A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

Author: Sarah A. Reinhard

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594713510

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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In A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism popular Catholic blogger and speaker Sarah A. Reinhard presents the first book to accompany expectant mothers from conception to baptism. This book includes weekly reflections and prayers rooted in the mysteries of the Rosary and related to the baby’s physical development. Designed to help expectant mothers embrace pregnancy as an opportunity for spiritual growth, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy prepares mothers for the trials and joys of pregnancy, childbirth, baptism, and, ultimately, motherhood. Each week of pregnancy is paired with a mystery of the Rosary, a personal, down-to-earth reflection from Reinhard, advice for living the sacramental life, and a prayer to help the reader grow in faith as she bonds with her unborn child.

Bless My Child

A Catholic Mother's Prayer Book

Author: Julie Cragon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594710148

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 156

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Praying is one of the most vital things we can do for our kids. Just as children need our love at every age, so too they always need our prayers. Cragon provides prayers for every stage of their growth.

Your Labor of Love

A Spiritual Companion for Expectant Mothers

Author: Agnes M. Penny

Publisher: TAN Books

ISBN: 1618901494

Category: Religion

Page: 137

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In this book, the author shares the very Catholic spiritual solutions she found to the problems and struggles of pregnancy. In 36 short chapters, she covers many topics, including Love's Great Adventure, Tiredness, Mood Swings, Praying for Your Baby, Seeking Physical Comfort, Fearfulness, Bearing Saints, A Long Wait, Marital Difficulties, Post Partum, and many others. A great support for young mothers, it is perfect for women who want to accept the challenges and joys of motherhood according to God's will. Highly practical, truly Catholic and very uplifting.

Prayerfully Expecting

A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers-to-Be

Author: Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780824524593

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 171

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Your feet are swollen, your hormones are a mess, and you still crave too much ice cream. For every mother-to-be, the nine months of pregnancy can be demanding. Competing with the joy of anticipation is the frustration of bodily pain and limitation. In this intimate book, Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle invites pregnant women everywhere to see their pregnancy not as a burden but as a living prayer to God. Connecting the nine months of pregnancy with the nine-part novena prayer tradition known to Catholics everywhere, Donna Marie shows how each month of pregnancy connects the mother to the great Catholic saints and teachers. Alongside the devotional and the catechetical helps are pointed references to the development of the child in the womb as the months of pregnancy progress.

Made for This

The Catholic Mom's Guide to Birth

Author: Mary Haseltine

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

ISBN: 1681921758

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Millions of women have felt the power of birth, and countless women long for it. But for too many, birth can seem like a purely clinical experience — something to get through as quickly as possible in order to get on with the joys of being a mother. In Made for This, author Mary Haseltine draws on Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to show that birth is an essential part of who God created women to be, body and soul. With real-life stories from many moms and practical tips — including preparing for birth, making informed choices, helping fathers embrace their role in the birth room, and encountering the work of labor — this book is an indispensable guide for navigating the physical and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy and birth. Expectant mothers will find the tools they need to approach birth as a gift, and to invite God into the experience. About the Author Mary Haseltine is a theology graduate and a certified birth doula and childbirth educator. With a passion for building a culture of life through the teachings of the Theology of the Body, she works to bring an awareness and practice of the teachings of the Church into the realm of childbirth, mothering, and pregnancy loss. She lives in Western New York with her husband and five sons. You can find more of her writing at www.betterthaneden.com.

Prayers for Expectant Parents

Author: Liturgy Training Publications,Mary Caswell Walsh

Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications

ISBN: 9781568544625

Category:

Page: 58

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These pocket-size prayer books have distinctive designs that reflect the dignity of prayer. Each can be used as you pray daily, for and with those in pain, those in need of comfort, or those in need of inspiration. Special quantity pricing allows you to keep a supply on hand for group use or gift giving.

The Catholic Mother's Pregnancy Journal

Author: C. Michele Haytko

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542853521

Category:

Page: 200

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Document your pregnancy journey in this one-of-a-kind pregnancy journal geared towards Catholic mothers. Learn about saints sacred to motherhood, record milestones and thoughts, and prepare yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically for the new person in your life. With sections discussing each trimester, including information on Postpartum Depression, this book is the only pregnancy journal you will need.

God's Bucket List

Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond

Author: Teresa Tomeo

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385346913

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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From the popular EWTN TV and radio personality comes a to-do list that's just divine. Scripture tells us only God knows the desires of our hearts. It was, after all, God who placed them there because they are designed to lead us to His will for our lives. Why, then, is it so challenging at times to figure out if we are on the right track when it comes to what we believe we want or need? God's Bucket List will examine what God wants for each of us: mercy, fruitfulness, fellowship, and peace, just to name a few, and will explain what the Christian faith teaches about these gifts and how we can begin to achieve and cross out, one by one, the items on that heavenly list.

The Catholic Baby Name Book

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594713820

Category: Religion

Page: 544

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With more than ten thousand names of saints and biblical figures, this first-ever guide to Catholic baby names helps expectant parents find a beautiful and creative name for their child. Each entry includes the meaning of the name, language of origin, variations in form, a capsule biography, and relevant feast days and patron saint information. While it has become increasingly popular to name a baby after a town or a food, readers of The Catholic Baby Name Book will discover a bounty of names that are fun, creative, and Catholic. This new book in the CatholicMom.com Book series boasts thousands of names of saints from Christian tradition and the scriptures, including those newly canonized by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Among the fun facts to be discovered: there are ten ways to spell Regina, the perennially popular name Jayden means “thankful” and “God has heard,” and Sophia—the most popular girl’s name in 2012—was a saint who had three daughters named Faith, Hope, and Charity (who were also saints!).

Imitating Mary

Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom

Author: Marge Fenelon

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594713650

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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In an age of much mothering advice but few admirable role models, award-winning Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon delves into ten instances—and corresponding virtues—of Mary’s life that reveal her as the ultimate example and companion for the modern mom. In this first and only book to offer Mary’s life as a template for living as a faithful Catholic mother today, the Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. A new addition to the CatholicMom.com Book series, Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom unpacks Scripture and Catholic tradition to examine ten biblical climaxes, including Mary’s betrothal to Joseph, the Annunciation, the scene at the foot of the Cross, and Pentecost. In these scenes, Marge Fenelon introduces readers to a Mary who faced challenges familiar to every mother—impatience, frustration, sacrifice, and grief—and demonstrates how, in the face of these ordinary obstacles, Mary’s response was an extraordinary example through the virtues of patience, joy, trust, and faith.

Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

God's Plan for You and Your Baby

Author: Sheila Kippley

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press

ISBN: 1933184043

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 107

View: 3959

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Good for you and your baby . . . now and forever! Sheila Kippley shows that not only is breastfeeding the best care you can give your baby, it's also good for you as a Catholic woman. Learn how nursing will deepen your love and develop your habits of meditation and prayer.

Then Comes Baby

The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

Author: Gregory K. Popcak,Lisa Popcak

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594714126

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Greg and Lisa Popcak—popular Catholic authors, radio hosts, and marriage and family experts—present this unique guide to caring for one’s baby, self, marriage, and spiritual life in the first three years of parenthood. In Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood, Greg and Lisa Popcak lend readers the benefit of their twenty-five years’ experience in parenting and marriage and family counseling to help them navigate the earliest years of parenthood. They recommend rituals, routines, and tips on how to manage feeding, fatigue, and finances and how also to prioritize marital bonding and faith life, suggesting that setting the pattern early will pay dividends later. The Popcaks coach Catholic couples as they become first-time parents as they adjust to their new identities and help them face the inevitable challenges of parenthood with ideas for bonding with babies and getting sufficient sleep and nutrition—all while seeing these everyday experiences through the lens of Catholic teaching on the purpose of family life.

Walking with Mary

A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

Author: Edward Sri

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385348045

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being--a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties and endured her share of suffering. Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn. In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother's faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her. “This book is the fruit of my personal journey of studying Mary through the Scriptures, from her initial calling in Nazareth to her painful experience at the cross,” writes Edward Sri “It is intended to be a highly readable, accessible work that draws on wisdom from the Catholic tradition, recent popes, and biblical scholars of a variety of perspectives and traditions. With the riches of these insights, we will ponder what her journey of faith may have been like in order to draw out spiritual lessons for our own walk with God.” He add, “It is my hope, therefore, that whether you are of a Catholic, Protestant, or other faith background, this book may help you to know, understand, and love Mary more, and that it may inspire you to walk in her footsteps as a faithful disciple of the Lord in your own pilgrimage of faith.”

Man to Man, Dad to Dad

Catholic Faith and Fatherhood

Author: Brian Caulfield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780819849182

Category: Religion

Page: 119

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This collection of faith-filled reflections by fourteen Catholic men explores various topics related to being a Catholic man and father in todays age. Integrating faith with marriage, parenting, and work, this resource offers a comprehensive understanding of a Catholic fathers identity and purpose through personal anecdotes, models of fatherhood in Jesus parables, Scriptural passages, and references to Church authority.

Atchison Blue

A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith

Author: Judith Valente

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1933495596

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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In this meditative spiritual memoir, Judith Valente, celebrated PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, invites readers along on her transformative pilgrimages to Mount St. Scholastica monastery in Atchison, Kansas. The Benedictine sisters who invited Valente presented her with a view of monastic life and wisdom that brought spiritual healing to her fast-paced life--and promises to do the same for her readers. The first time Judith Valente arrived at Mount St. Scholastica monastery, she came prepared to teach a course on poetry and the soul. Instead, she found herself the student, taking lessons from the Benedictine sisters in the healing nature of silence, how to cultivate habits of mindful living, and the freeing reality that conversion is a lifelong process. With the heart of a poet and the eye of a journalist, she tells how her many visits and interviews with the Benedictine sisters forced her to confront aspects of her own life that needed healing--a journey that will invite readers to healing of their own. A beautiful and heartfelt work that crosses The Cloister Walk with Tuesdays with Morrie, Atchison Blue will resonate with readers of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Mary Gordon, and Anne Lamott.

Good Enough Is Good Enough

Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom

Author: Colleen Duggan

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 159471732X

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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The truth about parenting is that you don't have to get everything right and your family doesn't need to be perfect. Colleen Duggan learned those lessons through years of struggling with unrealistic expectations. In this frank and intimate story, Duggan explores the emotional and spiritual healing that needed to take place in her life in order to be the parent, spouse, and follower of Christ God created her to be. Sharing both funny parenting moments and difficult times of self-scrutiny, Duggan invites us to join her in experiencing God's healing mercy and shows how to allow that healing to rejuvenate our lives and revitalize our families. As a child, Duggan smoothed over the jagged edges of her difficult home life with good grades and perfect behavior. By the time Duggan was an adult, her drive to constantly be in control was her way of life. It was only when she began raising her family that she realized how damaging this compulsion was for both her and the people around her. That's when she began her faltering journey toward letting God be in control. In Good Enough Is Good Enough, Duggan shares her heartaches—learning her child has a genetic disorder that might lead to cancer; realizing that her drive to do and be everything for everyone strained her marriage; and struggling with feelings of worthlessness after leaving her job to become "just" a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She also shares parenting difficulties we've all faced—trying to keep her kids quiet during Mass; wondering whether she's giving them enough opportunities for growth; and balancing time spent on herself, her kids, and others. With each story, we feel the brokenness she tried to cover by being a "perfect" parent and the eventual realization that she needed to find healing. Through the saints, the Sacraments, and Catholic traditions and literature, Duggan found the Church a place where God's love and healing grace embraced her. She invites us to the same conclusion: whether we are dealing with everyday frustrations or life-changing tragedies, it is in the heart of the Catholic Church that we are finally free to let go of our facades in order to embrace our brokenness and find healing.

The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion

A Book of Daily Reflections

Author: Lisa M. Hendey,Sarah A. Reinhard

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594716625

Category: Religion

Page: 544

View: 3775

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Winner of the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award: Collections of Prayers (First Place). Are you a Catholic mom who prays for the wisdom and patience to get through each day? Do you pray for your children, husband, family and friends, and sometimes even yourself? The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion offers a new, daily resource to make the most of those few, precious minutes you have to pause and reflect. For more than fifteen years, the award-winning CatholicMom.com website has been a trusted source for sound, practical, and spiritual guidance. In their new book, authors Lisa M. Hendey and Sarah A. Reinhard bring together more than eighty moms, dads, and trusted spiritual companions to provide fresh, uplifting meditations for every day of the year. You’ll find encouragement when you’re struggling, reassurance when you feel alone, and comfort when you’re distracted by worry. Created by moms for moms, these hope-filled meditations touch on the issues and concerns you face as you try to get through the day with a sense of God’s presence in your life. Whether you are a new or seasoned mom working in or outside of your home, this inspiring collection of reflections for every day of the year will help you stay in touch with the seasons of the Church year; remember Mary’s loving presence on her feast days; keep company with both new and familiar saints; see the spiritual meaning of secular holidays; and make you smile with occasions such as Houseplant Appreciation Day and National Popcorn Day. Each day begins with a brief quotation from scripture, saints, recent popes, or important spiritual writers. A personal reflection—written by contributors including Danielle Bean, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Lisa Mladinich, Elizabeth Scalia, Carolyn Woo, Mark Hart, and Jeff Young—focuses on some dimension of your spiritual, emotional, intellectual, or physical life. Each day also includes a brief prayer and a question or thought to ponder throughout the day. In just a few minutes of quiet you’ll find the boost you need from a friendly voice. Each month also has a special theme such as love, family fun, and slowing down. Start these reflections any time throughout the year and feel your days become more grace-filled and inspired.

Everyday Sacrament

The Messy Grace of Parenting

Author: Laura Kelly Fanucci

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814637930

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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In Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting Laura Kelly Fanucci sees the Catholic sacraments through the smudged and sticky lens of life with little ones. From dinnertime chaos to bath-time giggles to never-ending loads of laundry, Laura stumbles into the surprising truth of what the seven sacraments really mean: that God is present always, even in the messes of motherhood. A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.

Creating with God

The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy

Author: Sarah Jobe

Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)

ISBN: 9781557259226

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 188

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Jobe reads the Bible through the lens of her back-to-back pregnancies and finds that God shows up in pregnancy when we least expect it. Weaving together biblical reflection, her own story, and the stories of the moms around her, Jobe reveals the ways in which pregnancy is at the heart of God’s work in the world.