Year of the Family

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Reading for Virtue

By Well-Read Mom / February 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Reading for Virtue

What is it that enables literature to have such an influential sway over our very souls? What causes the youngest of children to relish fairytales, repeated countless times? What prompts a person to pick up the same well-worn novel and lovingly caress its binding before diving in once again? Picturesque visions of other worlds, the artistry of an author’s words, and the intricacies of plot all have the capacity to entertain. But why do the very best of books beckon to our souls, leaving them utterly transformed?

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Reading of books is a brilliant pastime to have

Is Reading Selfish

By Well-Read Mom / January 31, 2022 / Comments Off on Is Reading Selfish

The literature proposed opens our minds as mothers and women to something greater than our daily battles and successes at home and at work. When I take time during the day and put off other chores, other good things, and even the demands of my children for the sake of reading, I am making space for my own growth.

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Books provide the courage to face all challenges

Proceeding Gently, Yet Courageously into the New Year

By Well-Read Mom / January 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Proceeding Gently, Yet Courageously into the New Year

To the worried, to the overwhelmed, to the emotionally or spiritually exhausted, the honeyed eloquence of de Sales has a vivifying effect, buoying his readers against the spiritual assaults that frequently demoralize our efforts toward a deeper and more devoted relationship with Christ. In a season where mothers are often pushed to the brink of utter exhaustion and harried frenzy, Saint Francis emphasizes a spirit of patient calm.

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A Greater Awareness

By Well-Read Mom / December 20, 2021 / Comments Off on A Greater Awareness

When we read, we witness a drama being played out between the characters and their circumstances. This drama provokes questions in us – serious questions about the human experience – and we then realize that our life, too, is a drama. Great writers stir up questions that can be painful for us to face.

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A Horse in the Sand

By Well-Read Mom / December 13, 2021 / Comments Off on A Horse in the Sand

The mission of St. Frances and St. Jane was as attractive then, in the 1500s, as it is now, “that God loves us and wants to meet us in the ordinary circumstances of our lives – where we live, work, play and pray.” That everything matters. And I believe maybe He was trying to prove that to me by sending me a small horse in the sand.

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Home: Bearing with One Another Through Love

By Well-Read Mom / December 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Home: Bearing with One Another Through Love

The tidiness and aesthetic appeal of a dwelling does not instantaneously transform it into an authentic home. Though it’s hardly surprising that pleasure, beauty, calm, and happiness are incredibly alluring and, subsequently, tend to eclipse our focus on matters of eternal import, it is so vital that we, as Christians, recapture the significance of enduring through the trials and crosses of life for the sake of love.

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A Journey to the Hiding Place

By Well-Read Mom / November 29, 2021 / Comments Off on A Journey to the Hiding Place

A Reflection on the Consolation of Sacred Scripture by Nicki Johnston When the public celebration of Mass was suspended because of COVID, we informed our four young boys that we would be watching Mass online for a while. My four-year old looked up at me with his big blue eyes and asked, “But Mama, how…

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Till I Read With My Family…

By Well-Read Mom / November 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Till I Read With My Family…

I changed my mindset as to the role of reading in my family’s life. At some point, reading became something I did with my family rather than as an escape from them. Instead of trying to sneak in “me time” to read a book, I made reading integral to our home.

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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry explores human relationships

An Ode to the Ordinary

By Well-Read Mom / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on An Ode to the Ordinary

Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow is a meandering, poetic homage to community, human relationship, and leisure in a bygone era of pastoral, small town living. It forces us to ask: what really is most important in this life?

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The Sacredness of Names In Jayber Crow

By Well-Read Mom / October 26, 2021 / Comments Off on The Sacredness of Names In Jayber Crow

Wendell Berry is not alone in elevating the sacredness of names. Every mother knows the tremendous honor and responsibility of choosing, along with her husband, a name for each child.

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