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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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 […]

The Miraculous MedalThe Miraculous Medal

Mary’s Love Note to Me: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

It started out as a series of love notes.  He worked in the back of the John Deere dealership, as a mechanic, and I was at the parts counter.  Every morning, I would leave a little note stuck in his toolbox. After a few months of this, I missed a day.  Maybe I was tired that morning, maybe I didn’t […]

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

Mary, the Most Flexible Woman I Know

I’m not known for my flexibility.  It’s not just that I’m neither athletic nor interested in becoming more so.  It’s that I want my world situated into a planner, complete with alphabetized lists and prioritized to-dos. It’s not that I don’t like surprises, as long as they come when I’ve planned for them (like at Christmas).  It’s not that I […]

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Mary, Queen of All Saints

They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard that she thinks my daughter looks, not like me, but like […]

Our Lady of the Southern CrossOur Lady of the Southern Cross

Sparkly Connect-the-Dots and Our Lady of the Southern Cross

“Look, Mommy!  Look Daddy!  Don’t they look like sparkly connect-the-dots?”  We were late getting home and I was in a hurry to get in the house and get the kids to bed, but my four-year-old’s voice stopped me with its enthusiasm. Only my four-year-old could make me look to the night sky without the shadow of cynicism or adult perspective.  […]


Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary

As Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary smiles at me the same way I smile at my seven-year-old struggling to learn to spell words and write sentences or my four-year-old beginning to form shapes and lines that make sense. She was given the title after appearing to Saint Dominic in 1208 in a church in Prouille, France. Later, in 1571, Pope Pius […]

Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K. of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K.

Mary’s a Blankie Person: Our Lady of Walsingham

It was over ten years ago that I was reminded of the blankie of my youth, the one that had to be pried from my hands and that still remains in my memory as a cherished item. My mother, an avid sewer and enthusiastic grandma-to-be, had made and shipped approximately thirty-five million blankets for her new granddaughter. Nearly three years later, […]

Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainCatedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

Finding Mary in the Failure: Our Lady of the Pillar

Have you ever planned what you thought was the greatest Bible study or parish event ever, only to have twelve people show up to join you?  Have you ever watched a great idea, flawlessly executed, underwhelm a group of critics?  Have you ever used logic to no avail, finding yourself all but stoned and chased away from the group? I […]

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

Mary as the Mother Who Cries With Us

I didn’t know what to say, and yet words of comfort seemed to come from my lips. We sat there, in the cozy Bob Evans down the street from the hospital, and I tried to keep myself from resorting to joking or bantering. As my mother-in-law ordered her salad and coffee, I realized I was not at a table in a […]