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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A NOTE ABOUT THE LITURGICAL YEAR
WHAT Is THIS SEASON?
MOTHERS' SPIRITUALITY Is COMMUNAL
ADOPTION: THE GIFT OF LIFE
BAPTISM: SACRAMENT OF BELONGING
MODELS FROM THE TRADITION
MOTHERS' SPIRITUALITY Is INCARNATIONAL
LABOR AND DELIVERY: A NEW LIFE
GRANDMOTHERS: AN EXTRA GENERATION OF LOVE
CONFIRMATION: SACRAMENT OF COMMITMENT
SCRIPTURE FOR REFLECTION
Questions for Individual or Group Riflection
Resources for This Season
FROM THE TRADITION
l\10THERS' SPIRITUALITY Is NURTURING
BREAST-FEEDING: A NOURISHING LOVE
RECONCILIATION: SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
Questions for Individual or Group Reflection
MISCARRIAGE: AN EARLY Loss
MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD: SPEAKING OUT
Resources jor This Season
ACHIEVING A BALANCE
THE HOLY SPIRIT: HOLY ENERGY
SOPHIA: THE WISDOM OF GOD
GOD AS MOTHER: NURTURING LOVE
MOTHERS SPEAK
Other Scripture Passages to Explore
STORIES: A MOTHER'S TOOL
THE HOLINESS OF HOME
RESOURCES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace

The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace

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The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace is a unique invitation to mothers and parents to pause and reflect on the rhythms, cycles, symbols, and rituals that define who they are, both as caregivers and members of a larger community. Using the liturgical year as her framework, Kathleen Finley explores the spirituality of many kinds of mothers and the ways that various aspects of the Christian tradition—from the Advent wreath to the Beatitudes, the Paschal mystery of Christ's death and Resurrection to the daily celebration of the Sacraments—shed their light on the daily and unique holiness of motherhood.

Both the actions of motherhood and the rituals of the liturgy reaffirm in our lives the communion, connection, and timeless presence in any relationship of love. In each chapter, Finley connects the themes and practices of the season to particular aspects of a mother's spirituality, a spirituality that is communal, incarnational, nurturing, patient, among other qualities. She offers to her readers the voices of real women recounting their own experiences of motherhood alongside classic and contemporary Christian models.

Including passages from Scripture, questions for reflection, and suggestions for further resources, The Liturgy of Motherhood provides a way for mothers—and for all of us—to further develop the daily richness of our relationships as a "domestic church" within the Christian tradition.
The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace is a unique invitation to mothers and parents to pause and reflect on the rhythms, cycles, symbols, and rituals that define who they are, both as caregivers and members of a larger community. Using the liturgical year as her framework, Kathleen Finley explores the spirituality of many kinds of mothers and the ways that various aspects of the Christian tradition—from the Advent wreath to the Beatitudes, the Paschal mystery of Christ's death and Resurrection to the daily celebration of the Sacraments—shed their light on the daily and unique holiness of motherhood.

Both the actions of motherhood and the rituals of the liturgy reaffirm in our lives the communion, connection, and timeless presence in any relationship of love. In each chapter, Finley connects the themes and practices of the season to particular aspects of a mother's spirituality, a spirituality that is communal, incarnational, nurturing, patient, among other qualities. She offers to her readers the voices of real women recounting their own experiences of motherhood alongside classic and contemporary Christian models.

Including passages from Scripture, questions for reflection, and suggestions for further resources, The Liturgy of Motherhood provides a way for mothers—and for all of us—to further develop the daily richness of our relationships as a "domestic church" within the Christian tradition.

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Finley, an author and mother, views motherhood through the lens of the Catholic church's worship rites in this compilation arranged around the liturgical year and the seasons of Advent, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Using stories from her own maternal life and those of other mothers, Finley develops the theme in each chapter by describing the particular season and its traditions, then reflects on its presence in the interplay between mothers and their children. For example, in the chapter on Advent, she likens the liturgical season of waiting for the coming of Christ at Christmas to the waiting implicit in the lives of all mothers, whether they are expecting a child's birth or her arrival home from a dance. In another section, she compares the relics kept by the church to the locks of baby hair cherished by mothers everywhere. Finley also offers models of motherhood drawn from her church's collection of saints and saintly women. Knowing that moms can sometimes take their innate spiritual qualities to extremes, she devotes part of each chapter to "achieving a balance" in exercising such attributes as compassion and patience. Christian mothers, especially those from liturgical traditions, will relate to this book, and those who use it for group study will find the Scripture verses and questions at the end of each chapter helpful. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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