Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Soon to be released!

From the publisher's website:

"How many mothers actually embrace their vocation? I wonder. How many revel in it all and recognize their role as an actual vocation?"—from the introduction

Celebrating her great love for the family as a "domestic church," Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle leads the reader to a deeper appreciation of the role that motherhood plays in the sanctuary of vibrant family life. Her observations and advice are grounded in personal experience and informed by a profound understanding of the Church's teachings on the feminine genius and the importance of the Christian family in the modern world

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

View from the Domestic Church: You will love this!

View from the Domestic Church: You will love this!

Embracing your motherhood!

Coming soon! I will be posting some beautiful sentiments from mothers about why they embrace their motherhood! You too can express your sentiments in the comment box below and be entered into a drawing to win a copy of my upcoming book, Embracing Motherhood! Hurry though, contest ends soon!

God bless you as you journey through Advent!


View from the Domestic Church: Tune into my recent radio chat discussing all things Catholic!

View from the Domestic Church: Tune into my recent radio chat discussing all things Catholic!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New and Exciting!

Coming soon! To be released in January 2012 but can be pre-ordered now!
An audio version will be available too!

Book Description

January 3, 2012
Popular author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is back, this time with a book that addresses the vocation of motherhood, with all its joys and challenges. Using personal recollections, stories, Scripture, papal writings, and quotes from the saints, Donna-Marie encourages women to fully embrace their calling as mothers. The book takes an honest look at family planning, raising sons and daughters in our media age, overcoming perfectionism, single parenting, and dealing with the tough issues today's families face.



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View from the Domestic Church: Do you know where your Advent wreath is?

View from the Domestic Church: Do you know where your Advent wreath is?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

God's Timing and Our Prayers

Isaiah 65:24

This is a story written by a doctor who worked in Africa .

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator).

We also had no special feeding facilities.

Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates)...

"And it is our last hot water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.

"All right," I said, 'Put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.'

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. 'Please, God' she prayed, 'Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.'

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, 'And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?'

As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say "Amen?" I just did not believe that God could do this.

Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.

Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.... Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored.. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the...could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, 'If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!'

Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!

Looking up at me, she asked, "Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?"

"Of course," I replied!

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.

And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it 'that afternoon..'

"Before they call, I will answer." (Isaiah 65:24)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Praying Through Our Busy Lives!

EWTN has published one of my segments of my series; "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms" on YouTube. You can see it here. Twenty-five segments from Saeason One are available on DVD from my website: where I am having a sale!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

“Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry!”

“Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry!”

My recent experiences at the hospital with my husband. I feel compelled to share them to inspire others about the power of prayer and God's amzing grace!

Excited to unveil my new upcoming book!

My new book will be released in January 2012! As well, an audio version of the book will be available too--at the same time!

God bless your vocation of motherhood! Embrace it with all your heart!

hugs and prayers,


St. Therese of Lisieux: A Close Friend and Powerful Intercessor

St. Therese of Lisieux: A Close Friend and Powerful Intercessor


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Welcome Baby Jesus

Did you know Sarah Reinhard wrote a book? Sarah is a Catholic wife and mother and blogs about the Faith and her family at

This is what I said about it on

Author Sarah Reinhard believes that Baby Jesus is the "biggest reason for our [Christmas] celebration." She says in her Introduction, "Everything else is secondary to the arrival of our Messiah." 

"Welcome Baby Jesus" is an exceptional Advent resource for today's Catholic families. The booklet is based on Scripture, but easy to understand, delightfully decorated, and filled with exercises designed to draw the family together and closer to Jesus. What a perfect resource to use and to give as a gift to families you know prior to the holy season of Advent.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So much laundry!

The subject of laundry has come up recently among many women so I will offer this post to two of my laundry prayers:

God bless your day!



Roles of Men and Women

Roles of Men and Women

Found the above on Catholic Exchange today. What do you think?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

With Mother's Day fast approaching...

With Mother's Day fast approaching, my heart goes out the the countless mothers who have lost babies to the terrible pain of miscarriage. Tomorrow, when I stand with our congregation of mothers at Mass for a blessing and to celebrate motherhood, I will be standing for ALL mothers - those with living children and those with children who have been whisked away what seems like far too soon, but by God's grace have gone into the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Please hold the mothers of miscarried babies in a special place in your hearts with prayer. These mothers feel a sword of sorrow piercing their hearts and they need our love and understanding. They certainly are mothers too even though they do not have children here on earth to hold. Their moment of glorious joy will arrive the day they are reunited in Heaven with their miscarried children.

I await seeing my three miscarried babies there.

Illustration by my daughter, Chaldea (appears in my book The Heart of Motherhood)
 God bless all mothers! Many women are spiritual mothers and even though they are not biological mothers or adoptive mothers, they mother others with their God-given gifts. Let's turn to the Mother of all - our Blessed Mother, seeking her intercession and celebrating all women tomorrow!

God bless and a big hug!


A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints: A Warning About A Totally Catholic Summer Program

Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints: A Warning About A Totally Catholic Summer Program: "Before last summer began, I posted about doing a VBS at home called Summer Faith Adventure . It is made/created by the same people that do ..."

Monday, April 25, 2011

View from the Domestic Church: Book group studies "Mother Teresa and Me"

What's up?

What's up in your mothering?

What challenges do you face? What joys do you experience? What can you share with us here? Let's get a conversation going about one of the most sublime vocations ever.

I hope you'll leave a comment and share a piece of your heart with us.

God bless!


Embracing your Motherhood

Happy Easter!

How was your Easter celebration? I hope it was grace-filled and brimming with JOY as well.

I am updating you on the progress of my book "Embracing Motherhood." It's all finished and off to the publisher. After going through the proper channels and process it will be all set to be released by January of 2012. I pray that it is a book that will inspire the hearts of Moms all over the world, offering encouragement and advice to get through the many challenges in a holy vocation. Feel free to pass the word about my new upcoming book. I'll be thinking of a contest to do in the near future to offer you the opportunity to win autographed copies of the book. So, stay tuned.

God bless!


Announce Jesus' resurrection to the world, Pope says on Easter Sunday :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Announce Jesus' resurrection to the world, Pope says on Easter Sunday :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I'm here!

I have been extremely busy with events and work. Sadly, I have not had time to post here on this blog very much, or at least as I would want to. But I am here now!

I do want to let you know though that I have good news...My very newest book which will probably be titled "Embracing Motherhood" and will be released early next year by Servant Books. It will speak of the joys and challenges in a holy vocation and also devote some time discussing some really tough issues that some mothers face. So, I hope you stay tuned for that.

I am getting to the finish line with the writing of this book. I'll keep you posted!

God bless you!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

OSV Daily Take Blog: Confession: There's an app for that

OSV Daily Take Blog: Confession: There's an app for that: "Posted by Mary DeTurris Poust Perhaps the one place you thought technology couldn't go was into the confessional. Guess again. Now there's ..."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tea With Donna-Marie: Your cup of tea today...

Tea With Donna-Marie: Your cup of tea today...: "Who will you 'have a cup of tea' with today? Will it be someone in your neighborhood who needs a hand with some snow shoveling? Might it be ..."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tea With Donna-Marie: Don't be shy!

Tea With Donna-Marie: Don't be shy!: "Feel free to leave comments here on the blog or email me at with your questions about living the Catholic faith. I have so..."

Tea With Donna-Marie: "Do you have any ideas how to ignite her catholic ...

Tea With Donna-Marie: "Do you have any ideas how to ignite her catholic ...: "Dear Donna-Marie! What a wonderful idea of this blog! And what a great opportunity for me to ask you for your words of wisdom and experienc..."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tea With Donna-Marie: "This killing place must be one of the most bazaar...

Tea With Donna-Marie: "This killing place must be one of the most bazaar...: "I enjoyed your informative article in the issue of the K of C's Columbia magazine. I am familiar with the value of Ultrasound. &..."

Tea With Donna-Marie: "I find myself wondering if I am doing enough to s...

Tea With Donna-Marie: "I find myself wondering if I am doing enough to s...: "Hi Donna-Marie, I recently purchased your Prayer book for Mothers and absolutely love it. I am a 31 year old mother of two, a one yea..."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tea With Donna-Marie: Stay tuned...

Tea With Donna-Marie: Stay tuned...: "Tea With Donna-Marie is coming up soon! If you have a question for Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle about living the Catholic Faith, email her a..."