We're reflecting on the first sorrowful mystery of the rosary today as part of our celebration of the launch of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy.

I hate viewing pregnancy as an agony, especially when I know so very many women and men who would embrace a pregnancy, who long for children, who have a hunger within them that, quite frankly, I seem to lack. And yet, when I look at Jesus kneeling in Gethsemene, I find solace. I find acceptance. I find that the crosses we are given are ours to carry, to bring us closer to Him.

Our host today is Dianna Kennedy at The Kennedy Adventures. You'll find my reflection on the Agony in the Garden there, as well as the prayers.

I hope you'll join us today--and each day of the tour--while we pray together for all of our intentions. I have a special set of intentions that I'm carrying with me as I pray this, and I will remember each of yours as well.

Don't forget that you can enter to win a Nook tablet as we pray and help us celebrate the launch of the latest title in the CatholicMom.com book line. You can enter once a day during from now until October 28.