The Fifth Luminous Mystery

The Institution of the Eucharist Fruit of the Mystery: Eucharistic Adoration He is Never Outdone in Generosity by Amanda Mary Growing up, I had many cousins, and I was always particularly close to my baby cousins. I have always loved babies. Everything about them — their smell, their innocent gaze, their trust, and their unconditionalContinue reading “The Fifth Luminous Mystery”

The Fourth Luminous Mystery

The Transfiguration Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness A.M.D.G I have always loved St. Peter’s response to the happenings of the Transfiguration. His desire to stay on the mountain and dwell with Moses, Elijah, and God Himself is all too relatable for me. Surrounded by such glory and fellowship, who would want to leave?Continue reading “The Fourth Luminous 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 First Luminous Mystery

The Baptism of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit Baptism Changes Everything “If we get married, we’ll have children, and you’ll want to baptize those children in the Catholic Church. I won’t let you and you’ll hate me, and everything we have now will be for nothing.” I knew in myContinue reading “The First 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 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 First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden Fruit of the Mystery: Accepting God’s Will “You Are Such a Strong Woman“ I still remember our long flight to Austria and walking off the airplane in Vienna. We had spent the summer of a lifetime with friends who had slowly become family over the course of the five yearsContinue reading “The First 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”