The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion
edited by Lisa M. Hendey and Sarah A. Reinhard
Ave Maria Press (August 2016)
The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, a new daily devotional from the CatholicMom line of books at Ave Maria Press, boasts over 80 authors for the 366 reflections it contains. Each day’s entry begins with a quote as a jumping-off point; these come from sources as varied as Scripture, the saints, famous authors and historical figures.
A short (300 words, give or take) reflection follows the quote. Like Forrest Gump’s famous box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re gonna get.” With more than 80 voices behind this book, the daily topics are as varied as the women and men writing about them.
Men? In a book for Catholic moms? Absolutely. This intentional inclusiveness points to the truth that we can be inspired and encouraged by people who are not exactly like us. Variety among the book’s contributors brings a richness of perspective that would not be seen in a book written by a team of people with the exact same background and life circumstances.
These reflections lead into one-line prayers and finally to a question to ponder throughout the day. These are wonderful journal prompts!
The daily entries in The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion are intentionally kept short, because not everyone has a lot of time for daily devotions. If you have 5 minutes, you can pray with this book. If you have 30 minutes, you can pray with this book.
It’s my privilege to be among the many writers included in this book.
From the publisher: “Are you a Catholic mom who prays for the wisdom and patience to get through each day? Do you pray for your children, husband, family and friends, and sometimes even yourself? The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion offers a new, daily resource to make the most of those few, precious minutes you have to pause and reflect.”
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is available from Our Sunday Visitor.