My newsletter is Sisters and Friends: Refresh Your
Soul with Melanie Rigney, and you can read about the latest issue, download it, or subscribe from this page. Each month, I'll share something about a
Catholic saint and woman living today who will inspire you, spiritual resources, and a brief note of where I'll be in the coming month.
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Ssshhhh! Stop talking and listen. No, not you. Me! That's what I intend to do for a few days this month at the Holy Cross Abbey Retreat House. I expect to open my mouth when I visit their bakery, but it's my heart I mean to keep open.
Twofers. Women saints who knew each other, were related, or crossed paths in meaningful, personal ways will be my specialty for the next little while. Take these two: Anna Maria Taigi and Elizabeth Canori Mora. These two friends supported each other through the more or less ordinary trials and tribulations of life while also doing extraordinary work as lay members of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity in Rome. This century, or any century, you meet some the nicest people while on missions for Christ.
Michele Huey is my friend in faith this month. That would be Michele the talented, the kind, the faithful and the indominitable. Let me recount the ways she has earned her nicknames... In the newsletter. Get to reading.
On my nightstand is a former barfly and Catholic convert's book, Shirt of Flame. Heather King specializes in "mystery, smarts and laughs" on her blog. Her book shares one year of dealing with loss through St. Therese of Lisieux's "Little Way." So, what's on your nightstand?
Berryville, baseball, babies, and Bible-study should make for a bountiful, beautiful month. Come along for the ride in my newsletter, and tell me what you're up to, too.
What has gone before:
May, in literature and in life, is a time for joy and friendship. May it live up to that for you. And if it doesn't, read a book, or a poem, and try again.
St. Isidora the Simple did not wear a glass slipper to the ball, but that was only because there were no glass slippers in Fourth Century Egypt and by all accounts she wouldn't have gone to a ball anyway. She was dedicated to Christ to the exclusion of all else, forsaking comfort and taking on the most unpleasant tasks. An angel directed a hermit to the monastery where he sought a woman of extraordinary grace. St. Isidora, of course. Her 400 sisters did their best to demonstrate that their devotion was as profound as hers, and it was all too much for St. Isidora. She escaped to the desert to continue her simple worship of Jesus in earthly solitude.
Cathy Elliott is this month's featured friend in faith. Hers is a journey of ever-increasing devotion, of finding creative ways to deepen her relationship with the Lord. Check out the newsletter for the ways her inner beauty shines.
On my nightstand is Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser by Lewis Richmond, a Zen Buddhist priest. It's all too clear to me that I am growing older, so I might as well make sure I'm doing it as well as I can. Besides, now that we've lost Robert Pirsig, it seems more or less natural to contemplate Zen and the Art of Aging.
Candace Means is the winner of a signed copy of Lori Stanley Roeleveld's Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life). See the newsletter for an invitation to nominate recent books written by women that have aided you on your spiritual journey. It's easy and potentially profitable which is as good a deal as any you're ever going to get.
May will be a busy month! I'll be working with the Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women, St. Agnes, and Landings International. Click here and here and here for some of the events in which I'll be involved. Among the things I'll be talking about is this. If you don't want to click on anonymous-looking links, you know where to read all about it.