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

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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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 [...]

"Our Lady of Mt. Carmel" (detail) by Pietro Novelli"Our Lady of Mt. Carmel" (detail) by Pietro Novelli

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

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 [...]


Need a Gift for Fathers Day? Randy Hain on The Journey to Heaven

Over the years since I’ve been reading and reviewing books, I’ve been blessed to interact with a number of awesome Catholic authors. Randy Hain is one such person. He’s written a pile of books and he’s one of the dynamic duo behind Integrated Catholic Life. Randy’s latest book, Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men, is in a word, [...]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Mary as a Model for Married Couples

Mary and Joseph’s marriage didn’t exactly get off to an easy start.  They were engaged and Joseph had promised not to “defile” Mary, because she was a consecrated virgin.  He was really only marrying her because, in that day and age, there was no security in being a single woman. And then she turned up pregnant.  This was the girl [...]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Mary as a Model of the Freedom of Chastity

Once, I asked our priest how Catholics can get good marital advice from celibate men.  Father’s response was that you don’t have to have an exact experience to help others with it.  Sometimes the best advice comes from someone outside a situation.  He reminded me that most priests are trained in counseling and that not all marriage counselors are married.  [...]


Dressing Mary as a Modern Mom

Let’s pretend, for the sake of conversation, that Mary was among us now.  Let’s pretend we could see her.  Let’s dress her up as a modern mom. The first thing I think she would need is an apron.  She’ll already be wearing a nice modest outfit — you can put her in a dress or capris as it suits your [...]