Full of inspiration and encouragement for all mothers!
Excerpt (from Introduction):
How can anyone begin to explain the countless indescribable blessings, joys, and rewards interwoven in the tapestry of motherhood? Along with those remarkable moments in a mother’s life, of course, are also woven the sacrifices and sorrows; even in these, God’s grace abounds to mothers just for the asking. Our Lord certainly favors mothers. After all, He actually enters into a partnership with them to create human life. What an incredible mystery and miracle!…Whatever mothering role she plays, the power of a mother’s prayer cannot be underestimated. And our good Lord also knows you would welcome more time for prayer and quiet times to listen to His promptings in your soul. But a busy household can be very far from quiet and time itself can seem like a luxury. It would actually be wrong for a mother to drop everything to kneel to pray. Especially as her baby is crying for her attention, a sick child is in need of her care, or her family is waiting for dinner. A mother’s time is truly not her own…
Thank you, dear Lord, for the miraculous vocation of motherhood You have blessed me with. At times, I may not be able to fathom the intensity of the miracles that are worked in human hearts throughout the seasons of my vocation as mother. By Your graces and love for me, I trust that I acy as Your instrument in this world–first to my own family, and then, reaching ot to others. Please continue to work through me as I work out my own salvation and that of my family. Help me to lead others to You by my life and love.
A wonderful encouraging book for Catholic mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, and grandmothers, $16.95
When dirty dishes and laundry pile up, it’s easy to believe that the call to sanctity is for someone else. But this inspiring book written by a Catholic mother of five and based on the teachings of Mother Teresa shows us how faith can support mother's in their most holy task—raising children.
With guidance for a deeper prayer life amid the chaos, we learn that our entire lives as mothers can become a prayer. With anecdotes, devotions, original prayers, helpful tips, an inspiration for achieving loving communication with God, this book helps mothers keep their sanity intact while seeking the sanctity to which everyone is called.
“We cannot all be Blessed Mother Teresas. We cannot and should not (those of us with small children to raise) drop everything and run off to Calcutta or some other poverty-stricken area to try and change the world. We can, though, in our own families, be instrumental in creating major changes. For a mother, this is far more meritorious than trying to convert the entire world, believe it or not!”
Bless Our Domestic Church
Oh, Lord, you have blessed me with the sacred gift of the family. You have put my children in my care to raise in a loving home. Whether we live in a palace or under a tree, we are a family. You bless our comings and goings, our times together and times apart when we look to you for grace and love. Help me to see the sacred beauty in my domestic church where many prayers are voiced to you throughout the care of my family and household. Please continue to strengthen me and give me peace in my vocation. Bless us all this day, Lord, as we live together, pray together, eat together, and work together in the blessedness of our family. Amen.
PRAYERFULLY EXPECTING: A NINE MONTH NOVENA FOR MOTHERS TO BE
With a Foreword by Blessed Mother Teresa
This unique, hard cover beautifully crafted book is a reflection guide, keepsake, and prayer journal that offers inspiration for each month of pregnancy in the tradition of the popular nine-day prayer, the Novena. There are spaces to write your own prayers and reflections. $16.95
Your feet are swollen, your hormones are a mess, and you still crave too much ice cream. For every mother-to-be, the nine months of pregnancy can be demanding. Competing with the joy of anticipation is the frustration of bodily pain and limitation. In this intimate book, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle invites pregnant women everywhere to see their pregnancy not as a burden but as a living prayer to God. Connecting the nine months of pregnancy with the nine-part novena prayer tradition known to Catholics everywhere, Donna Marie shows how each month of pregnancy connects the mother to the great Catholic saints and teachers. Alongside the devotional and the catechetical helps are pointed references to the development of the child in the womb as the months of pregnancy progress. Includes a foreword by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II.
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From the Introduction:
“What can the saints of yesterday offer us today? Transcending history, they offer us timeless wisdom and inspiration, while bringing us closer to God. Sanctity surpasses time and is forever with near us.
The saints’ exemplary examples of holiness give us unparalleled help and sustain our hope, especially during trying times. Just as our association with fellow Christians helps us come closer to Jesus, so our communion with the saints in heaven helps join us to Jesus, but more perfectly…”
Moments of Inspiration from Your Favorite Saints by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. This small book alphabetically presents in a concise and beautiful way a biography and a prayer for 32 of the most popular Saints from St. Anne to St. Thomas More. Great for young and old alike. Perfect for First Communion and Confirmation gifts. Hardcover. 80 pages. Great size to stash in a briefcase, diaper bag, purse, or back pack. Only $7.95
Prayer to St. Catherine Laboure
“Dear St. Catherine, please pray for me to have the grace to come closer to Our Blessed Mother Mary, who will bring me closer to her Son, Jesus. Help me to remain humble and to become holy like you. Please ask our dear Blessed Mother to look kindly on me now and shower upon me abundant graces according to the will of God. St. Catherine, pray for us and for all who invoke your aid. If it is God’s holy will, please grant me (here mention your request). Together let us pray, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Amen.
Filled with uplifting stories and advice for Catholic mothers. Each chapter ends with a recipe card which has a “recipe” for all different issues regarding Catholic mothering. The end of the book holds verses and prayers for mothers written to uplift, affirm, and encourage.
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle provides levity and strong spiritual advice in this recipe themed instruction manual for Catholic wives and mothers. Paperback. 219 pages – $14.95 NOW ON SALE!
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Sample excerpt from Recipe Card from book:
A Savory Broth of Unforgettable Teachings
“How do I get my family to spend more time together and treat Sundays as the Lord’s day?”
I set the tone in my home for Sundays, and I also set the parameters and expectations for my family regarding Mass and Sunday dinner: not planning unnecessary shopping trips by fostering an atmosphere of rest and fun with friends and relatives, and hopefully even finding a quiet time to ponder and pray.
Excerpt from book:
“I remember when I was a little girl drying dishes after dinner each evening while my mother washed. I never thought of it being a painful or annoying chore. I actually enjoyed it because I was doing something with my mother. I was always bursting at the seams to let my mother in on the latest clues I had discovered in the many adventures of the Nancy Drew books I was reading at the time. She listened intently as I chattered away to her. She seemed very interested in me recounting the stories. In no time, the dishes were all clean, dried, and put away. There were other times when–in between the Nancy Drew talk–I could casually insert something that was on my mind. It was my mother’s and my time to talk as she passed the clean dishes to me, an I dried them and put them away.
Don’t be afraid to get your kids involved with household chores. You can make it personal by investing time in your conversations with them while you are busy with your tasks. As a mother, I have found that sometimes it is much easier to have a discussion about an important or sensitive topic while doing something side by side rather than face-to-face with our children. Children are more apt to open up to us while we are spending time with them…”
“Grace Cafe is the “cookbook” we each wish we had for living life as a Catholic wife and mother – a realistic, yet very prayerful guide towards living out our vocation.
When reading this book, I found myself reflecting back to younger days with my now teenage sons and wishing I’d had this resource back then! Donna-Marie reminds us in Grace Cafe that mothering is a lifelong role filled with many joys and a few struggles too. She gracefully gives wisdom for dealing with all ends of the mothering spectrum.
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s books are always firmly rooted in Catholic doctrine and filled with references from the Catechism, scripture and papal encyclicals. And yet, Donna-Marie has a true knack for helping this sometimes heady material seem both relevant and accessible. When you read Grace Cafe, you will be both edified and inspired – I can hear Donna-Marie’s soothing voice and uplifting words like a warm hug from a special friend in both books.
Buy two copies – one for you, and one for a beloved friend or family member. Grace Cafe is one to share and enjoy over and over!”~Lisa Hendey, author and founder of Catholic Mom.com
VERY POPULAR MOTHER’S STUDY GUIDE USED ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Study your faith ROOM BY ROOM! Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle provides a guide to holiness for Catholic mothers in this inspiring study guide. The book is divided into “rooms,” each focusing on a different aspect of our spiritual journey toward God. It draws on the Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to provide a comprehensive understanding of the vocation of motherhood. Perfect for individual or group study and is complete with a leader’s guide in front and Answer guide in back. Each chapter has two parts and two sets of study questions. Paperback. 254 pages. $18.95
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
“The gift of conceiving and carrying a human life within one’s own body–under one’s heart– and then giving birth to and raising this little person is almost beyond depiction-and nothing short of miraculous. The gift of a child entrusted to a woman through adoption is also an incredible blessing.
The vocation of motherhood is a sublime privilege and am awesome responsibility. By partaking in a partnership with God, through her marital vows, a mother experiences a special communion with the mystery of life as it develops within her very being. In the case of adoption,a mother also experiences a motherly bonding and communion with the new life that has been entrusted to her. Blessed Pope John Paul II told us that this communion “is decisive in laying down the foundation for a new human personality” as she raises her child. Mothers are also remarkably responsible to some degree for the sanctification of their spouses and their children.
I wish to impress upon mothers what a gift it is to be a mother. Our vocation is filled to the brim with blessings, abounding with joy, beauty, and grace when we wholeheartedly embrace it with prayerful hearts!”
This hard cover, compact and sturdy prayer book is just the right size to stash in your purse, diaper bag, back pack, briefcase, or to have handy nearby on the nightstand or coffee table. This prayer book speaks to ALL women: single, married, mothers, and Religious. All women need affirmation, encouragement, and inspiration to aid them on their journeys throughout their busy lives.
Speaks to ALL Catholic women: single, married, mothers, an consecrated Religious, $7.95
From the back cover: “With all the mixed messages that women receive from society today, women can be distracted from–and even unreceptive to–the deep and abiding love that Christ has for them. Whether single or married, religious or consecrated, parenting children, or spiritually mentoring others, women need to know that the Lord understands the many challenges they face, their desire for inspiration, and, above all, their need to be affirmed as women. Through this book of original and traditional prayers from one of the top ten most fascinating Catholics of 2009 as rated by Faith & Family Live, women can realize God’s divine Love, thrive in inspiration from Saints and the Church and rest in the affirmation of the ‘feminine genius.’
From the back cover:
“A brush with fame blossomed into something far more spiritual, much longer lasting –infinitely more beautiful…
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will never forget the first time she laid eyes on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Hunched, frail, shorter than one of Donna’s own children, the aging servant of the poorest of the poor cut an unassuming figure awaiting the start of Mass with her Missionary of Charity sisters. They would speak briefly after the liturgy – Mother Teresa wanted to meet the mother of such reverent and grace-filled children – and then spend the next ten years intermittently sharing hopes, dreams, and prayers through the mail and in face-to-face conversations.
With Mother Teresa and Me, Donna-Marie invites you to step inside her deeply personal experiences with one of the greatest souls of modern times. Take her up on the offer and don’t be surprised if you, too, find your heart blessed and your soul inspired by the diminutive nun who left an enormous impression on Donna-Marie – and on the whole world.”
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A brush with fame blossomed into something far more spiritual, much longer lasting –infinitely more beautiful…
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will never forget the first time she laid eyes on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Hunched, frail, shorter than one of Donna’s own children, the aging servant of the poorest of the poor cut an unassuming figure awaiting the start of Mass with her Missionary of Charity sisters. They would speak briefly after the liturgy – Mother Teresa wanted to meet the mother of such reverent and grace-filled children – and then spend the next ten years intermittently sharing hopes, dreams, and prayers through the mail and in face-to-face conversations.Mother Teresa and Me, Donna-Marie invites you to step inside her deeply personal experiences with one of the greatest souls of modern times. Take her up on the offer and don’t be surprised if you, too, find your heart blessed and your soul inspired by the diminutive nun who left an enormous impression on Donna-Marie – and on the whole world.
“Also, after that week end, I would never again look at a piece of imperfectly fresh fruit with disgust. Each day the women from the shelter, the sisters, and I prepared food for the afternoon and evening soup-kitchen meal from fruits and vegetables donated by local markets. The gifts were the stores’ throwaways, most of the items being slightly spoiled or simply too far past the “sell-by” date to sell to paying customers. The sisters accepted every edible offering with great appreciation…”
This book is being re-released in September 2011 by the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Company. It will have scans of some of the letters that Mother Teresa sent to Donna-Marie. There will be a few slight changes from the original version and a couple of small additions as well.
Zenit article about Donna-Marie: http://www.zenit.org/article-30137?l=english
Recent article on Catholic Lane: “Mother Teresa and Calcutta in Our Midst:
FROM THE AUTHOR: “I am praying that this book will really stir your heart and soul to see Calcutta right in your midst and inspire you to begin to minister to others as dear Mother Teresa has done. While you probably won’t be picking the dying up out of the gutters as she did, your loving words and prayerful actions towards those in your own homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods will truly help to transform hearts and earn grace. You can watch a YouTube video of Donna-Marie’s interview on EWTN’s Bookmark show about this book:
DONNA-MARIE OFFERS A PORTION OF HER PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK TO THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY (Blessed Mother Teresa’s Religious Order).
“Can you imagine spending Lent with Mother Teresa? A chance in a lifetime! Donna-Marie’s book will do that exactly for you. Enjoy!”~Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel CFR
A Webinar which Donna-Marie presented about knowing Mother Teresa in which she shares much of her holy wisdom:
This daily companion for families draws from the wisdom of Mother Teresa, guiding parents and children alike to put her words into practice and “do small things with great love.” While most Lenten booklets focus on individual or small groups, this booklet is for families. Parents can pause and pray each day by reading a short quotation from Mother Teresa and using the Reflection for Parents as a touch point for their own prayer.
It then provides the resources a parent needs to gather the family together for a time of prayer and conversation. Family prayer time that includes the quotation from Mother Teresa and a story about her life is followed by practical suggestions on how to put into practice each day the threefold call of Lent: to fast, pray, and give alms or care for the poor.
On Sundays, the focus is drawn from the themes assigned to that Sunday of Lent and a project for the week ahead is suggested. The booklet can be used with any of the three Catholic lectionary cycles and is designed for use with children through preteen years.
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NOW released! And also available in an Audio Version too!
Listen to a snippet of the Audio book narrated by Donna-Marie:
A short Radio segment about Embracing Motherhood:
Description from Servant Books: Popular author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is back, this time with a book that addresses the vocation of motherhood, with all its joys and challenges. Using personal recollections, stories, Scripture, papal writings, and quotes from the saints, Donna-Marie encourages women to fully embrace their calling as mothers. The book takes an honest look at family planning, raising sons and daughters in our media age, overcoming perfectionism, single parenting, and dealing with the tough issues today’s families face.
Endorsement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan:
In this small volume, Embracing Motherhood: Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, Ms. Cooper O’Boyle offers a sensitive reflection on what it means to tune into faith, hope, and charity, living out the vocation of raising children, passing on our Catholic faith, and providing our kids with the necessary roots and wings to live virtuously. Mothers-and fathers too-can grow spiritually from this book, and draw inspiration from her tender perspective. This is a substantive and practical gem as well as a an ode of joy for God’s gift of motherhood!~Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
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Watch Donna-Marie discussing the book with Doug Keck on EWTN’s Bookmark TV show:
Embracing Motherhood – Audio Version – NARRATED by Donna-Marie – $24.99
From the Servant Books website: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle takes an honest look at the vocation of motherhood, with all its joys and challenges. Using personal recollections, stories, Scripture, papal writings and quotes from the saints, the mother of five encourages women to fully embrace their calling as mothers. Reflections and prayers with every chapter help make sense of tough issues such as family planning, raising children in the media age, overcoming perfectionism and single parenting.
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Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: NOW Released!
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, bestselling author and popular EWTN television and radio personality, accompanies Catholic women through the ups and downs of their lives, encouraging them to be reflections of Christ in all things. With warmth and candor, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle demonstrates why she is so beloved by her readers, viewers, and listeners. Through sometimes-unexpected stories from her own journey, she shows that being a faith-filled Catholic woman does not mean being perfect. Rather, in the midst of parenting difficulties, marital problems, economic hardships, and sickness–among other challenges–one finds strength in Christ and in the wisdom and community of the Church. She highlights how the sacraments, the virtues, prayer, Mary and the saints, the works of mercy, and various devotions and practices all offer women grace and guidance for their lives.
Check out reviews and more on the “Rooted in Love” blog: Rooted in Love blog
Over twenty years ago, Mother Teresa gave Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle a blessed Miraculous Medal, and she has never taken it off. To date, Donna-Marie has given away thousands of Miraculous Medals. But what is the Miraculous Medal–and why is it considered miraculous? Why is it important for us today? You’ll learn the answers to these questions, and you’ll also discover: The origin and history of the Miraculous Medal,
how the medal got its name, the story of St. Catherine Labouré, and more.
The author has collected many contemporary stories of the Miraculous Medal’s attraction and impact. Also provided is a section of prayers and devotions, including the perpetual novena prayer, spiritual benefits, and more. This is an informative, fascinating, and inspiring book, designed to stir the hearts of those who aren’t familiar with the Miraculous Medal’s miraculous powers through the Blessed Mother’s intercession, as well as those who are.
Watch Donna-Marie discussing the book with Doug Keck on EWTN’s Bookmark TV show:
First edition DVD is NOW AVAILABLE! It includes 25 segments of the EWTN’s TV series “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms.” Many mother’s study groups are using this DVD along with Donna-Marie’s books to gather together and learn more about their blessed vocation of motherhood as they share their Faith as Catholic women.This DVD is available on sale for only $15.00 with any order of ten or more books from this website to be used for a group study.
From the EWTN website: “Host Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle shares a variety of parenting experiences with viewers. Topics range from building a strong faith base early in your children’s lives, to teaching respect, promoting family values, and schooling issues. A program whose short but meaningful lessons will be much enjoyed, and easy to put into practice, by Catholic mothers, fathers, and grandparents. 1 disc. 2 hrs.”
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NEW audio CD OF DONNA-MARIE’S WOMEN’S CONFERENCE TALK: “Taking Our Faith to the Streets: Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love” IS AVAILABLE FOR $12.00 HERE.
NEW audio CD OF DONNA-MARIE’S WOMEN’S CONFERENCE TALK: “Unexpected Blessings!” IS AVAILABLE FOR $12.00 HERE.