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9. Anne Anne was the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For a long time she and her husband Joachim had trouble conceiving, an experience that anyone who has shared it knows can cause great sorrow and heartache. For this reason, Anne is a good saint for a woman who longs to be a mother but hasn’t yet had the opportunity, or who is dealing with infertility. God eventually blessed Anne with a daughter, and she doted on her and loved her with all the tenderness she could. She is often depicted in artwork in domestic bliss with Mary on her lap while she reads to her. No doubt Mary’s humble “yes” to herself becoming the Mother of God was prepared for by this wonderful mother of her own. And just think who Anne got to grandmother! Her best parenting tip: Grandmothers are important, too!

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