To celebrate the launch of her new book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah Reinhard invites all of us to spend her blog book tour praying the rosary together. Today, she shares this reflection on the Resurrection:

I often wonder what it must have been like to receive the news that her son had risen. Did Mary leap up and dance around the room with a whoop and a hurrah? Was she immediately immersed in a prayer of thanksgiving, glorifying God for this unbelievable miracle?

We take the Resurrection for granted, I think, and finding the wonder of it takes a bit of work, at least for me. I need to really consider what death is, how permanent it is, the ways it wrenches every part of me. It is then, in the despair of facing death one-on-one, that the reality of the Resurrection can truly be appreciated.

Before I had children, figuring out how to die to myself was sidelined by my career, my prayer life, and my right-now life. Holding my first daughter, though, opened a part of me that I don’t think existed before her birth. I learned that “dying to myself” involved putting others first, even at my own expense. This new approach required a different way of living. My natural selfishness became more apparent, and I learned that I needed to grow up in a lot of ways.

Motherhood has been a huge catalyst in helping me mature spiritually and emotionally. I have God to thank for this, and I look especially to the Resurrection as my model in motherhood. Every day, I have to die to myself—to my selfish inclinations and uncharitable tendencies—to take care of the small people God has put here for me.

Accepting God’s will is not easy for me. I fight it so often, thinking that I know better. (When will I learn?) In the risen Christ, I see the effect of dying to myself: it is a glorious promise in the midst of the dirt and chaos of daily life. My struggles in the here and now are worth fighting, worth persevering, and worth continuing, when I look at the Blessed Mother and her son reunited outside the tomb.

Death has no hold over us. We are set free . . . if only we choose to be.

As we pray this decade of the rosary, let’s hold all those brave women who have said yes to difficult and challenging motherhood in our intentions in a special way. Don’t forget, too, that we are praying for an increase in all respect life intentions as part of our rosary together this month. (If you’re not familiar with how to pray the rosary, you can find great resources at Rosary Army.)

Our Father . . .

10 – Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be . . .

O My Jesus . . .

You can find a complete listing of the tour stops over at Snoring Scholar. Be sure to enter to win a Nook (and any number of other goodies) each day of the tour over at Ave Maria Press.

I am very excited that the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference could be a part of this book tour!  Be sure to check out my review of Sarah’s book and leave a comment for a chance to win a FREE copy of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy!!! Read more and order your copy here.

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