Big News, Life Changes, and a Quick Break!
Hello, and welcome back to the SundayMonday Tuesday!
As you may have gathered from the subject line of this email, there are some big life changes a-brewing over here! In just a few weeks, I will be moving to New York to attend NYU Stern School of Business to pursue my MBA full-time!! God is so good.
While I am so excited and grateful for this next step, it also means that right now and over the course of the next few weeks I will be:
- Wrapping up my current job and training my replacement
- Packing up my DC house, soaking up this gorgeous city and spending time with friends before I move
- Moving to and figuring out a brand new city
- Preparing to go back to school and hit the ground running!
Needless to say, the past few weeks have been truly wild and it’s going to get wilder, so, in the interest of always wanting to offer the very best of myself, I’m going to take a little break! This newsletter has continued every single week since our launching in June of 2020, and as much as I don’t want to break that chain, I also know that it will come back SO much better and stronger once I’m settled into the next chapter.
So what’s going to happen to The SundayMonday while I’m in business school?
Great question, glad you asked! Going back to school full-time means that I will be spending most of my waking hours pondering the intersection of faith, work, and life. I’ll be gaining an incredible education in career planning, design thinking, innovation, strategy, and more – all of which will allow me to serve this community in a more intentional, tangible way. I’m also SO excited to meet the incredible women in my class and bring them to you on the podcast. I cannot wait for the next iteration of The SundayMonday!
When will you be back?!
We will return to regularly scheduled programming on August 10. The great news is that there are two more podcasts in the pipeline, so those will continue to be released through most of July! After that, the newsletter and podcast will both be on hiatus for a couple of weeks. If you’re missing us, there are 30+ podcast episodes to catch up on, PLUS we’ll still be just as active on Instagram and Facebook!
There’s a TON coming this fall, including but not limited to the launch of our very first bible study, new resources and podcast series, and brand new content on our site and socials. This break will allow me to pray through and design this content so it best serves our community!
Thank you for your grace, prayers, and support as I dive into something that’s a little scary, a lot unknown, and totally in the hands of God. I love you all so much!! See ya August 10.
What we’re loving lately (on the blog and beyond!)
Theology of the Body
I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the past couple of weeks talking about and thinking about the Theology of the Body. If you haven’t been exposed to the beauty of TOB yet, I so encourage you to dive in! TOB is a collection of teachings from Pope John Paul II about the goodness of the human body, human sexuality, and God’s design for love. These writings strike the heart in the best way, and a great place to start is here with Christopher West’s book Theology of the Body for Beginners or here with Dr. Edward Sri’s book Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love.
Brooklyn is one of my favorite movies of all time, and since I picked up the book in a book box last week I have been devouring it. What a gorgeous story about stepping out in courage, moving to a new place, and experiencing the goodness of change and growth with open eyes and heart. I don’t know if it’s just resonating with me because of my season, but I think it really is so good and practical and beautiful. I highly recommend it!
Liturgical Living with Gabriela R. A. Doyle
The most precious blood of Jesus is an abstract concept for me to understand, so I looked for other ways to consider it when writing this column. I’m currently reading Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward’s perspective), and while vampires might be a weird way to start, bear with me here. Vampires exist on blood alone. For them to survive, another must die. The blood sustains them, courses through their bodies, and can hold them for weeks at a time. For Jesus, it is so much more. His blood was given willingly—a sacrifice offered rather than an un-consenting victim. We can receive his blood each week to sustain us, and his well never runs dry. He cares for us out of abundance, and it is love, not fear, that keeps us going.
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, some water benders were able to bend blood as well, forcing their victims to comply with their demands. But Jesus’s blood doesn’t do this. Jesus gives us his commandments and his own blood to drink, but it never compels us. He guides us gently with our own free will intact, and when we fall off the path, He is right there to forgive us and help us take the next step. None of this would be possible without His most precious blood.
This week, focus on your breathing and your blood. Feel your pulse beating when you take a walk. This is what it feels like to be alive. And this is what it feels like to know that Jesus is truly alive in all of us, thanks to His precious blood.
Words of the Week
“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
// Hans Urs von Balthasar
Intentions for This Week
For everyone in our community!
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Jane Kennedy lives in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and works in criminal justice reform. When she’s not working or writing, she’s probably catching up with friends on FaceTime, getting lost in Rock Creek Park, quoting C.S. Lewis, or trying to recreate Salt and Straw ice cream at home.