Clarence Joseph Enzler (1910–1976) is best known for his classic Lenten devotional booklet Everyone’s Way of the Cross, first published in 1970. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture from 1937–1972, except from 1943–1945 when he served as the feature editor with the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service (now known as the Catholic News Service). A prolific author, he had articles published in many national magazines, including The Ave Maria, and wrote three books. He held a doctorate from Catholic University of America and was a deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington. Enzler and his wife Kathleen Crowley Enzler were the parents of thirteen children.
Annika Nelson is an award-winning visual artist whose work crosses cultural borders, stimulates dialogue between generations, and portrays images of everyday life and the environment through her colorful prints and illustrations. She has illustrated several books and her work has appeared in such publications as Cricket and the San Diego Union Tribune and has been used by such companies as Patagonia and Elite Racing. Nelson received her degree in studio art from the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied printmaking for a year at the Hochschule fur Angewandete Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Currently, she splits her time between her studio and University of California San Diego Extension, where she coordinates the art and photography program. Visit her online at annikamnelson.com.
Gertrud Mueller Nelson is an author, illustrator, teacher, and speaker. She is especially known for her clip art and her award-winning, bestselling book on ceremony and ritual, To Dance with God. Nelson has designed church furnishings, stained glass, and silver jewelry. She has taught Montessori and has studied art at the Kölnerwerkschulen in Germany and psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. She is internationally noted as a speaker on ritual, liturgy, family, psychology, and sacred art. Nelson has three children and three grandchildren.
Throughout the centuries, Christians have asked, “Why is there suffering?” or, on a more personal level, “Why am I suffering?” Answers abound, but none are likely to suffice or satisfy. A far more helpful question might be, “How should I respond to suffering?” And the answer to that question, believes Gary Jansen, can be found by looking closely at the Passion of Jesus.
“As Jansen walks with us from station to station, he points us from pain toward love and hope, toward strength and endurance, toward transformation.” —Jessica Mesman Griffith, from the introduction
There’s nothing quite like a front porch—a place that represents the warmth of home, a simpler pace of life, and a space to welcome others. With the sway of a rocking chair, you can take a deep breath, unwind from the day, and spend a few quiet moments with God.
Devotions from the Front Porch invites you to retreat from the busyness of everyday life. These ninety devotions centered on the front porch and home will soothe your soul, refresh your spirit, and remind you that He is with you throughout each day.
Fix yourself some tea and put up your feet as you spend a few peaceful moments in God’s presence.