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New life is waking up all around me. The first spring flowers yawn open. The bees pay a visit. A pink-headed hummingbird swoops down only to pause, suspended and in motion, so close I can see its feathers glisten. The green of seedlings planted weeks ago peek up from the blackness around them. All reminders … Continue reading Talitha Koum
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 … Continue reading Free Ebook “Look Through My Window: Glimpses of God in a Mother’s Heart”
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 … Continue reading We’re Moving!
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 … Continue reading A Prayer for Hope in the Darkness
According to the March of Dimes, the premature birth rate in the United States has been increasing over the past several years. In response, researchers focus on the prevention of this issue, as well as on treatments and solutions. Among these solutions is the potentially life-saving artificial womb. Although it is still only a theoretical possibility for human … Continue reading Could Artificial Wombs Mean the End of Abortion?
n 1933, Aldous Huxley imagined a Brave New World in which human reproduction was entirely artificial. No longer science fiction, the use of “artificial wombs” is news of the past. Researchers demonstrated the capacity to gestate animals in 2017, when a team at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia published the results of their study growing fetal lambs in what they … Continue reading Are Artificial Wombs the Future of Reproduction?
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!
Isaiah proclaims the word of the Lord: fasting means feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. How does this
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 … Continue reading Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)