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Emily Kathryn  Calligraphy & stationery design by @emily__dodson ☘️ Simple is beautiful | Chicago via ATL & ATX

What can we do? How can we use our voices to make change?
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Of course we can (and must!) fast and pray. But we can also reach out to those in authority, asking them with the zeal of St Catherine of Siena, to use their authority to cleanse our Church.
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In the blog post in my profile, you can scroll to the end for 3 ways I’m using my voice. And if you choose to write to your bishop but aren’t sure what to say, I recommend @fearlessali’s recent post for a good place to start!

Last night in Mass, I got that feeling that I was exactly where God needed me in the exact moment He wanted me there. I also got the sense that I was there for so many more people than just myself. I felt the weight of hearing a message that so many needed to hear. So I frantically jotted down as much of that homily as I could, and I pray that these words reach the ears of whomever needs to hear them. If you think that might be you, click the link in my profile to read more.
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I am broken-hearted at where our Church is today. I am devastated for our brothers and sisters whom we have failed to protect and hear and lift, and I’m distraught that a church with such beauty and holiness in its Sacraments is also so stained by such deplorable evil. And at the same time I’m grateful and relieved that we’re waking up, and asking questions and speaking out and demanding change. It’s the church of today—the saints emerging from these dark valleys—that will determine the church of tomorrow.
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If you are confused at what’s happening or if you have been hurt and need an ear to listen, please message me. I’m open and ready and willing to listen and talk and work through this together. While we are each grieving and wrestling and pressing onward in our own way, I believe that we’ll be strongest if we press onward together.
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#ekdtruths

TL;DR - join me in praying the novena for a Church in crisis - read the link in my bio.
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“We the laity have work to do. We must demand accountability and transparency. We must work for reform. We must speak out against the evils wrought in our name. But above all, we must pray. We must fast and pray for the healing of the victims, the protection of the innocent, the conversion of abusers, the restoration of the Church.” - @mhunterkilmer
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As a Catholic creative/small business, I’m tagging my fellow Catholic entrepreneurs here. I’m inviting you to join me in praying this 10-day novena for our Church (link in profile) and join me in speaking out on behalf of all those who have been made quiet. Let’s band together to find our voices and make change; let’s hold each other accountable to the vow to never be silent.
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#catholic #catholiccreatives #fastandpray #novena

Here’s another mom-ism that I grew up with! It’s one that still comes to mind occasionally and one I certainly want to instill into my own kids (God willing) someday.
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And one of my mom’s favorite stories of me to go along with this: in the first grade, when it came time to assign an award for everyone in the class (because, you know, #millienials), my teacher let all the children nominate and vote on each other’s superlatives. Well, I went home that day with a certificate that said “cutest” and my parents still crack up about how angry I was! The blasphemy of receiving an award at school for my physical traits!
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Well, if my parents wanted to teach me to focus most on how I behaved and how hard I worked, they got it in a feisty way at age 7!
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Any guesses at where this quote came from? #NameThatBook
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#ekdtruths

It’s quickly turning to fall wedding season!! I love seeing all the happy mail going out, especially for people so dear to my heart.
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Marriage is the BEST, most joyful and challenging endeavor. It makes me so happy to share in others’ preparations—for their big day and for the new life ahead.
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Even after dating Austin for 6 years, when we got married, it felt like everything had changed. We learned so much about each other and so much more about ourselves in this first year of marriage, and I know we’ll never stop learning and growing as a team for the rest of our lives.
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When I design a wedding suite, I get to join this couple (in a small way) as they walk toward this transformation. Taking the essence of that unique couple and their love story, and translating it into paper for their loved ones to hold is an intimate and beautiful thing!
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#ekdweddings

One of those little phrases that I call to mind every once in a while, to remember that the darkness, the struggle, the long wait will one day be behind me.
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And because I believe that God can make all things work for good, I know that I’ll look back on the tough seasons and see how my patience, grit and trust brought me to this new place.
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Whatever your current battle, press on with patience, grit and trust. And if you don’t have those, ask God for ‘em. This too shall pass.
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#ekdtruths

Adding watercolors to my custom stationery is giving me so much life!!! I love how these custom venues and churches and florals and greenery have brought out a new side to my style and craft and creativity.
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I loved painting this church for Nicole & Walker, and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes in January!!! .
#ekdwatercolor #ekdweddings #idealprojectchallenge

Can’t believe it’s already been a month since our anniversary road trip of the Upper Peninsula! Already aching for our next outdoor adventure. Where is your favorite place in nature? Where should we go next?
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With all my travel lately, I’ve spent a good bit of time marveling at nature. From cotton ball clouds floating above a sparkling skyline to sand dunes or trees dotting the water’s edge, nature is so vast and varied that it can totally stop you in your tracks if you let it. And what a beautiful promise is this, that heaven is so full of God’s glory that we literally can’t imagine or comprehend.
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Just as nature is God’s handiwork, so are you. What if we looked at our own selves and one another with the awe and wonder that we experience when we see canyons and waterfalls and coral reefs?!
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#ekdtruths

Today’s office ✌🏼

Living in this truth lately as I cover so many others in prayer. Tragedies seem to hit in waves and are inevitable in this lifetime, but earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal ✨ #ekdtruths

My most recent projects have been my favorite yet. I can’t wait to share all the goodness—from gold and white calligraphy to watercolor churches and florals and landscapes to designing and printing envelopes....!!!
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This creative journey is forever a work-in-progress and sometimes that feels frustrating but today I’m feeling grateful for patience and practice. Here’s to all the projects that came before this and all the projects that will come next!

What is it you want to change? Your hair, your face, your body? Why? For God is in love with all those things & He might weep when they are gone.
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Forever finding the balance of becoming the best version of myself without wanting to change that ‘self’ — remembering whose i am and discovering who I was created to be.
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Thanks for sharing this quote, @mihimage. #ekdtruths

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