Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy – Book Tour & Giveaways

To celebrate the launch of her new book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah Reinhard invites us to pray the rosary together. The Practicing Catholic is the eighth stop on her Rosary Blog Tour. Today, Sarah shares a reflection on the Wedding Feast at Cana.

The Wedding Feast at Cana by Sarah Reinhard

She looks around and sees a celebration, the union of two people at the beginning of their life together. It is the ending of each as individuals and the start of the two as one.

It’s just like a mother to stick her nose in to try to fix things, isn’t it? I never understood this tendency, until I my oldest daughter was whisked away in an ambulance one night with stroke-like symptoms. My husband rode with her, and I followed after finding someone to watch our other daughter.

I just wanted things fixed, but there was no one nearby. I called a close friend and the first thing she suggested was asking Mary for help. As she led me in prayer, I felt a wellspring of something, and I think now that it was hope. I had no idea what was going to happen with my five-year-old, I didn’t know what the future held, and I couldn’t do a thing about it except pray and accept God’s will.

It seems a stretch to compare this with the wedding at Cana, but to that couple, the crisis they were facing was every bit as real as what my husband and I faced with our child in an ambulance that winter night. They were going to suffer extreme shame in their culture and it would have been a terrible start to their life together.

Mary did what mothers do, and she fixed things. Unlike the rest of us, who often can only offer a word of comfort or a prayer of petition, she was able to get Jesus directly involved. Come to think of it, she still plays that role, and we would do well to remember that when we pray this mystery.

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Get out your beads. It’s time to pray.

As we pray this decade of the rosary, let’s hold all those brave women who have said yes to difficult and challenging motherhood in our intentions in a special way. Don’t forget, too, that we are praying for an increase in all respect life intentions as part of our rosary together this month. (If you’re not familiar with how to pray the rosary, you can find great resources at Rosary Army.)

Our Father . . . 

10 – Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be . . . 

O My Jesus . . . 

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Now, one last really cool announcement.

Sarah and I are “Skyping” Friday morning to talk about her book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy. The plan is to RECORD our talk and upload the video here this weekend. Sarah’s book is truly top-notch and will be THE book I gift to expectant mothers from here on out. Bonus: I’ll be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader. Stop back, watch my interview with Sarah, and enter to win. 

** In the meantime, head over to Ave Maria Press here for a chance to win a Nook with a free copy of the eBook version of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy. You may enter once per day through Sunday, October 28. Winner selected on Monday October 29, 2012.

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  1. says

    I am definitely adding this book to my wishlist! I have really developed into quite the ‘planner’ – and I think reading this book before I’m pregnant will just put my mind/heart at such rest. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Kemara says

    I’m not a mom, but I’ve been enjoying this blog train. Every time I get to this mystery I think of what Fulton Sheen had to say in “The World’s First Love.” When Jesus asks Mary, “Woman, what is that to me and to you?” Sheen says that what He was really asking was:
    “My dear Mother, do you realize that you are asking me to proclaim my Divinity – to appear before the world as the Son of God, and to prove my Divinity by my works and my miracles? The moment that I do this, I begin the royal road to the Cross. When I am no longer known among men as the son of the carpenter, but as the Son of God, that will be my first step toward Calvary. My hour is not yet come; but would you have me anticipate it? Is it your will that I go to the Cross? If I do this, your relationship
    to me changes. You are now my mother. You are known everywhere in our little village, as the “Mother of Jesus.” But if I appear now as the Saviour of men, and begin the work of Redemption, your role will change too.”

    Gives me chills every time I read it.

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