October 2016

It’s October and we are called to love our neighbor! Thank you for connecting with us each month. Feel free to share with your friends!

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We’re Podcasting Again!

This month I recorded a new podcast for From the Well, the podcast series of The Academy for Spiritual Formation. “A Light Task: Bringing Peace Through Silence and Hospitality” explores the ways in which God calls us to simple practices to reconnect with our neighbor. This goes well with our monthly theme of “Loving Our Neighbor,” and offers ways to stay connected with others during this challenging political season.

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Prayer & Chocolate

Celebrate National Chocolate Day with us! Didn’t know there was a connection between chocolate and prayer beads? Read about Kristen’s Favorite Things (below) to learn more!

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Many of you are familiar with my mom’s prayer cards. As an artist with a deep love for God, she creates gorgeous handmade cards of faith.

One of her favorite products is sets of mini cards. These small business-card-sized designs are intended to be given away. Give one to a friend who is having a difficult time. Give one to a stranger on the street who is in need of help. Give one to a church member who is in need of prayer.

Each set comes with 15 cards. Check out her designs in our Etsy shop or in hers.

These mini cards make a perfect way to practice “Loving Our Neighbor!”


 Praying: Loving Our Neighbor.

Daily Meditation

Prayer Bead Devotion

This month our theme is “Loving Our Neighbor.” Jesus says the Greatest Commandment – indeed, our purpose in life – is to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbor as ourself. But this seems harder than usual during the presidential election season. People are divided by their politics, breeding suspicion and distance. And so I offer this devotion to help us consider how God calls us to love others, even when we disagree on who to vote for.

Cross: Loving God
Invitatory bead: who calls us into relationship
Resurrection bead: through your Son, Jesus Christ.
First cruciform bead: As the God of Deepest Love, you created us in your image.
Week beads, set 1: Use each bead to consider what it means to be created in the image of God, who is Perfect Love. What does that mean for you?
Second cruciform bead: You love us, and invite us to return that love with our whole being.
Week beads, set 2: Use each bead to consider how God calls us to love God with our entire being: heart, mind, soul, and body. How can you express that love?
Third cruciform bead: You created us to express our love for You through our relationships with others.
Week beads, set 3: Use each bead to reflect on how God calls you to love others. How can you express that love?
Fourth cruciform bead: Your capacity for love is greater than our capacity for conflict. Help us to live into your love when we find it difficult to love others.
Week beads, set 4: Use each bead to consider what it means that God’s love is greater than yours. How can you turn to and rely on God’s love to get you through times of conflict? How can you offer God’s love to others even when you are not feeling it?
Resurrection bead: In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
Invitatory bead: who modeled your love for us.
Cross: Amen

Listening Focus: I offer God’s love to my neighbor

Kristen’s Favorite Things

Chocolate and prayer beads!

Celebrate National Chocolate Day on October 28!

If you’ve known me for even a little while you know I love chocolate. Dark chocolate. And my all-time favorite dessert is chocolate mousse. Problem is, not all chocolate mousses are created equal. Some are really nothing more than a good chocolate pudding. A great chocolate mousse is rich, fluffy yet dense, and very chocolate-y. And so it is I’ve committed myself to finding the perfect chocolate mousse recipe. It is my lifelong quest. Someone needs to do it, so it might as well be me.

October 28th is a high holy day in my house because it is National Chocolate Day. As I’ve written about in previous blog posts, this day has significance in the prayer bead world as well: turns out, the oldest rosary in recorded history belonged to Lady Godiva. Aside from the fact she has a GREAT story, she is, of course, inspiration for the Godiva chocolate company. Chocolate – prayer beads. Prayer beads – chocolate. This is why God called me to this ministry.
So enjoy some chocolate with your prayers tonight. We are loving the look of this chocolate mousse recipe by David Lebovitz (at the bottom of the linked post). This is the one I’m going to make and try for the first time. Fingers crossed that it’s an amazing mousse!