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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Maria Riley

Maria Riley is a passionate Catholic author and speaker who loves volunteering or playing board games when she’s not writing or mom-ing around with her four daughters. Her Catholic children’s chapter book series, Adventures with the Saints, has won awards and is endorsed by her bishop. Maria and her family live in Kansas. Visit her at or on social media @mariarileyauthor.

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Ave Maria Press  |  Catholic Family Fun  |  Glorious Mysteries  |  pray the rosary

Our Family's Week with the Glorious Mysteries

I have mixed emotions about praying the Rosary with my family. As children growing up in a Catholic home, we were “forced” to pray the Rosary, and I always dreaded it. The Rosary seemed to last forever, and there were a million other things I would have rather been doing. Because of this, my prayer time was never fruitful. I recited words, but never actually prayed. Today, rarely does a day go by that I don’t pray at least one decade of the Rosary. If I happen to be having a particularly sleepless night, I can get through more than one Rosary easily. My love and devotion to Mary have grown into an integral part of my faith, and I love having her as my spiritual mother.

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Strengthening family unity  |  Why pray?

Finding Pockets of Time to Pray

Maria Riley describes how she has learned to turn tiny pockets of time over to God. When I run into other moms at church, in the neighborhood, or the grocery store, I find that I am having the same conversation over and over. I say, “Hi! How are you?” and she replies, “Busy!”

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