Category Grieving with Mary

A Caregiver’s Prayer

This prayer says it all. We caregivers of faith pray. We pray when we get up in the morning, all day long, and throughout the restless nights. We pray for our loved one and our much-needed strength, courage, and patience. We couldn’t get through the day without knowing God is with us, guiding us, and providing […]

Mary, the Rose

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And so would Mary. We have our favorite titles for Mary, but we also know that whether she is referred to as Our Lady of Mercy or Queen of Angels, she is one in the same. Mary is the mother of Jesus and our holy […]

How Long Will This Depression Last?

We prayed. We bargained. We begged. God did not answer our prayer as we hoped and now we are falling into a dark pit. Depression is a common response to grief and often follows denial, anger, and bargaining. We feel powerless in our loss. Something or someone dear was taken from us and we could […]

Let’s Make a Deal

“Lord, if you help me find a job today, I promise I’ll never complain about going to work. I will go in every day with a smile on my face.” Not all losses are the same but losing a job is close to the top, because it is painful on several levels. The loss of […]

The Budding Rosary

The rosary is often referred to as a rose garden blooming with Hail Mary roses. Every Hail Mary we pray is like giving Mary a rose. Perhaps that is why many claim to smell a fragrant aroma of roses when they believed Mary was near to them. Our Catholic rosary is rich in history evolving from […]

Holiest of Saturdays

If you want to participate in our Church’s greatest and most unique solemnity, attend the Easter Vigil. Most Catholics are accustomed to Masses that are an hour or less, but the Easter Vigil typically lasts two to three times that. Together we keep watch for the resurrection of Christ in a profound way. Celebrated after […]

Serving One Another with the Legion of Mary

Grieving our life’s pain with Mary blooms into something beautiful when we transform our heartache into works of love, prayer, and charity. A wide variety of Marian organizations offers such opportunities in which to participate. From daily prayers to feeding the hungry, we can align ourselves with groups that fit our abilities and time constraints. […]

Lean on Loved Ones

One of the most challenging aspects of grief is its unpredictability. We often are caught off-guard by its appearance and return. We think we are on the road to recovery. We think we are healing, or maybe even fully healed. And then it strikes again. A song, scent, or something visual can be a trigger […]

Mary’s New Home

  One of the challenges of selling a home is the removal of all meaningful items. Before placing the house on the market, family photos, awards, valuables, and religious articles must be packed away. The theory is that potential buyers need to imagine their things in the house and not be offset by yours. Good […]

Bring Them Home

The loss of a child leaves a hole in a loving parent’s heart. Whether we lose them through employment or military relocation, disagreements, substance abuse, or death, nothing can replace their absence. The pain may change over time, but it remains in some form until we reunite. Not a day goes by that memories of […]