Friday, February 29, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Good morning Heidi,
Thank you so much for the beautiful March/April issue of “Canticle.” I serve as Director of Adult Faith Formation and Family Life Ministries at _____ Church in Kansas City, Kansas and I am long overdue to send a note of thanks for the magazine. It is a joy to share it in “Women of Grace” groups when in session and other groups such as parent groups, sacrament preparation classes, RCIA and many others.
I especially want to thank all who produce “Canticle” for the articles addressing the needs of widows. Our parish Grief Support group is filled with many wise, grace filled women and I have used thoughts from various articles in the past to share with them. Every month, our meetings begin with lunch (so many will not eat well at home because they don’t like to eat alone). After the meal, we celebrate birthdays and have a speaker or informal discussion. I always have a faith-based topic or article to start the discussion but this particular month was a struggle. Normally, I would be ready several days in advance but this month was different. I prayed for guidance and even though I still wasn’t sure of our direction for this month, I was at peace. I knew that my prayer would be answered. Tuesday, the day before our meeting, “Canticle” arrived in my mailbox. My eyes immediately were drawn to the headline “Stations of the Cross for Widows” and I knew that, yes indeed, my prayers were answered.
Our pastor, _________, and I read the “Stations of the Cross for Widows” together for our Grief Support Group. He introduced each station with a prayer and I read the reflection. We have had extraordinary gatherings with these adults before but nothing like this. The response was amazing – it touched the hearts of everyone. The beauty of the Stations combined with Dr. Chervin’s inspiration was a wonderful gift to these women and men this Lent. Someone understood them! Someone else had been there and that someone was Our Blessed Mother. How grateful we are for Dr. Chervin’s words and to “Canticle” for presenting them to us.
Thank you again for the work and dedication of all the staff to produce a faith filled publication that teaches women how to be Women of Grace. May God bless you all and please know that you can count on our continued prayers and support. We also are happy to join you in promoting “Canticle” magazine.
With gratitude from your sister in Christ,
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'd like to congratulate our contributers to the first two issues of 2008 for their excellent work. Please consider posting the cover image on your blog or website along with a bit about your article ... help us spread the word!
These issues feature the writings of ...
- Marie Pitt-Payne: "Waltz of Love"
- Genevieve Kineke: "Choosing Well ... with Good Reason"
- Gina Switzer: "Re-Discovering the Sacramental Imagination"
- Katherine Towne Sherwin: "Precious, but Prudent? A Reflection on Opposite-Sex Friendships"
- Anna Abbott: "'Hooking Up' With God: The Problem of Casual Communion"
- Jessica Mayo: "A Subtle Sin: Lust and the Womanly Heart"
- Theresa Cavicchio: "Grandparenting for God"
- Susan Ekins: "Taking Care of Me"
- Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur: "Prayer as a Tool for Christian Unity"
- Denise Bossert: "Judith: An Image of Feminine Valor"
- Ronda Chervin: "The Stations of the Cross for Widows"
- Gretchen Garrity: "Giving Lent a Try"
- Laura Yeager: "Grace-Filled Speaking"
- Lisa Hendey: "Knit Together in Love"
- Deb Richards: "Hope in the Desert"
- Pat Gohn: "Longing to Have Them Home"
- Karen Edmisten: "Seconds and Sacrifice"
- Sarah Reinhard: "Smells Like Roses to Me!"
Judy McCloskey: "Fear's Growth Potential"
“We all tend to want to walk in and flood these women with our knowledge and our enthusiasm, but the bottom line is, you have to wait and listen,” she says. “Each of these girls has unique problems and a unique trigger point that will make them go from thinking about abortion to ‘I can do this.’ I wait and listen and then put my arms around them and convince them that they’re going to be okay. Honestly, I never know what to say. It’s never me. It’s the Holy Spirit working through me.”
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
* a question about Mary
* a favorite Mary image you'd like to share
* a favorite Marian resource, prayer, or novena (especially one associated with a particular feast day).
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This Lenten issue is the first time we've decided to print an "Easter" insert (we're thinking of doing it for Easter and Christmas). I was hoping some of you might offer your first impressions:
Do you plan (as we intended) to remove the insert after you've read it and give it to someone else who might be interested in the magazine? Or are you going to just enjoy the magazine, intact?
What is your impression of how the insert "fits" with the rest of the magazine? Does it strike you as having a different focus/purpose? Or just more of the same?
Any other feedback?
If you don't want to go on record, go ahead and e-mail me privately: hsaxton (at) christianword (dot) com.
(Well, it WAS the Lent issue, so maybe she was just offering it up...)
Your *blushing* editor,
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
This is a beautiful prayer, both for this brave young woman or for any other loved one who is fighting for his or her life due to this awful disease.
St. Peregrine, pray for us!