My kitchen is, quite possibly, my favorite room in my house. This has nothing to do with a love of cooking, mind you, but has much to do with the presence of a table with character, coffee, and a view of great sunsets.
It’s natural, then, for me to want to include Mary in my kitchen. I start most days with a rosary, devotions, and coffee, sitting in my kitchen. We eat our meals in the kitchen; I fold laundry there; often, I write accompanied by the tock of the kitchen clock.
The kitchen is the heart of my home, and I’ll bet it’s an important part of yours too. Here are a few of my tips for bringing Mary into your kitchen:
- Put a statue by your sink. I’m fond of the Kitchen Madonna, myself, but what you’ll find looking over my sink is an olive wood bust a dear friend gave me. Seeing Mary here reminds me of my important role in the kitchen…and in God’s kingdom.
- Place a rosary by your coffeepot. And yes, I suggest this so that you’ll use it in your kitchen! Bless your efforts – however humble – and bless the space where you spend so much of your time.
- Make the Hail Mary part of your kitchen routine. Find yourself folding laundry at the table or rinsing dishes after dinner? Offer a Hail Mary – that’s 14 seconds of your time – for your work, your family, your….
How do you make Mary a part of your kitchen experience? I’d love to hear your responses! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you’ll see your suggestion in next month’s newsletter!
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