To celebrate the launch of her new book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah Reinhard invites all of us to spend her blog book tour praying the rosary together. Today, she shares this reflection on the Ascension:

Did Mary’s heart break just a bit when her son ascended? It marked the end—the real end—of his time on earth, after all, and the last time she would see him here.

Change is exciting, and it’s terrifying too. Christ’s Ascension marked a change for the early Christians. They had the risen Christ after the horror of the crucifixion. Now he was returning to heaven. What next?

Jesus gives us all a lesson in the Ascension. He goes to where he’s supposed to be. Where are we supposed to be? For me, that changes depending on the day or time. Am I sup- posed to be on the floor with a preschooler reading a book, or am I supposed to be in the kitchen preparing dinner, or at my computer finishing a work project? I can’t bilocate (though I keep trying), so I have to choose.’

When I look to the Ascension, I see clearly that I’m supposed to be with Jesus. Jesus goes to where he’s supposed to be; he doesn’t hang around for an extra few years giving his followers extra instructions or backup plans. He’s in heaven and I’m not, so it’s a little harder to figure it out, but he has given me all sorts of instructions, if only I’ll listen. When I open myself to the Holy Spirit and the still, small voice of God, I know the peace of making the right choice.

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As we pray this decade of the rosary, let’s hold all those brave women who have said yes to difficult and challenging motherhood in our intentions in a special way. Don’t forget, too, that we are praying for an increase in all respect life intentions as part of our rosary together this month. (If you’re not familiar with how to pray the rosary, you can find great resources at Rosary Army.)

Our Father . . . 

10 – Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be . . . 

O My Jesus . . . 

You can find a complete listing of the tour stops over at Snoring Scholar. Be sure to enter to win a Nook (and any number of other goodies) each day of the tour over at Ave Maria Press. 

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When Sarah asked me to host her book tour, I leapt at the opportunity. Not only is she an AMAZING woman, but I’m proud to call her my friend!

Some of you may be thinking … uh, Drinkie, you’re single, right? And don’t have any kiddos? Why are YOU hosting this? Well, let me just say while I don’t know what it’s like to be pregnant (Yet! One day, God-willing), I’ve walked with quite a few friends now through their beautiful pregnancies. What a gift this book is! I will definitely be giving it to all my friends when they are blessed with a baby in their belly! I have a great fondness for Our Lady and Sarah’s book truly allows women to connect with Mary and the experience of getting to know the Lord better through the blessed gift of woman and pregnancy.

Besides, Sarah likes a good glass of wine and a virtual porch party … you can’t ask for better friends than that!

So pick up her book for yourself if you or your wife is pregnant … and give it to your friends! It’s a resource that will be treasured for years to come.