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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
“If you want world peace, go home and love your family.” - Mother Teresa When I first stumbled across this quote several years ago, just a few months into my marriage, I found it comforting, inspiring, and even a little sentimental. “Is that all?” I remember thinking. “I feel like attaining world peace is much … Continue reading Devotion in a Time of Pandemic
Even before the age of Instagram, the impetus to present an idealized image of our lives to the world has been a pervasive temptation. Somewhere along the line, humanity bought into the lie that success and strength are products of independent self-reliance, rather than shared reliance on community. The more we buy into this lie, … Continue reading Letting Go of Perfectionism by Embracing Weakness
Mere moments on Twitter are enough to alert us that our culture is plagued with demons. We live in a culture that responds to polarized politics and social values with contempt and hateful accusations that serve only to drive us further from one another, rather than seeking common ground. Even voices claiming to speak for … Continue reading Mercy for the Outcast: The Story God Wants Told
Today is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a religious sister who died in a concentration camp in Holland on August 9, 1942. She began life as Edith Stein, a Jewish atheist, philosopher, and professor. After her conversion in 1922, Stein spent 11 years writing, teaching and living as a witness to … Continue reading The Body of Christ According to Edith Stein
We are all hungry, and we all have the power to feed one another. It’s the simplest thing, to turn to one another and offer the gift of ourselves. But we’ve made a habit of withholding. We have the opportunity to be God’s tenderness and mercy for one another; how often we choose otherwise. We get in the habit of building up walls, counting our merits instead of our blessings.