Well, we’re home. There was lots of snow when we first arrived, though everyone kept talking about Spring being “on its way”. In typical Maritime style, despite the large snowbanks and wretched roads – full of holes and uneven patches due to frost – we saw a group of men out in the streets playing football in shorts: Welcome to the Maritimes! The coolest thing I’ve seen so far is all the ice on the rivers – I forgot how cool ice is! (It’s been five years since we’ve experienced a Canadian winter). And would you believe it: a storm is coming!
We’re still getting used to everything back here in Canada, but we’re thankful to be home and to be settling into Great Lent. An abbess whose monastery I often visited (so strange to use the past tense) in Thessaloniki told us, “We should be excited to enter Great Lent.” It is truly a blessed time of year!
Now, for the good news: The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women’s Monastery is going into its second printing! Yuppee! That’s right folks, through your love and support the first edition sold so many copies that Conciliar is already re-printing, only six months after the book’s release date. Glory to God!
And in related news, Sylvia of Adventures of an Orthodox Mom just posted a very flattering review of the book. Truth be told sometimes a thought whispers to me that people really like my book. But then I remember it’s not really mine at all. It belongs to the sisters, and to Orthodox monasticism more generally. It belongs to our Tradition and to the Church of Christ, since without those things monasticism, the stories in The Scent of Holiness, are nothing, they’re dust. But with Christ at the center they are able to testify to His Truth, His Life and His Way.
So three cheers for the sisters and the love and lessons they shared with me so that The Scent of Holiness could be written and read by people all over the world! (A Romanian translation is already underway).
And Good Strength for the Fast!