Over time, my priorities shifted and along with it the rhythms and routines of my days. I completed my doctoral program, we had our third daughter, we moved back "home" as part of my transition from a K-8 school to teacher education, we built a house, I added in the role of being a director of religious education/youth minister, we had our fourth daughter...
In the mix, different aspects lined up for me to reconnect in a deeper way with my Catholic faith. I have realized over time that what I am drawn to read and write about most is linked to what matters most. As a result, the topics I am most drawn to read and write about are related to my faith. Nonetheless, I have struggled with writing regularly on this blog. I have many posts swirling around in my mind, but for the most part, I fill my spiritual notebooks, rather than write publicly.
Though I had been leaning toward pushing pause on my blog, instead, this year I want to recommit to trying to regularly blog. A natural fit/blogging comfort zone for me is to write about what I read. This year, I would like to blog about each book upon completion, so here's a preview.
1. The Bible
I read the daily readings each morning. Since The Bible is something I read on-going in different ways, I will need to make some decisions about when to give some glimpses into this important part of my reading life.
2. The Joy of Love: Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis
I started this in 2016 and have been reading it little by little in between other readings. I have read more about encyclicals from the Popes or seen them referenced in other books but would like to read more complete encyclicals. I received this book for free from Dynamic Catholic as part of the Parish Champion program in which our parish participates.
3. Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
I have received the Divine Mercy Daily emails for over a year and finally started reading the book.
4. The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections edited by Lisa Hendey and Sarah Reinhard
I am reading this one as a book club book for St. Teresa's Online Book Club (a closed Facebook group that you can join). Though this book won't be complete until the end of the year, I will probably blog about it after the book club focusing on the initial reflections is complete. This is the third book offered in this book club, and I plan on reading along and discussing each time.
To Be Read Pile
- Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
- The Way of Prayer by Teresa of Avila
- Confessions by Saint Augustine
- Under the Mantle by Fr. Calloway, MIC
- Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church by Brandon Vogt