3 Things I Took Away from the Mothering with Grace Conference

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"3 things I took away from the Mothering with Grace Conference" by Kaitlyn Mason (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Kaitlyn Mason. All rights reserved.

A couple of years ago, I was a new mother, pregnant with our second child, in a new city. Fortunately, we quickly plugged in at a wonderful parish that we still call home, and I was able to connect with a lovely group of women in a group called Mothering with Grace.

If you aren’t familiar with Mothering with Grace, they are a Catholic apostolate seeking to inspire and encourage women on their mothering journey through conversation and fellowship centered around Mary and virtue.

They offer a beautiful format for monthly meetings. Learn more about them, including how to contact them about starting a Mothering with Grace group in your area.

A few months back, I had the privilege of attending the Mothering with Grace Conference in Charlotte, NC.

This event was held at St. Ann’s Parish, a gorgeous church in a quaint part of town, with rich murals and beautiful statues surrounding the sanctuary.  In fact, it was featured in the 101 Places to Pray Before You Die book from Franciscan Media, so I guess I can check one place off that list!

At this large event, many mothers came together to share with one another, to listen to inspiring talks, and to pray together at Benediction, Adoration, and Mass.

Here are 3 wonderful things I took away from the conference:

1. My day started very early in the morning with an optional Pietra Fitness class that was offered with admission. Optional free class? I was in! Pietra Fitness is not Catholic yoga. Instead, “to nourish the soul, Pietra Fitness incorporates prayer and meditation in the Catholic tradition.” Each class begins and ends with the sign of the cross and focuses on bodily prayer to strengthen mind, body, and soul. As Catholics, we must be cautious about using our bodies that are temples in God-honoring ways, and we need to realize that yoga is based in Hinduism. Pietra Fitness is “guided by St. Paul’s exhortation to focus on that which is true, honorable, just, and pure (Phil. 4:8).” Find a Pietra Fitness class near you, or purchase one of their workout/meditation DVDs! A pregnancy edition is coming soon!

2.  Fr. Matthew Kauth is a fantastic priest in the Charlotte area, and he said something at this conference that I will never forget. He said that as mothers, we cannot hold our children back from their own Cross. What did Mary do? She stood at the foot of the Cross. She walked with her Son on His journey. She did not try to hold Him back from what God the Father was calling Him to suffer and endure. As mothers, we want to kiss the boo boos, we want to take away the pain, we want to hold our children from peril and suffering. Yet, ultimately, we must not keep them from their own trials, from their own Cross.

3.  Speaker, author, and fellow CatholicMom.com writer Sonja Corbitt gave talks throughout the day. She encouraged us to L-O-V-E the word. As we read Scripture, let us first listen to God (L), observe what He is saying to us (O), verbalize what He says back to Him (V), and then entrust everything to God (E). This can be done through a journal entry, or even just through mental prayer. What a beautiful way for us to grow closer to God through Scripture, and what a fantastic tool to teach our children! Let us encourage them also to L-O-V-E the Word of God!

Thank you to Mothering with Grace and CatholicMom.com, a conference sponsor, for the opportunity to share this beautiful day with you!


Copyright 2018 Kaitlyn Mason

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Kaitlyn Clare Elizabeth Mason is a Catholic wife and mother to 4 children. She is on a mission to share Divine Mercy with the world as quickly as possible.  Writer, dreamer, non-caffeinated hot beverage drinker, urban homesteader in training, and co-director of Mary Garden Showers, Kaitlyn is currently working on her first book and planning the second. Follow her writings online at Simply Divine Mercy.

6 Comments

  1. Kaitlyn, Thank you for sharing about your conference. The church sounded beautiful. I especially loved your learning point #2 because I have heard that concept briefly before but it is one where it is so hard, so I appreciate reminders to think about it. We can learn so much from Mary’s example.

    • Absolutely, no one wants to see their child suffer. I think the best thing we can do is teach our children how to suffer with Christ and for Christ, and why that matters. The other day I was really sick, and my 4 year old brought me a crucifix to hold. “Here, Mommy,” she said, “I thought you were feelin’ pretty bad so you might want to hold this and look at it for awhile.” I think she’s teaching me! God speaks through children all the time, doesn’t He? God bless you, Amanda! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. This conference sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us! Pietra fitness sounds really interesting, wishing it was in CA. And Father’s take on suffering is so important to hear over and over, I’m always wishing I could keep suffering away from my kids. I really appreciate you introducing the retreat to us!

    • Oh, that’s too bad it isn’t there yet! But… they train instructors, so if you know anyone who might be interested, let them know about Pietra Fitness! Maybe they’ll become a trainer and get it started for you. I can’t make it to the class times for our local class, so I’ve got the Level 2 DVD for now. Take good care, Courtney!

  3. This is so well written, thank you for sharing your take-aways from the conference! I attended the conference as well, and Fr. Kauth’s words hit home for me, too…about how the Blessed Mother didn’t block the entrance to Calvary for her Son, but she heroically stood with Him through His suffering. That’s so hard for me to do, and not do. Reading your article also reminds me to use the free Pietra Fitness class pass from the swag bag!! Looking forward to the 2018 conference 🙂 Thanks, Kaitlyn!

    • I’m also looking forward to next year’s conference! Every mom deserves a nice day to relax and be filled with the Holy Spirit – at least once a year, right?? Thanks for stopping by!

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