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 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 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 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 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 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”