Remember the Date

In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis says, “the believer is ‘one who remembers.’” And one of the ways we remember the important markers in our faith journey is by recalling significant dates—holy days, saints’ days, Christmas, Easter. The pope...

The Minimalism Game

At the end of August, a friend challenged me to play the Minimalism Game for a month. I clicked on the link and discovered that for each day of the month, I would need to get rid of that number of things: one on Sept 1, two on Sept 2 and so on. My knee-jerk response was, “I can’t possibly do...

Called to Joy

Joy, like love, is often a decision, an act of the will, rather than a spontaneous emotion. St. Francis knew this when he told his companion, Brother Leo, that perfect joy would be not reacting to violent rejection by the gatekeeper at his own friary. Pope Francis knew this when he wrote his apostolic...

Finding Clarity

I’ve read all the books and articles about organization and decluttering but I always find excuses for not doing it. Even when my spare room upstairs looked like it could audition for an episode of Hoarders, it was either too hot, too cold, I didn’t have enough time, or I was too tired. I would...

Bathtub Reading

My bathroom is tucked under the coombed ceiling of my top floor, so instead of taking a quick shower in the morning, I allow time for a leisurely bath. And I always have one or more books designated at “tub reading.” These titles tend to be thoughtful, reflective kinds of books, something to...

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