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 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 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 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 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 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”