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Free Ebook “Look Through My Window: Glimpses of God in a Mother’s Heart”

Happy Easter! To celebrate, I want to share my ebook with you for FREE this week. A collection of short reflections from the blog, Look Through My Window invites readers into my journey of finding the profound in the simple and the beauty in the mess. I'm also very excited to announce that Spirituality of…

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We’re Moving!

We are excited to announce that Spirituality of the Ordinary is moving to a new site! If you are one of our loyal WordPress followers, don't fret - you can still be notified of all our new content by signing up for our newsletter. As an added bonus for joining, we will send you the…

A Prayer for Hope in the Darkness

We've given up a lot this Lent, haven't we? Mostly, I've been struck with gratitude for what we do have: a comfortable home, enough food to eat, a yard for the kids to run around, financial stability. Still, even for our family whose sacrifice in staying home is minimal - This. Is. Hard. It's hard…

Five Great Novels for Lent

The human soul is moved by the beautiful. In fiction lies the unique opportunity to experience life outside of ourselves. Novels help us explore the gray areas of life and develop within us our deep and uniquely human capacity for empathy. Whatever your prayer practices or Lenten sacrifice may be, the themes in these novels will complement the spirit of the Lenten season!

Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)

The conversation starts as Ash Wednesday approaches: “What are you giving up for Lent?” Over the years I’ve heard people respond, “I’m not giving anything up this year. I’m doing something extra.” I used to be one of them - that is, until I realized that isn’t enough. That “something extra” can be a great…

How to Choose a Lenten Penance

Lent is a great experience of spiritual solidarity for Catholics. We fast together, pray together, and fall in love again with the central beauty of our faith: suffering never has the last word, and always has meaning in light of the cross.  The spiritual practice of fasting has the unique capacity to remind us of…