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Garage Office Project Update 1

Started demo on a small (20 sq. ft.) closet in our garage that will hopefully soon become a quiet place to pray and work and video conference in (moderate) peace.

Today:

  • Clean out junk.
  • Demo down to studs
  • Consult a good friend re: insulation, AC, and drywall
  • Purchase AC unit and insulation
  • Test potential layout before installing insulation and drywall

Podcast as a Book Club? I am attempting to read a good book with a group of people from our school and beyond while maintaining distance and avoiding yet another virtual meeting. Feel free to follow along and participate here!

While it is geared towards our school families, you might find this short family prayer guide to be a helpful resource as you seek to mark these new home days with Holy moments.

Parking Lot Observation:

People are currently dressing in public the way people dress for classes their Freshmen year of College.

Half of the population are dolled-up because they are finally in public. The other half are proud to still be in their PJs.

Daily Chapel is a hallmark of our school’s program.

We have been working to create a series of At-Home Chapels that help students make sense of all that is happening in the world.

You can check out this growing collection of chapel videos here.

The first in a somewhat daily series of 15-minute breaks from the news that will heal your soul.

Our Rector’s sermon this morning was beautiful, and model of how to preach in the midst of a crisis.

Honored to be among the clergy of Church of the Incarnation and the Diocese of Dallas.

C.S. Lewis on Panic

It was to a room full of people in a similar situation to our own that C.S. Lewis once spoke these words:

The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.

Doodle of Lewis’ talk available here.

Billie Wynn Jordan, born on March 3rd, officially makes us a family of five. Zoë got her little sister!

Billie Wynn Jordan

Born 3.3.2020

Last year I taught a class at Coram Deo called Becoming Saints. Since that class, our oldest daughter has remained interested in learning about Saints. She especially loves discovering Saints whose Feast Days align with a friend or family member’s birthday.

While this is an odd thing to brag about … our family has some great birthday Feast Days. Mine is St. Irenaeus of Lyons, defender of second-century orthodoxy and subject of my Masters thesis. Vivien’s is Mother Theresa. Our oldest daughter has St. Clare of Assisi, and our son’s birthday falls on the Feast of the Apostles St. Jude and St. Simon.

Once we arrived home from the hospital and got a few hours of sleep, I pulled out my handy Saint of the Day book and searched for March 3rd. When I first saw the entry, I was a bit disappointed. Most of our family’s Saints span the great history of the Church; Billie’s lived in the 20th century. St. Katharine Drexel, who died in 1955.

But as I continued reading, I was encouraged by both the opening sentences of her her story and by the commentary offered by the Saint of the Day editor, both of which you can read below:

Opening Sentences

If your Father is an international banker and you ride in a private railroad car, you are not likely to be drawn into a life of voluntary poverty. But if your mother opens your home to the poor three days each week, and your father spends half an hour each evening in prayer, it is not impossible that you will devote your life to the poor and give away millions of dollars. Katharine Drexel did that.

Editor’s Commentary

Saints have always said the same thing: Pray, be humble, accept the cross, love, and forgive. But it is good to hear these things in the American idiom from one who, for instance, had her ears pierced as a teenager, who resolved to have “no cake, no preserves,” who wore a watch, was interviewed by the press, traveled by train, and could concern herself with the proper size of pipe for a new mission. These are obvious reminders that holiness can be lived in today’s culture as well as in that of Jerusalem or Rome.

May Billie—and her parents!—follow the example of this modern Saint.