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 all of us to spend her blog book tour praying the rosary together. Today, she shares this reflection on the Assumption of Mary:
In the Assumption, we get a taste of flesh and blood. It’s a mystery of the Rosary that, to me, blends the joy of family members all hugging each other with the brilliancy of great details.
Details make all the difference, don’t they? Knowing that Mary was taken into heaven body and soul, showing Jesus’s love for her—and for us—is a detail I can appreciate.
There are people I love who have died, some who are very dear to me. I can’t wait to be reunited with them, to hold them in person, to share a meal, and to have all my favorite people in one place at the same time.
That’s what the Assumption is: a gathering of all our favorite people—the saints, our loved ones, Mary, and God. There’s food involved, and I think there will be hugging, too.
The Assumption also reminds me of my job as a mother, the goal of my vocation: getting to heaven those little ones I’m raising. It isn’t easy and the job doesn’t ever end. Someday, though, it will pay off, when we’re all gathered together around the heavenly banquet, smiling and laughing in a way that’s free from the burdens of this life.
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 . . .
I had the privilege of contributing a very small snippet to Sarah’s work and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Sarah has put together a thoughtful, funny, and meditative compilation of thoughts and resources for expectant Catholic women. It can be difficult to navigate the various questions and challenges of pregnancy while keeping our faith at the forefront, both in terms of not giving into anxiety and apprehension about all of the small and big decisions that accompany new motherhood as well as holding strong to your beliefs if faced with challenging medical issues. Sarah’s writing is reassuring and positive while encouraging us to grow spiritually while growing a person.
It’s kind of crazy that it’s taken this long for there to be a book like this one on the market, and Sarah has provided Catholic moms with a tremendous gift with her work.