Coffee dates are one of the things we miss the most in this season. We love meeting couples in person for a mini double date to hear their vision for their wedding day and share ways to make that come to life. While I am so grateful for technology to connect us right now virtually, there is so much we miss about physically being together. Like watching a couple hold hands and smile as they tell us the story of how they got engaged. Or when the soon-to-be bride beams as she looks down at her engagement ring. The joy from these moments is so contagious and we’re so honored to share in the excitement with you. We can’t wait to share coffee and life together in person again. Until then we are loving the ways we are connecting in these Instagram squares and stories.⠀ ⠀ What are you missing most in this season?
I learned so much about what it means to be a mother from my own. ❤️ Mamas are real life superheroes, y’all. Enjoy this day for all the mamas out there - those that yearn to be, those that can hug their kids in their arms, those whose babies have passed from this life, and for so many who take on the role of a mother to people in their lives. You’re so appreciated, so needed, so loved.
In happy news, couples are still getting engaged and reminding us all that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Hearts around the world are longing for Christ, all the more because many haven’t been able to receive Him in the Eucharist for weeks and especially today on Holy Thursday when we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist at the last supper.⠀ ⠀ I sometimes struggle connecting to parables throughout the year, Reminding myself that the Bible was written *literally* thousands of years ago in a different historical period with references and nuances that go over my head. (Side note: I’m grateful to biblical scholars and priests for helping us make sense of it all in its proper context!)⠀ ⠀ But when the Holy Week readings come around, I can relate. I can relate to community dinners breaking bread and drinking wine, to nights you don’t realize are the last goodbyes, to betrayal by friends, to feeling deep agony, to denial, to mockery, to isolation...you name it. Jesus experienced all of those things too. He experienced the raw emotional hardships of humanity. He understands both the warmth of community and coldness of suffering intimately. He *gets* it. ⠀ He is a source of refuge for all of us in this strange covid19 world when feeling abandoned and being isolated are becoming a norm. He shows us in the garden how to pray to God in our suffering. ⠀ ⠀ Now more than ever hearts are longing for you, Lord. Come close to us. In our singleness and loneliness, in our relationships, in our marriages, in our families. Be with us. Help us to carry our crosses and to wipe the face of others carrying theirs.
Pope Francis gave a Holy Week message to remind the world that what we need right now is creativity of love to overcome isolation. We saw that in full force at Timothy & Maddie's wedding as they moved their May wedding up to April 4. Their friends still found creative ways to support and celebrate this couple getting married even from a social distance! They watched the ceremony from a live stream then drove up for a “receiving line” in their cars to surprise the newlyweds with cheers out the windows. Car horns replaced glasses clinking to kiss, their first dance song was played over the speaker, and a friend even gave them a cheesecake to share since their original reception cheesecake bar is postponed. That is a community showing creativity of love and overcoming isolation. This is what we all need right now.
The guest lists may be getting cut, but joy isn’t! 🎉 Through all of our #covid19weddings we have been reminded of the beauty that remains even in times of fear. The Bible has “be not afraid” written in it over 300 times. Are we living out that message? These couples surely are! Their plans are changing, but they are showing us all an example of how to trust God more fully. His graces don’t stop just because church doors are closed. We carry those graces into our homes at a time when the strength and sanctity of the domestic church is needed most. 🙌