Laura Kelly Fanucci

Advent for overwhelmed parents

Advent Prayers for Overwhelmed Parents: Hope

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 30, 2022

God of hope, Help us in this season of stress, This beautiful time of year that Can bring added burdens. Less money, more expenses, increased anxiety, Christmas coming right around the corner— Everything feels overwhelming right now. For rising costs and mounting bills. For Christmas lists and year-end deadlines. For groceries and gas and everything…

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The Fabric of Families: Creativity Across Generations

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 25, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Alissa’s essay reveals the power of discovering a new piece of your family’s past. Rachel’s prayer speaks to the creativity of all who will “bake and be blessed” in the holiday season. Resources to keep reflecting “The Way It Is” by William Stafford is a poem about the threads running through the…

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Creativity in Motherhood

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 18, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Kimberly’s essay weaves together her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago and the unfolding journey of motherhood, creativity, and prayer. Rachel’s prayer reassures every mother who’s longed for the creative callings of her past. Resources to keep reflecting Want to create in this season? Check out Rachel’s brand-new book Let There Be Art:…

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Forgiveness in Families: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 11, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Karianna’s essay invites us to consider how we forgive our families—our parents as well as our children. Rakhi’s prayer beckons us into the shadowlands of our own hearts, to ask for God’s mercy.  Resources to keep reflecting A forever-favorite essay from Brian Doyle on forgiveness as a father: A Sin. From the Mothering Spirit…

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A Prayer for Miscarriage

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 8, 2022

This prayer for miscarriage is featured in the book Pocket Prayers for Times of Trouble (Twenty-Third Publications, 2014). God of comfort, you who are mother and father of us all, hear my anguish at the loss of my child. My heart and body are broken, wracked with pain and grief. Let me bring you my cries and my confusion, my anger…

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Becoming Neighbors: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / November 4, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Cameron’s essay invites us to ponder what it means to be neighbors, through the eyes of a child. Rakhi’s prayer asks where are our prophets and who are our neighbors? Resources to keep reflecting For more of Cameron’s writing, get her free Advent devotional on St. Óscar Romero from her Substack newsletter…

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Finding Light in Darkness: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / October 28, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Gina’s essay shares how antidepressants deepened her relationship with God and her joy as a mother. Kimberly’s prayer (in Spanish and English) asks for God’s help to choose love even in our struggles. Resources to keep reflecting Gina mentions the prayer “Hail, Holy Queen” in her essay. Find the whole prayer here. Sarah…

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The Fire for Justice: Your Turn

The Fire for Justice: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / October 21, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Stina’s essay shares the experience of reading Micah as a mother while the world burns. Rakhi’s prayer asks for mercy, hope, and light in the darkness. Resources to keep reflecting Rakhi’s shop Rakstar Designs offers a print of Micah 6:8 to support the Equal Justice Initiative founded by Bryan Stevenson. For more of Stina’s…

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Breaking & Becoming: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / October 14, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Rakhi’s essay about grieving her parents gives voice to the mystery of love persisting. Rachel’s prayer reminds us there is space for our stories, for all that is breaking and becoming. Resources to keep reflecting To help grieving children in your life, visit the Dougy Center for resources: The National Grief Center…

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Anger & Forgiveness: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / October 7, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Jess’ essay speaks truth about the anger buried within motherhood. Kimberly’s prayer (in both English and Spanish) asks for the grace of forgiveness. Our big news: we’ve just announced our first virtual retreat! Sing A New Song: A Birth Story Retreat will come to you in the comfort of your home on…

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Mystery and Motherhood: Your Turn

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / September 30, 2022

This Week on Mothering Spirit Rachael’s essay invited us to look at ordinary moments of motherhood with fresh eyes, to see the beauty within the mystery of God’s love. Rachel’s prayer spoke deep truth to weary bones, that we are always beloved. Resources to keep reflecting For more writing from this week’s essayist, read Courage, Dear Heart and The Quiet…

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Mothering Spirit: How You Can Help

By Laura Kelly Fanucci / September 27, 2022

Recently I shared on Instagram that we could use your help with Mothering Spirit. Deep thanks to those who have reached out with offers of help and support. You inspired me to make a list of what would help us most: from the spiritual to the practical. Pray for us What we need more than…

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