Recently I received a most wonderful gift in the mail—a book. But not just any book. A wonderful resource of prayer and thoughtful parenting called “The Ascetic Live of Mothers” (Available HERE). Now, if you haven’t ever thought of motherhood as ascesis, now is the time for me to tell[…} Read more….
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Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes
The beginning of the liturgical year has passed for nearly a month. But now, we’re in-between feasts and fasts. Through the month of October, there are very few major celebrations to be had, and the fasting schedule appears regular; rather boring, one could say. But what does our life look[…} Read more….
Since making the transition to self-employment over seven years ago, I’ve continued to struggle with the idea of sabbatical—a mandated time where time off is dedicated for rest and worship and re-centering of life. I struggle with it daily (turning off the electronics, or just putting my feet up for[…} Read more….
Being firm doesn’t mean angry. Being firm doesn’t mean unenjoyable. Being firm doesn’t mean contentious. Being firm with my kids is like being a wall–strong, quiet, predictable, and given a set shape. It can feel contentious sometimes, or irritating. And when I get angry about being firm it doesn’t make[…} Read more….
Time invested in your own spiritual health is never wasted. Our culture doesn’t celebrate the slow build of daily action that is spurred on without a crisis to begin it. Persistence in your spiritual health is quiet, and often boring. There’s no fanfare for brushing your teeth every day; there’s[…} Read more….
Our culture has forgotten that Beauty is not a singular, outward thing. What is beautiful is not all appearance or something in the material world. It is also not a pursuit or an achievement. I cannot seek to become more truly beautiful than I already am (pureveyors of cosmetic surgery[…} Read more….
Muttering isn’t a good sign. It’s usually a curse, or a frustrated sentence I wish I could throw at another person (or even the world), but am afraid to utter in a louder voice for fear of being overheard. Muttering means I’m saying things I’m ashamed to say. Muttering means[…} Read more….
You never figure it out completely. You have to be purposeful every day. A difficult season may not leave fast enough, or require a tough lesson. A happy season may leave too soon, and make you cling to the past. You can prepare for it, like the seasons of the[…} Read more….
Prayer can be such a difficult habit for me to craft, because my life has such a variable rhythm to it. My days as a mother are varied in amounts of sleep and many different kinds of obligations. Worst of all, when I’m feeling busy or harried, I’m less likely[…} Read more….
In church and in home prayer, my children get very easily distracted. This is understandable, given their young age, and I work with where they are. But by far the most infuriating thing to me is when they distract each other. Sometimes it’s unintentional, but many times it’s that they’re[…} Read more….
It’s summer. It’s also back-to-school season. In the middle of the hubub of vacations, last-minute preparations, and maybe even dropping off older children at college, the Orthodox are fasting. This isn’t a fast like Nativity, where we build up to welcome the Christ child. This isn’t fast like Lent, where[…} Read more….
My toddler’s behavior during church is quite often disruptively athletic. Super wiggly, super chatty, and strong-willed, I’m sure many other moms have had the experience where their little ones insisted on their way or the high way. She’s great at doing what toddlers do–collapsing onto the floor, spinning in a[…} Read more….