My name is Amy Secrist. I am presently celebrating 14 years of marriage and have been blessed with four lovely children, ages 11, 6, 5, & 3. My family and I make our home in a little cape cod on a small city street in Mid-Ohio where the seasons change at just the right time. Hills and valleys surround us. Our house sits just off the avenue that leads south from the city Theatre all the way past the county Bird Sanctuary to the village Reservoir.

I’ve been Catholic all my life, with a bunch of seeking and searching thrown in for extra confidence in my choice. But God, of course, did the work of yanking me back when I was falling away — my future husband, younger sister, and daughter of a family friend all asked me to sponsor them through their sacrament of Confirmation the same year. Certainly, I said yes, whether I liked it or not.

I was always sure Motherhood would be in my future; I just didn’t know what that meant. For a moment I was completely confused and asked a priest friend if someone could have two callings (I was reading St. Teresa of Avila at the time and became intrigued by the contemplative life). He said it was possible, but unlikely. I’m still trying to figure it all out, and writing helps me do that. So I thought I’d start a blog about my life as a Catholic woman, wife, and mother. I’ve been contemplating quotes from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for some time, and her teachings reach deeper into my heart with each passing year. She is a vast source of inspiration in my life. This site is a dedication to her work of sharing the love of Christ simply – by loving (and allowing myself to be loved). I strive to serve God joyfully, and with a humble heart. I hope to pray in all things, to say “yes” to all things, and to give thanks for all things.

I pray that my little entries help to lift someone else’s spirits and share God’s love with them, for surely, writing for myself is vanity.  When I am not wiping noses, changing diapers, kissing, hugging, snuggling, cuddling, buying food, preparing food, serving food, and cleaning up food, I like to practice sun salutations and exercise a bit, read, write, walk, play, drink wine, and eat chocolate (unless it’s Lent). Every once in a while I’ll clean up a bit and head out of the house to lead a group of friends through the subtle and profound joys of yoga.

Other things I practice:  patience, kindness, mindfulness, gratitude, non-judgement, non-attachment, compassion, tenderness, forgiveness, selflessness.

This site is also dedicated to Jim Buckley, who is already in heaven and wondering, no doubt, why in the world I didn’t start a blog years ago.

Thank you, mom and dad, for taking me to the library, for buying me books, and for letting me turn my babydoll wash stand into my very own library where I could stamp random dates in all my books.  Thanks for smiling when I decided to take yoga classes.  Most of all, thanks for loving me.

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  1. I just recently discovered your blog. I am simultaneously discovering Catholicism and yoga at the same time and was interested in the intersectionality of the two. I am loving the writings of Teresa of Avila and was wondering if you could offer some book suggestions to learn more about her life and practices.

  2. Amy, thank you so much for having both the courage and time to run this blog.

    We are in so many ways kindred spirits and as I contemplate what it is God is calling me to do, I’ve started by a name change on my instagram account from my own name to.. the_catholic_yogi 🙂 in hopes of spreading both the practice of yoga and the love of Christ for which I’m both blessed and privileged to know. So you can see what drew me to your site. Upon googling ‘the catholic yogi’ I am overwhelmingly happy to discover your blog and would simply love to share in this online community. I recently finished Thomas Merton’s ‘The Seven Story Mountain’ which echoed my thoughts on many levels and my heart leapt when I saw he was the first quoted on your home page. Like you, I have been Catholic all my life and it wasn’t until a recent trip to India, which called into action a faith which I’ve claimed for so long, that I realized it is a responsibility that we who come face to face with Christ have: to share and testify His love to the world. As a fellow Midwesterner (Indiana born and raised), I hope to one day meet you and perhaps share in the divine practice of union with Christ at the center. I have been traveling the world for the past two years and can certainly see a meaningful trip to Mid-Ohio sometime in the future.

    Thank you again for spreading hope, inspiration, and love. We are all called to do our part and you are doing yours so well! Many thanks and blessings on your journey.

    Love and Light,
    Tekla

    • Dear Tekla, Thank you so much for your comments and kind words. It is indeed a joy to find a kindred spirit along our journey. God blesses us in so many unique and varied ways if we only have eyes to see. May you be blessed for your kindness and in your work. Hopefully our paths will cross again!

  3. I love how you give so much meaning to the sacrament of marriage and motherhood. How one calling is not greater than another. But rather, we are blessed to be called. Namaste and God bless you.

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