Preparing the Family for Great Lent (with printables!)

Great Lent is the path back home to Paradise. Because of their sins, Adam and Eve were cast out of Paradise, but through repentance and fasting, we find our way home: we take the journey to Pascha, when Christ will trample down death by death and break down the gates that closed us out of Paradise. How glorious! We are invited to prepare for that journey right now, and to take it…

Great Lent is Coming, and We’ve Got You Covered

We are so excited to announce that our new book, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families, is now available at the Ancient Faith Store! Great Lent begins on March 11, so it’s time to start planning how to lead your family in a meaningful fast. In addition to the meditations in the book (or Audible audiobook, if you prefer), you might want to think about creating a…

Guest Post: Great Lent with the Wenger Family!

Many thanks to my friend and co-author, Kristina Wenger, for this wonderful guest post on living Great Lent with children! Timm and Kristina have two wonderful children, and here she talks frankly about how their Lents have looked over the years.   Elissa invited me to write a blog post for “Raising Saints,” answering the questions “What did Great Lent look like in your family? What did you do with your kids…

Of Grave Blankets and Prayer for the Dead

Every Christmas, the cemetery where my son has been laid to rest sends a mailer offering to place Christmas decorations on his grave for me. Throughout the year, I think of my son as being alive in Christ, present in the chalice, and always available to respond to prayerful requests (Luka, run and help her!) Then the annual mailer shows up, and I am reminded of the other truth: my son is…

Thanksgiving

I’m grateful for a national day of giving thanks. It’s good to embrace this day every year — not waiting until everything in our lives is perfect, not waiting until we get past this current problem, but stopping in the midst of life’s difficulties and chaos to be grateful. There will always be another challenge, another difficulty to overcome, so we can’t wait to give thanks. Indeed, if we can be grateful…