The Best Thing You Will Do All Year For Your Children

To welcome guests to our home I keep a peace lily plant in a pot by the front door. Whenever its dark glossy green leaves lose their graceful arch and start wilting (usually when I’ve been too busy to notice it for a few weeks) I don’t just spray some water onto it and expect it to perk up.  I…

Return of the scapular!

It sounds a little bit like a B-grade horror movie doesn’t? Instead of this innocuous thing: One day maybe I’ll write an article about the history, spiritual significance, and practice of the wearing of a scapular. I can’t quite face that right now. Instead, let’s just say that it is a form of silent prayer and a very beautiful…

40 things to do before I turn 40

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week and now I’m really looking forward to my 40th and the start of a brand new decade. My 20s was about making two big life choices and having my first baby. My 30s was all about having four more babies and having a lot of the assumptions I’d held from my teens and 20s…