Greetings! I hope your summer has been filled with adventure, spiritual growth, and quality family time. It certainly has been for me. I have some exciting news, but first I wanted to share a few awesome resources that I’d encourage you to check out for the summer ends.
The Daily Examen Prayer
First, I think I’ve mentioned before but I started doing a daily examen a few months back. I do it at night, and reflecting on the day guided by the Holy Spirit I write down prayers of thanksgiving, ask the Lord to forgive my faults, and ask for His divine assistance for continued growth in holiness. This has been difficult and extremely fruitful. Fr. Timothy Gallagher is an outstanding and holy priest who has dedicated most of his priestly life to studying teaching the spiritual practices of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The meat of all this is the daily examen and the 14 rules for discerning spirits (identifying the workings of the Holy Spirit and equally the temptations of the devil). You can find an outstanding audio series here on these 14 rules: Discerning Spirits. The other resource is his book on the daily examen prayer which you can find on Amazon here: The Examen Prayer.
The Art of Catholic
Second is a podcast by Matthew S. Leonard who I didn’t know anything about until a month ago. Let me tell you this: He is the man! Well, maybe not THE man, but he’s a good and holy man, and I promise you his podcast is worth your time. Here are my top 5 episodes in no particular order:
- Episode 51: Clearing up the Crusades, defending the middle ages with Dr. Andrew Jones
- Episode 66: Crushing Modernism & Regaining a Catholic Worldview
- Episode 53: The Love that made Mother Teresa
- Episode 67: The Catholic crisis of Masculinity…and what to do about it with Bear Woznick
In my last post I said the shop would be closed until the fall. Well, I was wrong. It will re-open August 1st!!! There are going to be a bunch of new products and designed that will surely help you grow in holiness. I’m really excited about each one. Several are collaboration projects with other Catholic makers. Stay tuned for the re-launch coming soon. The best news is that everything in the shop will be ready to ship. Instead of waiting 1-2 weeks, it will be in the mail in 1-3 business days. The bad news is once it’s gone, it’s gone. I will still be open for custom orders, and the best way to do that will be a waiting list. This will help ensure that I don’t make commitments to you that I can’t meet, and that you don’t have to pay for something you won’t see for 2 months.
Here’s the most exciting part of all though. Most of you probably know I’m a big fan of our Blessed Mother Mary (and you should too). Well, several months ago Mary connected me with a gentleman who also has a strong devotion to Mary and the rosary, and had been considering starting a business making high quality religious medals with all new designs. So for the past few months we’ve been slowly chipping away at creating some designs and figuring out the manufacturing process and we’re getting very close to our first production medal. As you can imagine, the cost of manufacturing has inherent costs associated with production. This is where I could use your help, and it’s really simple.
- Commit to praying a daily rosary (this one’s for you)
- Say an extra Hail Mary for all Catholic Artisans out there looking to restore a culture of religious art that truly glorifies our Lord and our Mother.
- Share the rosary with a friend or neighbor. Ask Mary to lead you to that person. Think of it as a prescription to anxiety, depression, illness, and suffering. Not in the sense of fixing so much as uniting it to the Cross through the mother of our Lord. You don’t have to be Catholic to pray the rosary, and you’d be surprised how natural it is for us to understand and seek a Mother’s love.
- When you run out of rosaries because of #3 above, consider restocking with beautiful handcrafted rosaries from our shop.
Between now and when the shop re-opens I’ll be sharing some previews of what’s coming this August. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this journey. I love this work, I’m passionate about the rosary, and it’s so refreshing to encounter so many of you who share this passion with me. Keep praying!