A Mary Moment Monday post that’s also a book excerpt


In the Assumption, we get a taste of flesh and blood. It’s a mystery of the Rosary that, to me, blends the joy of family members all hugging each other with the brilliancy of great details.

Details make all the difference, don’t they? Knowing that Mary was taken into heaven body and soul, showing Jesus’s love for her—and for us—is a detail I can appreciate.

There are people I love who have died, some who are very dear to me. I can’t wait to be reunited with them, to hold them in person, to share a meal, and to have all my favorite people in one place at the same time.

That’s what the Assumption is: a gathering of all our favorite people—the saints, our loved ones, Mary, and God. There’s food involved, and I think there will be hugging, too.

The Assumption also reminds me of my job as a mother, the goal of my vocation: getting to heaven those little ones I’m raising. It isn’t easy and the job doesn’t ever end. Someday, though, it will pay off, when we’re all gathered together around the heavenly banquet, smiling and laughing in a way that’s free from the burdens of this life.

Like this? There’s more of this in my book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism.