Archive for the Blessings category

Women's Christmas 2017: Walking the Way of Hope

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Image: Wise Women Also Came © Jan Richardson Friends, it is that time of year when I get to wish you a Merry Women's Christmas and share a gift that I've created for you in celebration of the day! You might already know that in some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings […]

Women's Christmas 2016: Home By Another Way

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Image: Wise Women Also Came © Jan Richardson Happy Epiphany! You might already know that in some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is also celebrated as Women's Christmas. Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day […]

Women's Christmas 2015: Illuminating the Threshold

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Image: Wise Women Also Came © Jan Richardson Did you know that in some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is celebrated as Women's Christmas? Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day when the women, who […]

Women's Christmas: The Shimmering Hours

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Image: Wise Women Also Came © Jan Richardson In some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is celebrated as Women's Christmas. Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic […]

The Magdalene's Blessing

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Image: The Blessing Cups: Jesus and Mary Magdalene at Tea © Jan L. Richardson Blessings to you on this eve of the Feast of Mary Magdalene! Earlier this year, at the Women's Convocation in Bellevue, Washington—a marvelous gathering whose speakers included Sr. Helen Prejean and Clarissa Pinkola Estés—I had the opportunity to speak on the […]

Women's Christmas: The Map You Make Yourself

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Wise Women Also Came © Jan L. Richardson In some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is celebrated as Women's Christmas. Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic […]

Provision and Plenitude: Feast of Saint Brigid

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Brigid © Jan L. Richardson This week offers us plenty of cause for celebration, with two feast days in store. February 1 is the Feast of Saint Brigid, the beloved Celtic saint whose leadership helped shape the early church in Ireland. Famous for her hospitality ("Every guest is Christ," Brigid said), Brigid was a worker […]

Celebrating Women's Christmas

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Wise Women Also Came © Jan L. Richardson In some parts of the world, Epiphany (January 6, which brings the Christmas season to a close) is celebrated as "Women's Christmas." Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic […]

A Spiral-Shaped Sanctuary

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Grünewald Guild Labyrinth This is the penultimate night of my two-week sojourn at the Grünewald Guild, a wondrous retreat center in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State where I teach every summer. Devoted to exploring and celebrating the connections between art and faith, the Guild is something of a second home for me—a place where […]

Mother's Day: Blessing the Mothers

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

With Mom at Portage Glacier, Alaska, 1994 Right after my parents married—Mom was nineteen, Dad was twenty-two—they moved to Alaska, where Dad was newly stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. They would spend almost three years there, nearly a continent away from Florida, where they had both grown up and where their families […]