Everyday Roses: Little Flower Spirituality for a Life in the Weeds

I am a recovering control freak, a woman with an anxiety disorder, a wife and mother learning how to balance … everything. I long for a contemplative life but don’t know how to sit in silence. I yearn to hear God’s voice but struggle to listen. I want to pray without ceasing but forget to make my life an offering. I desire to surrender everything to Jesus but don’t always trust him. I pledge to follow St. Thérèse’s Little Way of “everyday roses” but find myself living a life in the weeds.

I live in Raleigh, NC, and spend my days changing diapers, reading picture books, singing lullabies, and editing and writing for mostly Catholic publications. Passionate about supporting women in work, in life, and in health, I am the managing editor of Catholic Women in Business; a contributor at CatholicMom.com, Natural Womanhood and Live Today Well Co.; and a fertility awareness advocate and FEMM instructor at a pregnancy clinic. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with a cup of Earl Grey and a Jane Austen novel. I also volunteer with the pro-life ministry at my parish and play the piano and the flute. My favorite saints are Sts. Joseph, Zélie, Thérèse, Teresa of Calcutta, and Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).

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