A Mother’s Prayer

  ~ Lord Jesus Christ, give me the graces you bestowed upon your own Mother – that I may imitate her sweetness with my own children, and hold them as preciously as she holds You. Help me to be sensitive to their needs, to serve them with joyful humility, and to lead them to the […]

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE. ____________________________________________________ Because December 8th was a Sunday, the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed today. What is the Immaculate Conception?

Mary’s “Yes” to Pain

Mary is a mystery. After eager anticipation and hearing reviews abuzz with enthusiasm, I saw Mary of Nazareth last night. While I admittedly had some reservations about the film from a production standpoint (looking at editing, script, looping, and acting only; separating these from the story itself) at a certain point I dropped the Siskel-and-Ebert […]

Kids or no kids – we’re all spiritual mothers

I was 22 when people started wishing me a happy Mother’s Day, which was crazy to me. Just a month shy of my wedding and two years away from having our firstborn, I laughed over the whole thing with my friends who received similar salutations from total strangers. We figured they were erring to presume […]

Be the Handmaid

  The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort […]