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”

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 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”