Jane Kennedy

Meeting God in Discomfort

This past week I was with some friends when one made a very astute observation: ​ "We've lost the ability to sit in discomfort." ​ Think about it. You're hungry? You can order dinner to your door in 20 minutes without even needing to get off the couch, clicking more...

Making Space

It's a feeling. You know it, and I know it. A quickening pulse, frantic glances at the time, and hurried decisions about what stays and what goes. Being over-scheduled, overworked, and overwhelmed has become commonplace in our culture. We rush from one thing...

A Lent Well Spent

I read these words written by Thomas Merton earlier this week, and I can't get them out of my head. And since I'd rather share something beautiful than try and wrestle words of my own to be even half as profound, I'm going to share them here. ​ From No Man is a...

The Blender in the Snowstorm

“Each time of life has its own kind of love.” - Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness and Other Stories ​ This weekend we celebrate the day of love, a day marked by pink hearts and chocolates and flowers. For many, it's a beautiful reminder of the love in their lives. For...

The Feminine Genius (Or why I watched Little Women 17 times in 2020)

I really, really like the movie Little Women (referring in this instance to Greta Gerwig’s 2019 masterpiece). I saw it for the first time last Christmas. At the insistence of countless friends, my mom and I finally caved in and headed to the theater. For the next two...

From Sleepless to Snoozin’

When I first moved to DC, I struggled with insomnia like never before.   I would lay in bed for hours, tossing and turning and getting even more stressed out when I thought about how many hours of sleep I was losing. I felt like I tried everything – I cut out...

Finding Peace with Food this Holiday Season

  Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day with my family – whipping up apple crumble, sautéing green beans and enjoying a meal with all six of us around the table. This morning, I woke up and tried to figure out why it was such a good day. Then, it hit me....

Why You Should Choose a Word of the Month

At the beginning of 2020, I ambitiously announced my word of the year: lightheartedness.   I wanted to live more lightly, to hold things more loosely, to experience the highs and the lows with joy. Lighthearted seemed to me a Christlike virtue that so many people...

Choosing Greatness

The heart of the Christian life is intimacy with Christ on the cross. ​ This past weekend I went on silent retreat, and throughout it all, the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI came back again and again: ​ “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for...

In the Orangery

“Jesus, I surrender myself to you - take care of everything.”⁣ ⁣// The Surrender Novena⁣⁣I come back often to this place, one of my favorites in DC. It the “orangery” of the famous Dumbarton mansion in Georgetown. When it gets cold, the flowers and citrus plants from...
Making Space

Making Space

It's a feeling. You know it, and I know it. A quickening pulse, frantic glances at the time, and...

A Lent Well Spent

A Lent Well Spent

I read these words written by Thomas Merton earlier this week, and I can't get them out of my...

Choosing Greatness

Choosing Greatness

The heart of the Christian life is intimacy with Christ on the cross. ​ This past weekend I went...

In the Orangery

In the Orangery

“Jesus, I surrender myself to you - take care of everything.”⁣ ⁣// The Surrender Novena⁣⁣I come...

The Joy List

The Joy List

Today I was walking around my neighborhood and came across a house that was fully decked out for...

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