Homemaking Through Lent

In homemaking, one thing I would like to encourage is to give value to the innermost experiences of your soul, not just the outward.  In other words, homemaking is not just about whether or not the house is picked up or the everyone has clean underwear (although those things are nice, Smile)  , but how you feel  about your family and your home during each season.  How  does your homemaking reflect the seasons of your soul.

This is the eve before Lent begins in the Western Church.  Before you decide to click off this page because you are not Christian or anything else, realize that Lent is a season that anyone can celebrate.  It is a journey of the heart and the mind, a time of examination and stillness, a time of renewal of life, of renewal of mind heading into a spring that right now seems so far away.  For me, Lent is a time where I deliberately examine my own choices – how I am using my time, am I serving my family, am I taking care of myself?  It is a time to find a renewed source of strength.

I would like to walk through these days with you with my favorite friends:  some of the Celtic Holy ones.  I love the Celtic Saints, or you can just call them your Celtic Holy Companions, because they were so very interesting and inspiring and I do think they represent a point of commonality amongst all Christian denominations and form a bedrock of Western Civilization.  In Advent, we often travel through Advent and mark St. Nicholas Day and Santa Lucia Day for cultural reasons, for religious reasons and for personal reasons to find light in the darkest of days.  Why not do this in Lent?  There are wonderful holy people to be celebrated during Lent to inspire you to renewal.

Here is a brief background, based on my understanding of the early Celtic Church, that might help you understand the Celtic Saints a little better:

I am part of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion.  We trace our roots back to Great Britain and through that to the original apostles of Jesus.  Roman soldiers brought Christianity with them when they headed over to Britain in the second century AD.  By the fourth century AD, after two hundred years of Roman occupation, most of the population was Christian, but when the Roman legions withdrew, the Christians had to cope with waves of pagan invasion and Christianity was pushed west into Wales and southwest into Cornwall. The cultures of Wales, Scotland and Ireland became an influential foundation for Christianity today.  And from this  history and in these areas, some of the greatest evangelists of the church, the greatest saints of the church arose:  St. Ninian, St. Columba, St. Patrick and more.

The roads of the Romans never went into Ireland, and I don’t think went very far into Scotland or Wales.  People walked long distances and prayed along the way.  This Lenten season, I invite you to journey with me and my companions as we walk together in a homemaking of the soul.

Many blessings,

Carrie

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8 thoughts on “Homemaking Through Lent

  1. Hi Carrie,
    Great post. Does this mean there will be future posts during Lent about the Celtic saints? If so, I would really love this. I lived and worked in Ireland one summer (15 years ago!) teaching 3-5 year olds. I love anything Celtic. :)

    Also, any ideas on Celtic saints to study for 2nd grade? I am relatively new to an Episcopal church and the whole idea of the saints, the liturgical year, etc.

    Kind of unrelated to the saints, are you familiar with the Godly Play curriculum that is used in Episcopal and other liturgical denominations? I’m trying to find something like this to meld with Waldorf to use at home. Any ideas?

    • Susan
      Yes, more posts are to follow. There are some wonderful books on Celtic Saints out there to tell stories off of, especially Saint Cuthbert (look for the little book Ravens At Farne), Saint Patrick (look on line Main Lesson website and Tomie dePaola’s book), Saint Columba, Saint Kevin and the Cow (can also try to book The Blackbird’s Nest).

      Follow through the liturgical year with the saints in your own church. My own Episcopal parish focuses on the Celtic Saints and icons a lot. Talk to your priest or Children’s Ministry Leader for ideas. Also try the website Full Homily Divinity for more ideas.

      Godly Play is similar to Children and Worship…many Waldorf families use this at home.. Try the Godly Play website and books for Godly Play available on Amazon.

      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  2. Have you read Mary Earle and Sylvia Maddox’s book Holy Companions? It is great. Both are wonderful women that I was privileged to work with in church settings as well as my former job as the manager of an ecumenical bookstore. I also am quite drawn to the Celtic saints. Great post!

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