Alternatively Titled: I finished a book for the first time in three years!
I'm so thankful for this little book and the women who put the time into writing these beautiful reflections. After sitting in a moving box and then on the shelf for months, I finally pulled it out, threw it in my bag, and managed to read it in the here-and-there moments of the past few weeks. I love that each reflection was only a few pages long, making it an easy read for busy mamas. I'm so drawn to anything reflecting on motherhood, especially when it relates to our Blessed Mother.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this sweet collection of reflections, one from each set of the mysteries of the rosary:
"The moment that shifted my view of motherhood was when the priest poured holy water over my daughter's head and said, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Suddenly, my motherhood made sense. The suffering seemed like nothing in light of the fact that my child had just become a member of the Church. She could call God, "Father" and Mary, "Mother." She could live forever, in heaven, with all saints and angels. She could even be a saint." - Michele E. Chronister, reflecting on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation in the Temple
"Far from a life endlessly pursuing personal comfort and bliss I had once hoped for my firstborn, I had now set my children down a path of discipleship - a path that goes up to, and through, the Cross... When that happens, I turn my head from the river, and look for Our Lady among the crowds standing watch. I grab for her hand and hold tight, knowing that she will lead my mother's heart through the things to come: all the things that I will have to walk through, and all the ones I will have to watch my children walk through." - Cari Donaldson, reflecting on the First Luminous Mystery, the Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan
"But Mary's journey conquered the same doubts I struggle with. Mary journeyed with her Son through the unthinkable. She experienced every anguish imaginable as her Son was tortured and killed. Mary's prayers and presence endured even a cruel crowning of thorns. We can take comfort in the knowledge that Mary has gone before us on this path of humiliation. Young mothers like me need to know that we will have courage when the day comes, to be with our children through their own humiliation." - Christy Isinger, reflecting on the Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns
"More than anything else, though, I think that Mary is a peaceful presence in a chaotic world... This is what Mary challenges me to do. She challenges me to be a presence of peace in my home, trusting the Holy Spirit to work through me. She challenges me to not be in control of everything, but rather, to take things to prayer and trust that God will provide, just as He did on Pentecost." - Michele E. Chronister, reflecting on the Third Glorious Mystery, Pentecost
This feels the kind of book I'll be re-reading many times and always coming away with a different bits of wisdom or encouragement. I'm so thankful I stumbled upon this book and so happy to share it with you.
If you've read Rosaries Aren't Just for Teething, what was one of your favorite quotes?