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This week’s edit, many in preparation for Mother’s Day…

p.s. check out my gift guide (#10 on this list) that I created for any lovely lady you know. p.p.s. The Holy Spirit Novena starts this Friday! Here’s why we need the Holy Spirit in our marriages. 

1.  My most recent interview with Betsey Sawyer from Women of Grace(Love that show!). I answered questions like: When was Pray More Novenas founded and how did it develop? What impact did working together and praying novenas have on your marriage? (that’s a good question!) and What is your favorite novena? (I have a few and I bet you wouldn’t guess one of ’em!). You can read it here.

2. Mother’s Day and how Mary Stands at the Foot of our CrossMary responds to our heartaches. Like our closest friends, she sits across from us and says, “Me too. I get it. I’ve felt it.” She’s not just sympathetic with our hurting. She is empathetic. She is willing to look at our crosses and to stand with us while we hold it today, just as she did for Jesus… She is at the foot of our cross. She is here to offer us her love, her comfort and her prayers. I hope that this reminder can help lessen the weight on your shoulders today. You are not alone.

3. Please join me in praying for all the women who are struggling and suffering this upcoming Mother’s Day, because Mother’s Day isn’t a celebration for everyone.

4. Here are some pretty heartfelt posts to share with you about Mother’s Day here — whether you’re the mom or your mom is the mom! 😉 Included is a pic of my mom & me from my college graduation. “Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism.” – Pope Francis

5. “We make a mistake if we think that because Mary is the Mother of God that this somehow meant that she escaped the more painful experiences of life. In fact, it is better to think that because of the depth of her relationship with Christ, the sad facts of life were enhanced for her rather than dulled. She experienced life knowing the full cost of humanity’s refusal to love, and saw for herself the terrible cost in the manner that her beloved Son suffered and died.

“All the while in the midst of the pain filled way of the cross she trusted that God was present, even if such a presence could not be felt or offered little in the way of relief or consolation.” (Fr. Steve Grunow, Word On Fire Catholic Ministries)

I love this.

This is something we can all relate to — either in something we’ve experienced in the past or have yet to come across, I believe each of us will experience something very similar to this in our lifetime.

And, “Like the Mother of God, the events and circumstances of life will offer us not only love, but sorrow. In these moments the witness of the Mother of Sorrows will demonstrate to us that genuine faith is not a merely a comfort, a crutch or a diversion. Faith in Christ does not bring with it exemption from the reality of our existence but grants us access to the divine life in all things- even suffering and even death and it is through precisely these experiences that we learn the extremity of true love.” (read the rest here)

6. Catholic Patron Saints of Fertiliy, Infertility, Miscarriage, and Trying to Conceive

7. “If you don’t have children, for goodness sake don’t believe that you have to give up motherhood. Motherhood is not only biological maternity. It is spiritual maternity. There are hundreds of people all around who are desperately looking for a mother. A number of people have come to me to tell me about their problems. I listen to them. And I love them. And I say very little. But they know that I care for them. In this sense, I have become their mother.” – Spiritual Motherhood, Every Woman’s Calling, Alice von Hildebrand 

8. Sunday was Bereaved Mother’s Day. Father in Heaven, please comfort all mothers who have loved and lost their children. Strengthen the hope that we all will see our lost loved ones again in heaven. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we pray… Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

9.  “Why do we have to make every holiday so complicated?” they ask. “Why can’t we just celebrate without worrying that we’re offending anyone?” Because we are called to love our neighbor. And our neighbor is not only the proud mom who loves Mother’s Day because she finally hears a word of blessing and support for her calling. Our neighbor is also the woman who prayed for children every night and never got pregnant.” – Laura Kelly Fanucci 

10. My gift guide for pretty much any woman you love (yes, I shared this with my husband!)

11.  “The role of a Catholic woman might be summed up in a word: MARY.

Motherhood (physical and spiritual)
Adoration (first duty to God)
Resourceful (wise, creative)
Yes to God (serving the divine will)

Some women will transmit life physically but all women of faith can be life bearers: Christ-bearers.” – Kathleen Beckman

12. “For all whose children died in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. For all who mourn their young adult or adult children. For all whose children died by violent or sudden deaths, by suicide or overdose. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.” – Mothering Spirit