Sometimes when I write something heavy (ahem, Sunday’s post), I get emotionally worn out and need to follow it up with something light and fluffy. And since I neeeeever manage to do link-ups because I’m a last-minute procrastinator and can’t get my act together in time to participate, I thought I’d get all fancy and join in with Jenna’s #FiveFaves. It wasn’t until after I’d made my list that I realized 3 out of 5 favorites were Benedictine. Not sure what that means, but it seems significant?
Alright, here’s what I’m into lately:
We’ve been digging this picture book by Brother John McKenzie, O.S.B. from Ignatius/Magnificat. It’s just right for Benjamin (age 6), but Lucy (age 3) can follow along, too. It’s written by a Benedictine monk and illustrated by a lay oblate and it’s based on the biography of St. Benedict by Pope Saint Gregory the Great. I always think of St. Benedict as kind of a Lent-y saint, so it’s a good read for this season. I just love a good picture book about saints. I’m pretty sure my local library is starting to hate all my inter-library loan requests for obscure saints life children’s books, but c’est la vie.
I have three pairs of leggings (grey, brown, and black) that I wear almost every day. But I am coveting these lovelies from Whole Parenting Goods because they’re just too adorable. What’s not to love? Organic, locally-sourced fabrics in gorgeous prints made by fellow Catholic mama blogger Nell. I mean, really.
Christy recommended this Rumer Godden novel to me and she’s never led me astray. I finished this semi-huge book in just over a week. The setting is Brede Abbey in 20th century Britain. The protagonist, Philippa Talbot is a successful business woman turned Benedictine nun. I would say more, but I could write pages and pages about how much I love it and we plan to chat about it in a future podcast, so you’ll just have to wait til then. As Kathleen Kelly says, “Read it. I know you’ll love it.”
I made Daniel try this stuff after the great sell, “Taste it…it’s soooo weird. Like…alien food, or something from Star Trek.” He was disgusted. I’m mildly obsessed. Gwen is into it, too, and cries when there’s no more “bucha.” I’m doing a modified lenten whole30 though, so it could be that I just think it tastes yummy since it’s been awhile since I had a gin and tonic.
Cute baby break. You’re welcome. I mean check out that baby bun!
Need some Lenten tunes? The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles have you covered. I love everything these sweet ladies do. Advent at Ephesus, Angels and Saints at Ephesus are great albums, too, and I JUST discovered they’re releasing an Easter at Ephesus album next week. (Hooray!) They definitely help bring some peace and order in the midst of chaos at my house. It’s kind of like a tranquility button. I turn it on and suddenly the children that were doing somersaults off the couch decide to color sweetly at the kitchen table. I dig it.
What are you into lately?
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