First Glorious Mystery

The Resurrection of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Faith What Kind of Catholic Am I, Anyway? by Sarah Bradley My six year-old son is a champion evangelizer—he wears his Catholic faith boldly and proudly on his sleeve. (Case in point: the conversation about angels he roped his pediatrician into when the doctor innocently asked himContinue reading “First Glorious Mystery”

The Third Luminous Mystery

Proclamation of the Kingdom Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God Fidelity Often, my prayer resembles the words spoken by the boy’s father in Mark’s Gospel, who has come to beg the Lord to heal his son: “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us” (Mark 9:22), and then, “IContinue reading “The Third Luminous Mystery”

The Second Luminous Mystery

The Wedding at Cana Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus Through Mary Do Whatever He Tells You “Do whatever He tells you.” Those words, spoken by Our Lady at the wedding feast of Cana, sum up the rosary in a nutshell. They call to mind Mary’s role as the mediator between Christ and His flock.Continue reading “The Second Luminous Mystery”

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance Seen. Heard. Counted. Cared For. I will never forget one hot summer day in 2018. I was driving home after a job interview, tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. I had a newborn at home who was barely a few weeks old and a one-year-old who could barely walk. IContinue reading “The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery”

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

The Carrying of the Cross Fruit of the Mystery: Patience Releasing Your Child to Jesus A Crippling Fear The more I witness the state of the world today, the more anxious I become at the thought of releasing my children into it. The violence, the betrayal, the heartache — the sin. It puts a deepContinue reading “The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery”

The Third Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus is Crowned With Thorns Fruit of the Mystery: Moral Courage He Will Not Steer Us Wrong My family has always been proud to be a hardworking family. We earned everything we have and never expected anyone to give us anything for free. While I grew up, I did not dare express what I desiredContinue reading “The Third Sorrowful Mystery”

The Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at The Pillar Fruit of the Mystery: Purity of Heart Lets Give Him Our Hearts “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). When mediating on the sorrowful mysteries, I try to imagine myself as Mary, having to watch her child endure so much pain and suffering whileContinue reading “The Second Sorrowful Mystery”

The Fourth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation of the Lord Fruit of the Mystery: Faithfulness to God When Mass is a Struggle Although my heart longs to celebrate Holy Mass once again and receive Jesus in the Eucharist, I will admit, there is a part of me that is relieved not to have to take the kids to church everyContinue reading “The Fourth Joyful Mystery”

The Third Joyful Mystery

The Resurrection of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty of Spirit God in the Muck My belly tightens as the next wave of pain washes over me. I reach for my husband, for a steady grip of love to keep me grounded. He’s not where I expect, and in his absence, I’m gripped by theContinue reading “The Third Joyful Mystery”

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”