Third Glorious Mystery

The Descent of the Holy Spirit Fruit of the Mystery: Wisdom See Everything with the Eyes of God by Monica Ortega I sat upright, awkwardly stiff, doe-eyed, hopeful, terrified, and shame-ridden as I waited to hear the results. I had just taken a written assessment as a part of my intake interview.  Lovingly, Dr. Lock began,Continue reading “Third Glorious Mystery”

Second Glorious Mystery

The Ascension of Jesus Fruit of the Mystery: Hope & Desire for Heaven In Heaven One Finds Peace and Eternal Happiness by Michelle Nott I took a deep breath in and sighed. I’d been dreading this moment for a while now. My husband received orders to complete military training in a different state for sevenContinue reading “Second Glorious Mystery”

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 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 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 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 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”