Sarah Reinhard

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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 Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary. Check out all of her books at

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Detail of Murillo's "Immaculate Conception"Detail of Murillo's "Immaculate Conception"

Mary as “One of Us” in Our Lady of Lourdes

Over the years, I have wondered how much Mary and I have in common.  First I wondered, because I wasn’t a mother and we lived in such different times.  Now I wonder, because I am not so patient or flawless in my mothering as I imagine she was.  I asked myself if she could possibly understand the frustrations, the challenges, […]

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

A Mother Who Comforts the Afflicted

There was no evidence of misery or pain.  Her sleeping face was still, the fever invisible and her riotous bowels at rest. Earlier in the day, her small head had leaned against my shoulder, burning and sweaty.  It was my first experience of having a child sick enough to cause me to worry.  Her misery during her waking time made […]

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in French AlpsThe Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in French Alps

Small Town Mary: Our Lady of La Salette

In the 1980s, when I was growing up in a small town in Ohio, there was a popular song that we all loved.  It glorified life in a small town and made us feel that we were something special because we didn’t have all the conveniences of urbanity.  We could forget that we had a forty-five-minute drive to “civilization” and […]


The Human Side of Mary: Our Lady of Tears

I had seen the various mothers in my life cry many times, but it wasn’t until I went to make funeral arrangements with my mother-in-law that I glimpsed a portion of the tears Mary must have shed during her lifetime, especially during Our Lord’s passion and death.  My mother-in-law was making arrangements for the third time, for the third grandson.  […]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail)
Artwork © by Jef MurrayBlessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Mary as Our Lady of Grace

She stood there, in the front, as she always did.  She was looking down, but I felt like I somehow caught her eye.  Maybe it’s because I had my small children with me at the midnight Mass.  Among all the families with small children in our parish, we were the only one who had woken our children in the middle […]

Our Lady of Prompt SuccorOur Lady of Prompt Succor

A Mother Running to Our Aid: Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Sometimes—often—in my Christian journey, I have discovered that God’s timeline is different than mine.  While I’m busy praying every prayer I can find, He’s at work.  The problem, for me, is that I don’t always see results immediately. “Hey God,” I call, “it’s been a week since I started that novena.  I know, a few more days to go.  But, […]


What I Learned from Failing at Advent (Again)

My standard response, whenever anyone asks how my Advent is going, is “Well, I’m failing.” I don’t say it as a matter of course or as a habit, but because it’s usually true. This year was no different. In fact, if anything, this year was the worst since I’ve been Catholic and trying to actually observe Advent. The weeks leading up […]

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Give the Gift of Yourself

It was just recently that I realized something about myself: I like old people. I think it all began back when I was about six. Or maybe I was seven. Regardless of my age, I remember distinctly liking my great grandmother. For one thing, she made waffles that did not go in the toaster. For another, she was always happy […]


’Tis the Season… of Advent

’Tis the season.  Everyone’s out shopping for that special something for everyone on their list.  We are all busy, running around like worker bees, catching ourselves coming and going.  There are Christmas programs and holiday recitals and parties and gatherings and a long list of things to do. In the midst of all of that, it’s easy to forget that […]


Armed with My Rosary

According to my confessor and spiritual director, we all have habitual sins. Each of us has an area of weakness, and that’s where our personal tempters and/or the devil attack first. In fact, when we’ve talked about my habitual sin, he used the word “addiction.” I don’t know about you, but thinking of sin as an addiction took some getting […]