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This book was encouraged by Blessed Mother Teresa! Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote more than 20 letters to author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. She encouraged her to write, "Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers" to share with other mothers around the world! Many of Blessed Teresa's poignant and tender quotes are included in this unique prayer book. The inspirational prayers and quotations in this delightful, compact, 4-color prayer book will encourage and strengthen all mothers in their special vocation. Containing both original and traditional prayers and inspiration for mothers of all ages, "Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers" makes a lovely and appropriate gift for a mom of any age, including expectant mothers, as well as a baby shower or baptismal gift.

From the Author

I sincerely hope that my book, "Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers" will inspire mothers and help them realize the greatness and sublimity in their vocation as mother. A mother's time is really not her own. She is inundated with the care of her family. I hope my book will help assist mothers to keep their thoughts lifted towards Heaven even as their hands are occupied with motherly tasks. God bless You!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781592761616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592761616
  • ASIN: 1592761615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna-Marie is a wife, mother of five children, blogger, catechist, TV host, and sought after speaker who thoroughly enjoys her motherhood and considers it to be a sublime vocation. She feels passionate about inspiring and encouraging other mothers along their journeys through motherhood. Donna-Marie also writes about prayer, family issues, the Church, and the saints.

Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See to participate in an international congress for Catholic women at the Vatican in 2008 which focused on "Mulieris Dignitatm: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women."

Donna-Marie was blessed to know Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for about ten years.They met more than a dozen times and shared a correspondence that spanned a period of ten years. She became a Lay Missionary of Charity (lay part of her Religious Order) and founded a branch of the lay Order. Blessed Mother Teresa wrote the Foreword for Donna-Marie's book, "Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers-To-Be" (Crossroad Publishing, 2007). Blessed Mother Teresa endorsed Donna-Marie's books: "Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers" (Our Sunday Visitor, Oct. 2005) and "The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home" (Crossroad Publishing, 2006) as well, and encouraged Donna-Marie to write them and to continue to write other books as well to help mothers, women, and families. Donna-Marie feels she should pass on the blessings that she have received from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta to others and she strives to do so through her writing, talks, radio and television.

Because Donna-Marie loves to inspire mothers, she created two series for EWTN television "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms" and "Catholic Mom's Cafe" which she hosts. You can check that out on EWTN TV. Donna-Marie can't help but weave Mother Teresa's wisdom throughout her writings and talks. A DVD for Season One of Donna-Marie's EWTN series is available at EWTN and Donna-Marie's website. It contains the first 25 segments of the show. The second set of 25 segments will air soon and will be available on DVD. Some segments are now on You tube. The Catholic Mom's Cafe DVD is also available.

Donna-Marie has received Apostolic Blessings from Pope John Paul II who has blessed her books. You can see some of Donna-Marie's writing work on the Internet via parenting columns and inspirational writings. She maintains several blogs and writes for several magazines and national newspapers, as well including L'Osservatore Romano, Magnificat magazine, the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Catholic World Report, Integrated Catholic Life and more.

See a book trailer for Donna-Marie's "Embracing Motherhood" book here:

Autographed copies of Donna-Marie's books as well as her CD's and DVD's can be obtained through her website: Her other book titles (not mentioned above) include: "The Domestic Church: Room by Room: A Mother's Study Guide" (Servant Books) and "Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering" (Circle Press, Oct., 2008), "Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship" (Our Sunday Visitor Pub. Co.), "A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers" (Our Sunday Visitor, September, 2010), "Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa," (Ave Maria Press), "Bringing Lent Home with Saint Therese of Lisieux, (Ave Maria Press), "Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II," (Ave Maria Press), "Embracing Motherhood" which is in book form and audio on CD narrated by Donna-Marie (Servant Books), "Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women" (Ave Maria Press), Catholic Mom's Cafe: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year (Our Sunday Visitor), Angels For Kids (Paraclete Press), My Confirmation Book (Paraclete Press), Catholic Saints Prayer Book (Our Sunday Visitor), The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions, an upcoming new Lenten book, and her upcoming memoir, THE KISS OF JESUS (ignatius Press).

Check out her website: to learn more. Check out her many blogs which can be accessed through her website. Feel free to subscribe to Donna-Marie's email newsletter which you can do through her website or blogs. Retreats, events, and talks can be arranged by getting in touch with Donna-Marie through her website or writing to her at DMCOBoyle(at)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Hendey VINE VOICE on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A mother's daily list of "to do" items is seemingly endless, but there is one essential item that should top the others when a mother prioritizes her day: making time for prayer.

To this end, author and mother of five Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has given both a gift and a "secret weapon" to mothers of every age with her new Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (Our Sunday Visitor, September 2005, hardcover, 64 pages).

In our ever busier world, many mothers feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and at times separated from God. Cooper O'Boyle understands - and for this reason she took the time to write and compile a book for any woman looking to embrace and blossom in her role as "heart of the home". "Feeling compelled to help all mothers, drawing from my own spiritual experiences during my vocation of motherhood and spiritual lessons learned from Mother Teresa, I decided to write this book," shares Donna-Marie. She recognizes prayer both as a tool mothers need to embrace in order to have success and be fruitful in their vocation, and as a gift they will ultimately teach and pass along to their families.

Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers is diminutive enough in size to fit into a small handbag but superior enough in substance to change a mother's life. Every facet of the book, from its lovely design to its unique combination of both original and traditional prayer, combines to provide a book that is both inspirational and heartwarming.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Edmisten on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful little book is deceptively slim yet bursting with wisdom, original prayers, advice and the encouragement of one who knows.

Donna, a writer and mother of five, also seems to have peeked into my life. How does she know what a transforming vocation motherhood has been for me? In a reflection entitled "A Glimpse into the Future" she writes:

If a woman could get a glimpse at

What her world would be

When she becomes a mother,

She would be presented with the reality

That her innermost desires and life plans

would be altered or put on hold

because she would be inundated with the care of others.

If she was also allowed to glimpse the unending joy

she would receive as a mother,

There would be no pause to consider,

No hesitation, as she embraced the whole package,

Knowing in her heart that her children will become her life's desires.

And, in "The Rosary, One Decade at a Time" I see my life reflected: the ways in which our children change our prayer lives are to be celebrated, not bemoaned, and God understands when we do such things as say a halting Rosary and sprinkle bits of prayer throughout our days and our duties.

With quotations from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (who personally encouraged the author), John Paul the Great (who gave Donna his apostolic blessing), Scripture, and a variety of saints, this book is exactly the sort to keep by the bedside, on the prayer table, or in one's purse for the many times we, as mothers, need a boost, a bit of solace or an inspirational lift.

Finally, the book itself is lovely, with pages of pastels and florals that are calming and beautiful.

Donna Cooper O'Boyle speaks straight to a mother's heart, as she embraces her fellow moms with her uplifting and hopeful message of the salvific beauty of our vocation.
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Format: Hardcover
Motherhood is Donna Cooper O'Boyle's métier: her five children range in age from 4 to 28, with four of them still living at home. It's a vocation the Ridgefield native has written about often for Catholic publications.

Recently, O'Boyle began a new chapter in her writing career with the publication of Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, a compact 64- page book filled with original and traditional Catholic prayer interspersed with quotes from the saints, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Pope John Paul II.

The seventh of eight children in Cooper clan of Ridgefield, O'Boyle began expressing her talents while in junior high school. "I'd go on retreats where I did a lot of reflections on life - deep philosophical and spiritual," she recalls. "I'd write them down and draw a picture to go along with them. I loved expressing myself through art."

Married young and a mother by the age of 21, O'Boyle spent what little time she had for writing on opinion pieces covering pro-life and motherhood issues. It was during this time that she met Mother Teresa for the first time. Over a decade of visits and correspondence, the nun became a major influence on the author's life. Her nuggets of wisdom ("The child is the beauty of God present in the world, the greatest gift to the family") are sprinkled liberally throughout the book, which received the apostolic blessing of Pope John Paul II.

Survival by Prayer

O'Boyle contends that prayer is necessary for the survival of the family and advocates the mother's role in teaching her children the power of prayer in the heart of the home. She also encourages women to carve out spiritual time for themselves - not always an easy task given the busy lives they lead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TMTJ on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With several situations that were on my plate and being the holiday season with all the hussle and bussle. I decided to take time out of my hectic schedule to visit the blessed sacrament at my local Adoration chapel. I brought along Mom's prayer book by Donna Cooper-Boyle as I thumbed through the inspirational quotes and prayers I found such peace that only is found I believe in Heaven. My situations were lightened as I read thru the pages of this beautiful book. The quotes from Mother Teresa made me see how being a mother is such a gift and also such a responsiblity in being the foundation of the family. Thank you Donna for bringing this beautiful book to me and inspiring me to continue to shape the existance of my family.
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