Casual Fridays: Blessings for Working Mothers


Here on I’m going to resurrect a feature I’d been sharing weekly over at Faith & Family Live. “Casual Fridays” will explore the topics of work, career, balance, productivity and spirituality in the workplace. Please note that this is not intended to be a “smackdown” between stay at home moms and those who work outside the home. The truth is that every mom works, and that these topics are relevant for us all — and for our non-mom readers too, regardless of where our vocations have planted us.

Today, I simply want to reintroduce the concept and share with you A Book of Blessings for Working Mothers. I recently came across this lovely little booklet while on a mother’s retreat. Published initially in 1994, it provides affirmation and thoughtful encouragement for moms who work — while probably aimed at moms who leave home to work, its basis in scripture and references to Proverbs 31 are really relevant for any woman who needs a little TLC, some perspective on the tremendous amount of giving she does every day, and a reminder that it’s all from God. I keep it close by when I need a pause for a reminder in the midst of all of my daily craziness that my vocation is worthy, a blessing and a gift.

In Anders’ book, one of the blessings offered wishes the working mother is “Perhaps carry an empty briefcase, light as a feather, held by one finger, never touched, never opened…” and a peaceful night of no work interruptions. I smiled when I read this — since I work at home, the lines between my work day and my home life are far too often blurred beyond recognition. But I suspect with the advent of so many convenient technologies, the same is true for my sister, a lawyer who goes downtown to work, or my friend the pre-school teacher who can be found late at night preparing the next day’s crafts. It’s also true for the mom who reflexively multitasks, folding laundry in front of the television or meal planning at the stoplight on her way to the market. Our “briefcases” may hold different to do lists, but the burden of work that feels never-ending is a constant for all of us.

So today, as we re-embark on the journey to keep our “Casual Fridays” in perspective, I welcome your thoughts and comments on work, on vocation and on the topics you’d like to see discussed in this space. I wish you a blessed long weekend and a briefcase light as a feather!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Thank you, Lisa. I’m a working-outside-the-home mom, and really rely on the support of other moms… both in real life and forums such as! It’s helpful to know we’re all in this together, experiencing similar joys and STRUGGLES! I work Mon-Thurs in the office, which I love–and I stay home on Fridays–which I love too and relish a stay-at-home-mom type day. I look forward to your “Casual Fridays”

  2. Julie – thanks for chiming in. Honestly, it’s always my hope to build conversation here, not to do monologues. So your feedback is precious to me – are there specific topics you’d like to see discussed?

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