In the New Season

There is snow all around. The road is full of ice; our house is draped and lantern-lit for so many dark hours. The Advent season is here and it feels as though the new year is well along already. Such an early winter, so many cold nights! I’m full of plans for making this year…

Hospitality in the Bohemian Catholic’s Benedict Option

Hospitality can be a huge struggle when you’re trying to shape an environment. We want to be welcoming, but we also want to keep our homes safe-havens for ourselves and our children. Sometimes, we feel that we can’t do both. How do we welcome the stranger as Christ when he comes with threatening ideas or…

The Bohemian Catholic’s Benedict Option

This autumn, in the dim, flicker of lamplight, we’ve been talking over our little family’s shifting focus. We’re longing to step farther outside the wide-world to build a stronger domestic monastery among the trees. We’re looking at stepping up into new intentions for our woodland life, and as we do, I find myself turning back…

Household Gods

“You often-comers, you sleepers in things, Who arise brightly.. Once more be it your morning, gods..” -Rainer Maria Rilke All houses are haunted in one way or another. The very old are haunted by relics of the past, ghosts, impressions, or emotions that can’t fade away, the very new are haunted by the possibilities that…

Quickly…

I’m blowing on my fingers as I type. The air isn’t cold, exactly, but chill… it’s fall at last. But are we ready? I can see places where winter firewood ought to be, see tasks that want doing awaiting me at every corner of this wild, little homestead. Autumn. Shorter days, longer darkness. So many…

The Catholic Grimoire: Mother Cover

“O Virgin, we extol the great Grace of thy protection, which did spread out like a bright cloud beyond all understanding; Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection; deliver us from every form of evil by entreating Christ, Your Son and our God that He may save our souls.”    The feast of…

Summer Icons: The Seven Sleepers

Have you heard of the Seven Sleepers? Commemorated as Saints in both the Eastern and Western Churches, tradition holds that these seven were awaited martyrdom in Ephesus in the 3rd century. Hiding in a cave they prayed to God and He cast them into a deep, long sleep. The Emperor Decius, who had found them…

Road Trip

My family went on a road trip last week. Our first very long drive since we took the kids to visit my family in Michigan a couple years ago, and our first real road trip since Yarrow was born 6 years ago. We had an amazing time! This was such a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us,…

Hermitage

The world is a scary place sometimes. There is war, confusion, angry people full of hate. Sometimes I hear the news and just want to hide. But we’re not out here to hide. My woods are dark and wild at night. I can hear the trees rustling as I walk out to the outhouse or…

Summer Icons: St. John and His Head

  It’s the season of St. John. He bookends the summer with his feasts. The days are long and bright, the moon is our friend and the nights – though brief, are refreshing. The Season of St. John is a woody season, an earth-season, a wild time of transition for many of us.. ‘He must…