Saintly Moms: 25 Stories of Holiness


“The Most Important Person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honour of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body….The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation….What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this; to be a mother?”–József Cardinal Mindszenty

Being a mother can be quite challenging to downright difficult at times. The lives of the saints are a great source of inspiration and reassurance. The holy women in Saintly Moms can help us better to understand motherhood as a vocation and a path to holiness. Whether a new mom, a grandmother, or somewhere in between, this book encourages all mothers in their vocation as they identify themselves in the lives of these saints, who also experienced the joys and challenges of being a mom. Their stories will also be inspiring to young women considering the vocation of motherhood and anyone with an interest in saints. Each chapter profiles a different holy mother, reflects on a lesson learned from her life, and ends with a prayer through her intercession. While we grow in admiration and devotion to them, these Saintly Moms can help us see the saintly possibilities each one of us possesses.

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Kelly Ann Guest is a youth minister, contributing blogger at, and contributing author for The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Previously, she was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities’ program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, and a director of religious education. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is as a wife and the mother of ten children.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 5.25 × 1 × 8.5 in