Blogging Catholic moms share faith

WASHINGTON

One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his resurrection.

Now, another special group of women — Catholic moms who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Catholic Church and the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life — can be considered among Christ's newest evangelizers or "digital disciples."

"Part of our vocation as mothers is to be within our home and do our work with love, and (as Catholic bloggers) we can also do work that draws people closer to Christ and his church," said Lisa Hendey, a Catholic wife and mom blogger from Fresno, Calif.

In between carpool, dinner and homework duties, a growing number of Catholic moms have turned to blogging as a newfound outlet to enrich their own Catholic faith, as well as the faith journeys of their regular readers, with whom they form a sort of spiritual camaraderie.

"We try to be supportive to parents in the trenches of the domestic church," said Hendey, a mom of two sons ages 18 and 21. She also is the author of "A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms" and "The Handbook for Catholic Moms."

The following is a list of some popular blogs written by or for Catholic mothers:
-- Lisa Hendey's "Catholic Mom" features 150 contributors, writing on all aspects of the Catholic faith and in accordance with church teaching: www.catholicmom.com.

-- Mary DeTurris Poust's "Not Strictly Spiritual" chronicles her Catholic faith, family life and other topics: www.notstrictlyspiritual.com.

-- Rebecca Teti's "Coffee Talk" at the Catholic Digest online can be found under recent blog posts and is an open forum for readers to discuss family, education, marriage, natural family planning, parenting and other related issues: www.catholicdigest.com.

-- Jessica McFadden's "A Parent in Silver Spring" is a local Maryland resource guide to family-friendly activities: aparentinsilverspring.com. A similar resource can be found at her blog "A Parent in America": www.aparentinamerica.com.

-- Katrina Fernandez's "The Crescat" is a blog about life as a faithful Catholic and a single mom: www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat/about.

Catholic News Service - June 5, 2013