Sarah Reinhard

About the Author

Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom and author whose nose is probably in a book if she's not scraping something off of her shoes. Her latest book is A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. Check out all of her books at http://sarahreinhard.com/writing/my-books/.

You’re just as likely to find Sarah Reinhard hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait--are those her kids?). She’s less enthusiastic about making dinner than she is about eating it, but she loves being a Catholic wife and mom (much though she struggles) and the kids sure are amusing. She’s been happily married for eight years and counting, and she and her husband have three children.

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Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, San Francisco North Beach
Photography © by Andy CoanSts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, San Francisco North Beach Photography © by Andy Coan

The Mystery of Holy Day Mass Times

Dear Parishes of My Area (and, from what I gather, around the country), I hear you complaining about Holy Days of Obligation and how low attendance is. In fact, as a parish employee myself, I’ve taken this to heart. And I think maybe I’ve found the reason for part of your problem. A couple of years ago, when I was [...]

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The Book of Tobit, Retold Delightfully

I love the book of Tobit and I read it many years ago, sitting in Adoration as a new Catholic. And I wondered why in the world you would cut such a brilliant adventure story from the Bible. I was therefore VERY excited when I heard about Ignatius Press’s release of Tobit’s Dog earlier this summer. It’s is a modern retelling of the [...]

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My Letter to My Newly Confirmed Niece

So far, two of my nieces have been confirmed Catholic. I’ve written them both letters. I highly recommend the practice of writing a letter to those you love who are celebrating sacraments. It’s a great way to connect with them and share your thoughts. It’s also a gift that gives long after it’s written. This letter was written in 2011. [...]

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Pass the Pencils, Please

Is there anything better than a freshly sharpened pencil, a brand-new blank notebook, and a comfortably cluttered table? Other than the pile of books I have to read, no. This time of year is some sort of balm to the nine-year-old writer in me, the one who still sees possibilities and promise when she sees a box of pencils. It’s [...]

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From Trash to Treasure

It’s that time of year when there is a yard sale dotting every development, when people have cleaned out their trash and are marketing it for whatever they can get, when the hunt for a bargain really kicks in. A few years ago, our family had a yard sale at my mother-in-law’s house. I did my best to avoid coming [...]

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Reflecting on Our Lady of Mount Carmel

I think of Mary as a gardener throughout human history. Trouble in France? Here comes Mary with rosary in hand and a full dose of prayer. Something’s tough in Russia? Mary’s on her way, pulling a hose behind her for some special fertilizing. They need help in the United States? There’s Mother Mary, clad in gloves, trowel in hand. There’s [...]

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The Blessing of Scabs

I remember so clearly that day when my then-three-year-old realized that the place between her eyes, the place she had scratched so hard, was bleeding. It was the cause of much drama and concern. A band-aid wouldn’t work; it was too big and it “touched” her eyes. I ended up wadding up a little piece of toilet paper and sticking it [...]

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The World of Little Girls and Possibilities

It was not until I was sleeping in a pink ruffled bed in a pink walled room, surrounded by all things sparkly and pink, that I began to fully realize our enormous responsibility — as parents of daughters and as a society and Catholic community. Laying there in my niece’s bed, with my own girl in the neighboring bed, watching [...]

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The Gift of the Cradle

In the years that I’ve been Catholic, I’ve found that there’s a certain appeal to the fact that I’m a convert, especially to “cradle Catholics.” They seem to think I have a special superpower.  Many of those who have been practicing Catholics their entire lives discount the great gift they have, the beauty of being raised with the Truth all [...]

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Mary, Homemaker of My Soul

I imagine my soul as a house that Mary makes into a home for her Son.  It’s drafty and dirty and in need of a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes there’s a recurring sin that gnaws away like termites, slow and steady, almost invisible.  Sometimes there’s a dilemma that requires a huge investment of money and lots of time to [...]