#HolyPeople: Sister Mary Virginia’s Story

“Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.”

I hope you’re having a Blessed (Roman) Pentecost! Today’s #HolyPeople features the work of Jessica Archuleta of Every Home a Monastery, who as an Eastern Catholic on a different liturgical calendar is still anticipating Pentecost’s arrival.

 

 

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#HolyPeople: Father Tom’s Story

“He seemed to see God’s fingerprints in nature, and Jesus in the people he interacted with.” 

On this vigil of Pentecost, today’s #HolyPeople story comes from Rita Buettner.

”Rita is a wife, working mother and author of the Catholic Review’s Open Window blog. She and her husband adopted their two sons from China, and Rita often writes about topics concerning adoption, family and faith. Rita also writes The Domestic Church, a featured column in the Catholic Review. Her writing has been honored by the Catholic Press Association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and the Associated Church Press.”

#HolyPeople: A Celebration of Pentecost

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that starting tomorrow, May 15th, I will be showcasing the work of several very talented writers I know! This series of essays, called #HolyPeople, will honor some of the holiest, most life-changing people these bloggers have ever met.

Christ sent us his Advocate at Pentecost to give us the gifts of holiness. He sent the Paraclete to fulfill, as St. Peter said, the words of the prophet Joel:

“‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.”

These holy gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord are accessible to everyone. But they are measured out and packaged in a unique and unrepeatable fashion to each of the faithful, creating a fantastically diverse body of Christ. Author C.S Lewis describes this phenomenon in Mere Christianity:

“There are no real personalities apart from God. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most ‘natural’ men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been; how gloriously different are the saints.”

#HolyPeople will feature the original works of the following writers:

I am privileged to be in such good company and excited to read the stories of people with a passion for The Holy Spirit and His Church. If you have a story about someone holy who has made a lasting impression on your life, feel free to join us using the hashtag #holypeople on Twitter or Facebook!

Gardening with the Griswolds

Pardon the abrupt hiatus from regular blog posts! I’ve been out having fun. One thing cancer teaches you is to seize the good days and get outside in God’s creation. That’s a privilege not everyone enjoys.

“God passes through the thicket of the world, and wherever his glance falls He turns all things to beauty.” -St John of the Cross

We even planted a cherry tree! There was freezing cold mud, fumbling digging of holes, laughing, yelling, cursing, wailing and gnashing of teeth. But it’s growing, and now we await the day it bears fruit. If that’s not a metaphor for life with God, I don’t know what is.