Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824524036
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 627,992
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Like a breath of fresh air!

    This is one of those books that you read and think to yourself, I need to give this book to every woman I care about! It has changed my attitude and definitely the way I look at motherhood. It was like Donna-Marie turned on a light in a dark room and showed me how to get closer to our Lord through the vocation he has blessed me with. When I read this book it was like she wrote it for me! It's truly a breath of fresh air!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    LIFE CHANGING!

    I am a mother of 3 children ages 3 and under and have read THE HEART OF MOTHERHOOD and it has truly changed my life! The author's outlook on the vocation of motherhood could only have come from the Holy Spirit....Donna Marie Cooper Oboyle's writings are awe inspiring. I encourage all mothers to read this book. It is easy reading and one you can't put down. The writings of this book are ones you remember in the middle of the night when you are up with sick children and want to break down and cry or the days you don't know how you are going to make it through the day....the voice of this book sticks with you and truly helps you become a better mother and helps you to live a holy life at home. IT is a reminder of the true vocation of motherhood that has been lost in today's society. I am starting a mother's group at my church based on this book because the message is so powerful that all mothers need to be touched, encouraged and inspired by the words of this book, especially in today's world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Wonderful for ALL moms

    Donna-Marie captures the essence of being a mother in today's world. With so many outside influences on our lives, she offers a unique perspective on how to keep our own spirtuality, prayer life, and role models in check. By describing motherhood as a vocation and using role models such as the Blessed Mother, and various saints, she gives us inspiration to do our best and to accept our calling to be a mother first and foremost. She tells us we can live our lives as a prayer- as we do not always get time to stop and pray during the day. With guidance from Blessed Mother Teresa and blessings from Pope John Paul II, Donna-Marie offers the guidance all mothers need in their daily lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    For every mom

    This a lovely book, steeped in understanding of and respect for mothers. 'I think we can all agree that mothers in our day could use some encouragement and recognition,' Donna writes in the introduction. This book offers both, as well as some practical advice, mom to mom. Donna begins by pointing out that the 'ordinary' vocation of motherhood is actually quite extraordinary in both its requirements and rewards, and moves on to remind us that Mary is our model for motherhood. Lest that sound too lofty, I can say that the author remains firmly rooted on earth as seen in this passage on the Rosary: 'When teaching our children to pray, we should try not to inadvertently turn our children away from prayer by being unrealistic in what we expect from them or by becoming overly regimented with them ... Setting a prayerful example for them is much more articulate than harping at them to pray could ever be.' In a chapter entitled, 'Splinters from the Cross and the Kiss of Jesus,' Donna takes an unflinching look at the fact that wholehearted mothering demands sacrifices. She quotes Pope John Paul II: 'Humanity's future depends on people who rely on the truth and whose lives are enlightened by lofty moral principles that enable their hearts to love to the point of sacrifice.' Clearly, mothers live in this category. The point is reinforced with a quote from Donna's friend and spiritual director, Fr. Bill Smith, who says, 'Good, faithful mothers skip purgatory and go straight to Heaven!' As she did in her Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, Donna also draws on her friendship and correspondence with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. One of my favorite quotations in the book is from Blessed Teresa. It's not new, it's not earth-shaking, but it's true, and how often we all need these true and vital reminders: 'The best and surest way to learn the love of Jesus is through the family. Whatever you do in your family for your children, for your husband, for your wife -- you do for Jesus.' What I really like about this book is that it takes timeless concepts, solid teachings of the Church, and the words of giants such as John Paul the Great and Blessed Teresa and weaves them into an eminently readable book with a vital message: motherhood is a necessary and powerful vocation that can and will turn our lives into prayers. The next time I head out the door to teach baptism classes at our parish, I'll be bringing Donna's book along with me. It's perfect for young and new moms who are just beginning to realize the implications of their role in the family. But it's for all moms, too -- we all need to hear the message that what we do is important and holy. What we do is our path to heaven. That is the heart of motherhood.

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