I write, speak, invest, network, and question to stimulate fruitful conversation. Let's talk about human flourishing! It begins with freedom. Holy leisure is the key to human being, freedom and generativity. Please join me in the adventure of realizing Christ!
You, Free should be ready for purchase by the end of June. Please pray for me/it. Thanks to all who have shared in its creation.
My little JOY Foundation helped two Catholic artists win prizes in the CFAC Juried competition! Peggy Shopen, iconographer, won the $500 St. Bede prize. Kate Marin, sculptor, won the $1500 John Paul II Grand Prize. Congratulations!!
Videos are now available of my talk for the G.K. Chesterton Conference last summer:
Last year’s Dare Something Challenge newsletter is now a book! I did have requests to keep the newsletter going this year, but not the time to give to it. I hope this book, extended from the monthly encouragement will make the whole gift of it accessible to more people.
(You should be able to click on the image to find the book at Amazon.)
In Salon Season 15, we’ll consider a Catholic approach to contemporary art:
My first full-length volume of poetry is published! Get A Destiny to Burn here, or through Amazon.
I’ve also recorded every poem, as poems should be heard in order to be fully realized.
In Salon Season 14, we’ll read the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins…my muse!
The Souls at Work Study Guide is ready to download (great for your own reflection and journaling, or for your book study group discussion) and you can ‘hear’ all my own answers to every Study Guide question!
Yes, I actually did all the work I’m asking you to do. As I said at the very beginning of Souls at Work – this book is still being written in your responses and in my own. I got a lot out of answering those questions. I just wish we could all be discussing them in person!
Finished and Free!
I just finished a 90+ page event planning guide: How to Plan a Great Catholic Event. For you, please share.
Salon Season 13: Consider The role of the artist vis social justice…reading St. Pope John Paul’s play, Our God’s Brother.
Catholic Artists Conference
I’ll speak at the Catholic Artists Conference being held in September, 2016 in Omaha. My talk will be The Poet as Troublemaker: Why the Church Needs Artists. Don’t worry, I”m not going to give the Church a hard time, just stir up the waters a bit in the hearts of artists and poets!
I’m Inked In!
For the 2016 Chesterton Conference in PA (first weekend in August). I’ll present Joy in Three Persons, with some Chestertonian bonus materials!
Salon Season Twelve was Great!
We read about St. Pope John Paul’s Rhapsodic Theatre, and held a public viewing of the movie version of his play, “The Jeweller’s Shop”.
Happy New Year! Join my Catholic Bible Study:
Catholic365 is airing my Catholic Bible Study series on the book of Ephesians. It has always been a favorite of mine, but the Catholic Catechism is giving it amazing new, ecclesial dimensions…and ya’ll know how I love ‘dimensionality’! Introduction Bless You Ways & Means God’s Plan for Your Life Christ to the Third Power You, to the First Power You, to the Second Power
ME on EWTN’s Journey Home show!
I had a blast taping an interview with Marcus Grodi. I’m so impressed by the work the Coming Home Network is doing, and his staff could not have made me feel more warmly welcomed. Here’s the link to our show: http://chnetwork.org/2015/02/charlotte-ostermann-former-nazarene-presbyterian
Come hear about my conversion experience and pray it will be a blessing to someone who’s considering the Catholic Faith.
Souls at Rest is Ready:
Angelico Press/Second Spring Books has just published Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath. There’s been no change to the text since this book received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, but the Study Guide is a free ebook now – great for book study groups and individuals. Look for Dan Burke’s endorsement in the New Year, and watch for my columns to start appearing at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, too.
“I know of no better treatment of the subject…Charlotte Ostermann has given a gift to us in revealing the wisdom of God’s call to rest.” Dan Burke, Author: Navigating the Interior Life
Merry Christmas to all!
As of the First Birthday of 50 Million Names, we have almost 5,000 names for aborted babies! NEWS FLASH: Just before Easter, we’re heading for 8,000 names!! Please help: 50MillionNames.org
Happy Thanksgiving to me!
Just got invited to speak at Benedictine College’s Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization, to tape an interview with Marcus Grodi for EWTN’s Journey Home show, and to speak for the next KS Catholic Homeschooling Conference!!!
September 7: Great article about the 50 Million Names Project in the National Catholic Register.
Season Eleven: Catholic Creatives Salon: Beauty Informed by Death. I can’t wait to see where this leads us!
Cyrus Simcoe interviewed me about Souls at Work: Relevant Radio
I was interviewed on “My Catholic Blog” about Catholics Communicate Christ: How to Serve the Catholic Church as a Writer.
I’m on the radio: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could collect 50,000,000 names to honor the aborted babies from our country? I’m hoping you’ll agree. Please go to donate names for these children at 50MillionNames.org. I’m collecting names for aborted babies: The 50 Million Names memorial website is living and active and attracting participants from all over the world! Please honor the babies – give them names! Listen to my radio interviews with Day Gardner and Fr. Jay Finelli about this project.
Published! My book Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom came out in the summer of 2014 through Angelico Press!! It’s the sequel to Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Idea of Sabbath. SAR received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval! Angelico Press is publishing the Second Edition later in 2014, and renaming it slightly just to emphasize the Eucharist. No text has changed since the Seal of Approval. Watch for Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath.
My initiative: Since I haven’t got the bucks for big philanthropy, I invented smaller-is-better philanthropy! Our tiny little Joy Foundation is trying to do a little local good by investing in Catholic cultural initiatives.
Now I’m certified: I’ve earned the Art, Beauty & Inspiration Certificate from Maryvale Institute!
I’m a songwriter! Here’s Angel Road singing my song Bring Me Low
Season Ten: The Catholic Creatives Salon just finished season TEN! We read Josef Pieper’s In Tune with the World – A Theory of Festivity. Here’s a glimpse into the inner life of the Salon: observations from our Feast of St. Joseph. I gave a talk at Benedictine College (Symposium for the New Evangelization), drawn from this very Salon season: Three Dimensional Transcendentals.
Did I mention Catholics Communicate Christ? I really want to encourage Catholics to serve the Church as writers.
In Progress: I’m trying to get my booklets 25 Ways to Help an Artist: The Art of Low Cost Philanthropy and Life in Motion: Why I Love Driver Education Time With My Teens out in new formats soon. Someday, I want to get my Fun With Diagramming and Holy Geometry! out of home school ‘beta’ testing and into print, too.