Who I Am
My name is Sammy Bock, and I’m a Catholic wife and mom. We live in the Midwest — or “the best west,” as my husband likes to call it — in a blue house with big blue spruces in the backyard.
I’m a homebody through-and-through; there’s nothing I love more than settling in for a quiet weekend at home with my husband and children. (I work full-time in marketing, and I even do that almost exclusively from home, just to prove my point.)
I was raised Catholic and have been with the Church for my whole life, although I really began to embrace and learn about the faith in my late teens and early twenties. The Catholic faith is, in many ways, the song of my soul. It is the center of who I am in my vocation as a wife and mother.
What Wellspring Means to Me
My devotion to faith and family is why I’m building this blog. Writing is my favorite outlet. I’m super introverted, so having the space and privacy to write out my thoughts — and still connect with others on them — is cathartic for me. And I just love to talk about my beautiful children, hilarious husband, and dazzling Church.
This blog is called Wellspring for Proverbs 4:23. Translations differ, but the sentiment remains: life flows from the heart — physically and emotionally. It must be well-guarded and celebrated. “Faith in love,” to me, means keeping love and faith closely tied in the heart and in the family. That is how I seek to mother my children, connect with my husband, and witness to my neighbors.
I firmly believe that change begins in the home. Goodness takes root in the family. And I hope that I play a humble part in making my husband, my children, and my proverbial brothers and sisters into saints someday.
Though prayer is a fundamental part of how we connect with God, it’s sometimes hard to find the right words. Of course, He needs no real words from us — He knows our hearts, after all. But these are some of the prayers which comfort me and guide me in this life.
Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others. Other people will glorify You by making visible the power of Your grace by their fidelity and constancy to You. For my part I will glorify You by making known how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless and that no sinner, no matter how great his offences, should have reason to despair of pardon. If I have grievously offended You, My Redeemer, let me not offend You even more by thinking that You are not kind enough to pardon me. Amen. – Saint Claude de la Colombiere
I pray You, sweetest Infant, in the name of Your Blessed Mother Mary who cared for You with such tenderness and by the great reverence with which St. Joseph carried You in his arms, comfort me and make me happy that I may bless and thank You forever from all my heart. Amen.
Divine Child Jesus,
In my difficulties: help me
From the enemies of my soul: save me
In my errors: enlighten me
In my doubts and pains: comfort me
In my solitudes: be with me
In my diseases: invigorate me
When others despise me: encourage me
In temptations: defend me
In difficult hours: strengthen me
With your maternal heart: love me
With your immense power: protect me
And, into your arms, when I die: receive me