Today’s Guest Blogger: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

I mentioned yesterday that I’m not putting the Festival of Hope on hold for a day for Thanksgiving, because that would be excluding one of the guest posts I’ve received and not giving away all of the cool stuff I have stacked up for prizes.  So the question was, Whose post to put up for Thanksgiving Day?

As I looked over those I have left, the choice was easy.  Thanksgiving is such a family-oriented day, after all, and I have one author whose work is intensely oriented toward the strengthening of families, specifically through the vocation to motherhood.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is the author of some extraordinary books on motherhood.  She has not one but two newly published works, Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering and The Domestic Church: Room by Room.  (I can tell you my wife has been very impressed with both of these.  You’re lucky she’s letting me give them away here.)

And then there’s Donna-Marie’s earlier works, A Catholic Prayerbook for Mothers, The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home, and Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers to Be.   (Is that last title beautiful, or what?)  As if that were not enough, she has also written The Catholic Saints Prayerbook.

But there is more to Donna-Marie.  This mother of five is a lay Missionary of Charity.  Indeed, she knew Mother Teresa personally and was a regular correspondent with her for several years.  (Mother even wrote the preface for Prayerfully Expecting.) 

Not impressed yet?  Just a few months ago, Donna-Marie served, at the invitation of the Vatican, as a North American delegate to an International Women’s Conference in Rome, marking the twentieth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem, on the dignity and vocation of women. 

Finally, Donna-Marie blogs at Daily Donna-Marie.

She is our guest blogger today and we’re giving away two of her books below, so you’ll be glad you stopped by this Thanksgiving Day!


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