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Author Archive: Sarah Babbs

Sarah Babbs is a married mother of a toddler girl, writing from Indiana where she moved for love after growing up on the east coast. Sarah and her husband, a lawyer, lead marriage prep classes for their parish in addition to daydreaming about becoming lunatic farmers. During stolen moments when the toddler sleeps and the laundry multiplies itself, Sarah writes about motherhood, Catholic social thought, and ponders the meaning of being a woman "made in the image of God". Her website is Fumbling Toward Grace.

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After Edel

July 13, AD 2015 0 Comments
After Edel

I was unable to attend the Edel Gathering in Charleston this year, but seeing all of the stories, tweets, and beautiful smiles on the faces of lovely Catholic women I am honored to know inspired me to share my own reflections from my attendance at the inaugural Edel Gathering last summer. This post originally appeared […]

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When Repentance Looks Like A Shower

February 11, AD 2015 2 Comments
When Repentance Looks Like A Shower

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” -Mark 1:35-37   Any parent who has planned to get up “before the kids” in order to have some […]

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Jesus and Motherhood: Feeding the Masses

December 8, AD 2014 2 Comments
Jesus and Motherhood: Feeding the Masses

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

July 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking […]

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Whatever Isn't Love

June 23, AD 2014 7 Comments
Whatever Isn't Love

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart […]

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In Memoriam

May 25, AD 2014 5 Comments
In Memoriam

He hated tattoos, my paternal grandfather. He died when I was 11, but I remember a conversation, one of many had during summer visits to their home, when he told me of his aversion of tattoos. You see, he was there, at Buchenwald. He walked into that stinking pit of hell, wearing Army fatigues and […]

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Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

July 22, AD 2013 2 Comments
Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

“Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to […]

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Catholic and Infertile

April 29, AD 2013 1 Comment
Catholic and Infertile

“The English language lacks the words ‘to mourn an absence.’ For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful, some not. Still, we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only ‘I am sorry for your loss.’ But for an absence, […]

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What Should We Do?

December 17, AD 2012 1 Comment
What Should We Do?

We are soaked in blood. I am soaked in blood. There is so much blood everywhere we look, that we”ve stopped recognizing it. I”ve stopped recognizing it. I have not noticed its slow drip, drip, drip into my soul, choking out the love of God and neighbor that should be growing. Sowing instead seeds of […]

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Squeaky Clean

December 9, AD 2012 0 Comments
Squeaky Clean

I had the interesting experience of going to both confession and the dentist back to back this week. On Thursday I had my semi-annual tooth cleaning, and on Friday I went to confession before the vigil Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. There’s nothing quite like being scrubbed and scraped clean, both physically […]

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In Blackwater Woods

November 12, AD 2012 2 Comments
In Blackwater Woods

November is, for me, a month associated with death and dying. On November 1, we celebrate the feast of the all the Saints. In addition to celebration, I remember the due date of the baby we lost. He would have turned three on November 1, 2012. How fitting that the 2nd is a day of […]

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Open Hands, Empty or Full

October 15, AD 2012 6 Comments
Open Hands, Empty or Full

“There”s nothing harder than learning how to receive.” -Over the Rhine When we started out as newly marrieds, learning NFP, we didn”t know anyone else who was married with children. Nearly all of my friends were single, and none of Atticus” married friends lived nearby. We were basically on our own. It was both good […]

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa

September 16, AD 2012 8 Comments
Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The celebration of Mary standing at the foot of the cross. The suffering mother of the suffering Servant. It also happened to be the date of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese women’s conference that I attended with some friends, where Scott and Kimberly Hahn were the […]

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The First and Vital Cell

September 13, AD 2012 3 Comments
The First and Vital Cell

Human beings are essentially social in nature. The second theme of Catholic social teaching is the importance of social relationships and participation in society for human flourishing. Because of the importance of the family, community, and participation, I will break this principle into two posts: the family first, and community and participation second. The Family […]

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