I’ve read and listened to a few things these past few weeks that I thought I’d share with you. I apologize for not writing more frequently – but we’re in the full swing of summer over here. And while it’s not the same kind of busy as the school year, it’s still busy. Every day, every week, a new schedule, a new driving route for mom, a new job or activity for a child, new chores, many many more dirty dishes, much time spent thinking up activities that do not involve a screen of any kind. Or whining. Just say no to the whining.
It’s a break, but not a lazy break! But it’s very nice to see their faces around more often! Love those faces!
So, here are a few things that have touched me for various reason. What do you think? Which is your favorite?
Are You Lonely, Mama? from When at Home
Last night, I was in bed, ready for sleep, doing my nightly terrible habit of scrolling through my facebook feed, when it hit me. It grasped my heart and stole my peace. It was just something as simple as a photo of a few moms hanging out and their playful comment banter under the photo. But it hit me hard. Jealousy. Bitterness. ANGER. And then when those feelings had faded away, all that was left was loneliness.
Why Scruffy Hospitality Creates Space for Friendship from Knox Priest
But over the past several months, Emily and I are learning to lay those conventions aside. Why? Because inviting friends into our lives when we are only ‘excellent’ isn’t friendship. Sure, there are still times we like to go all out, spruce up the house and cook a huge, Jamie Oliver style meal. It can be fun and it’s enjoyable to do things well. But that standard of excellence is rarely possible with two children under the age of 3. Friendship isn’t about always being ‘excellent’ with one another. Friendship is about preparing a space for authentic conversation. And sometimes authenticity happens when everything is a bit scruffy.
What I’m Never Going to Tell You From Elizbeth Foss (whether you homeschool or not, there is much to be gleaned here)
So I don’t leave you with promises that all will be rosy if you just work hard enough at it. I only leave you with the promise of His grace in the hard moments, the moments that you are sure you’ve failed at the one thing you’ve worked hardest at your whole life. I leave you this morning with words of hope for mothers in anguish:
In the Breaking of the Bread - Homily by Fr. Jonathan Raia at St. Mary’s Catholic Center
A homily from the third Sunday of Easter – the road to Emmaus. I love my parish. I love my priests. Go take a listen. And then click around and listen more here. You won’t be disappointed!
Cutting to the Spiritual Core From Dr. Tom Neal at Word on Fire
Though I struggled to understand everything he said through his thick accent, I was able to discern the main lines of his story. He told me about life growing up in poverty in Vietnam, about their families’ immigration to the U.S., and about their love for the Church and the priesthood. He asked me what I did at the seminary, and when I told him I was Academic Dean, responsible for the intellectual formation of the seminarians, he became very animated and said,
That’s all I have for now. What have you read lately that has inspired you?