5-minute daily ‘retreat’ bolsters moms’ resolve
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, April 2, 2013 – Popular author, blogger, speaker, and EWTN host, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, knows what it’s like to be a busy mom. With five children, she realized that if a mother doesn’t earmark time for prayer and reflection, it doesn’t happen.
For most, setting aside even a few minutes a day can be a challenge. Cooper O’Boyle’s new Catholic Mom’s Café: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year (Our Sunday Visitor, 2013) meets that challenge. A 365-day devotional book for Catholic moms, the daily reflections highlight the virtues of faith, hope, and love, and are brief enough to be enjoyed in just five minutes.
Each meditation includes quotes from the Bible, a spiritual reading or relevant quote, an engaging and to-the-point meditation, a prayer that relates to the daily theme, and a brief “sound bite” to ponder throughout the day. Cooper O’Boyle encourages women to use the book however it fits into their schedule, and to consider it a “mini-retreat” for energizing their resolve and their faith.
Cooper O’Boyle will be the host of an upcoming EWTN five-part television series by the same name, “Catholic Mom’s Café.” Check local listings for details.
Readers can also join the conversation online at the Catholic Mom’s Café blog (CatholicMomsCafe.blogspot.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/CatholicMomsCafe) where Cooper O’Boyle will share ideas, book excerpts, reviews, inspiration, news, and recipes.
About Our Sunday Visitor
The world’s largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor serves millions of Catholics globally through its publishing, offertory, and communication services. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes a wide range of books including Bibles, biographies of the saints, books by Pope Benedict XVI, children’s books, devotionals, bible studies, inspirational works, and curriculum. Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit organization, returning a portion of net earnings back to the Catholic community through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. For more information, visit www.osv.com.
About the Author
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Catholic mother of five, is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. She is the host of EWTN’s TV series, “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms.” Blessed John Paul II bestowed the prestigious honor of his apostolic blessing on her work.
Donna-Marie has served as a Catechist for over twenty-five years, Eucharistic Minister, and Prioress and Mistress of Novices for the Third Order of St. Dominic branch she co-founded. Donna-Marie enjoyed a decade-long friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and became a Lay Missionary of Charity. For many years her spiritual director was Servant of God John A. Hardon, S.J., who also served as one of Mother Teresa's spiritual directors. Donna-Marie founded a branch of the Lay Missionaries of Charity, as well as the Marian Mothers, and Friends of Veronica.
Donna-Marie is the author of several books including the best-selling A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers, Catholic Saints Prayer Book, Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship, and Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (all published by Our Sunday Visitor). She is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, and can be reached through her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com and www.catholicmomscafe.blogspot.com.