Midsummer bits: Writing project, “prayer by stealth,” and why my kids are way more insightful than I am


1.  Is it really almost mid-July?  Oof.  It reminds me of something that a teacher friend of mine used to say: June feels like Friday, July feels like Saturday, and August feels like Sunday.  Truer words were never spoken.

2.  The summer has been particularly busy this year because of a new book  project (yay!).  It has a fairly aggressive deadline and I was super-lucky that it coincided with my break from teaching, otherwise there’s simply no way I could have done it.  I’ll blog more about it soon, but suffice to say that it’s super-exciting and it’s a collaborative effort with some other authors I really  reeeaaalllly admire and I am getting a whole lot out of the process of writing it.   Sorry to be so coy — I promise to say more about it soon.  At any rate, it is keeping me hoppin.’

3.  If you are a mom, you know that it is a challenge for us mom-people to find quiet morning time for things like shaving our legs, let alone solo prayer.  But I have found a fabulous new method of sneaking Scripture reading into my day.  I think of it as Prayer by Stealth (insert “mwah ha ha” sounds).

Going back a bit: at LA Congress in February, I was walking through the exhibit hall when I was handed a free copy of Give Us This Day, a daily prayer magazine.   (I love LA Congess for many reasons, not least of which is the swag.)


It has morning prayers for every day of the month, and Mass readings, and evening prayers, and all kinds of other goodies like short insightful reflections and lives of the saints and other inspiring folk.  (Oh, and the editorial team includes James Martin, Kathleen Norris, Timothy Radcliffe, and Ronald Rolheiser. Sold!) I loved the idea of doing morning devotional readings, but really, when was I going to find the time?

And then I realized something: If I sneak a cup of coffee back to my bedroom in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work, I can sit down at my prayer desk and take five minutes to do the daily readings.   The boys think I’m spending all that time back there getting dressed, so they leave me alone.  It’s so simple but so effective!  Why did it take me so long to figure this out?

Of course, my cover will be blown as soon as the boys start reading this blog.  Happily, I don’t think I have to worry about that anytime soon.   And that stealthy  little morning ritual is, I’ve found, a very good way to start the day.

4.  Speaking of boys, both of them love to come into our room on weekend mornings and crawl into bed with us.  It’s very sweet (even though it sometimes happens about an hour too early, but whatever).

And it led to the following small-boy observation over the dinner table just recently.  “I know what heaven is like,” said our little theologian.

“What’s heaven like?” I asked.

“Heaven is like a big comfy bed with Jesus in it.”

I’m not sure why I am the one blogging in this family.  My kids are miles more insightful than I am.

Happy midsummer!

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