The Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor She Wants to Help Us, Too It was my 24th birthday, the second day home with my second baby, when my husband had to return to work and my mother-in law back home. As we said our goodbyes, I felt a sense of panic. I wasContinue reading “The Second Joyful Mystery”

The First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation Fruit of the Mystery: Humility Joseph & Mary Were a Team We were juniors in college, newly engaged, and discerning conversion to Catholicism from our evangelical Protestant backgrounds. It didn’t take long for us to stumble upon one of the most important questions every convert has to wrestle with: to accept or notContinue reading “The First Joyful Mystery”

The Fifth Glorious Mystery

The Coronation of Mary Fruit of the Mystery: Eternal Happiness Job Filled: Queen of the Universe My twelve-year-old daughter was being especially bossy during lunch. My son, fifteen months her junior, rolled his eyes. “The job of Queen of the Universe is already taken.” Ouch. Catholic burn. But thank God that job already is taken.Continue reading “The Fifth Glorious Mystery”

The Fourth Glorious Mystery

Photo by Kelsey Green The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fruit of the Mystery: Devotion to Mary Little Mamas The best part of my day comes late at night, when everyone’s asleep. Our loud, bright house turns still, soft and quiet. The giggles of the day are replaced by the peeping of tree frogs.Continue reading “The Fourth Glorious Mystery”

The Third Glorious Mystery

Photo by Kelsey Green The Descent of the Holy Spirit Fruit of the Mystery: Wisdom & Love of God With the Conception of Every Child a Mother is Born “I’m going to take a pregnancy test!”, I shouted across the apartment to my husband as I walked anxiously into our bathroom. The time had comeContinue reading “The Third Glorious Mystery”

The Second Glorious Mystery

The Ascension of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Hope & Desire for Heaven Not for a Party, Not for Appearances, but for Faith “How are you?” my mom asked as we raced into the church. We were on time, but not by much. I knew I looked exhausted, but what could I do? Today wasContinue reading “The Second Glorious Mystery”

The First Glorious Mystery

The Resurrection of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Faith God’s Gift to Me: Faith in My Ability to Be a Mother Even before my third child was one year old, I was cleaning out her clothes. The donation pile grew, despite any reservations or nostalgia I had for the little rompers and newborn pajamas thatContinue reading “The First Glorious Mystery”