fertility

Sarah’s Hope & Abraham’s Promise

When we attended the Future Full of Hope prayer service at the Diocese of Austin, we were privileged to meet the organizers of the Sarah’s Hope and Abraham’s Promise infertility and miscarriage support groups. They also hold occasional couples’ retreats with healing Masses – one is coming this Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Austin, TX. If you’re unable to attend, please keep those in attendance in your prayers. Here is a flyer you can download with more information on the retreat:

Sarah’s Hope flyer

 

CatholicTV interview

 

We were blessed to have the opportunity to visit the CatholicTV studios in early July to be interviewed on This is the Day about the Church’s teachings on infertility.  You can watch our interview here:

 

 

Rituals

April 19, 2012I read in Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope that “rituals seek change, not of God, but of us…The participants expect, and hope, to be different after a successful ritual than they were before…The ritual’s fundamental purpose is to escort the participants across a threshold, from where they are to where they need to go.”

We recently helped organize our first diocesan Mass of hope and encouragement for those experiencing infertility or miscarriage.  We did not know who or how many people would come.  Being at the Mass and seeing people there taking comfort in our ultimate Catholic ritual – the blessing of the Holy Mass – made me think back to this quote and the truth behind it. 

The quote I cite above comes from a Jewish book on infertility, so the Mass is not something that is mentioned or even thought of, but it resonated with me.

April 19, 2012We organized the Mass with the hope that this ritual would help people see the beauty in what God is doing in their lives amidst their pain.  There were pregnant women who came to the Mass, as well as those who longed for a child, people who had long ago suffered infertility and those walking the road right now.  There were people who participated that were not infertile but simply went to support a friend or loved one who has experienced this emptiness. 

The ritual of the Mass united us all.  There we all were, praying, receiving, offering – we crossed a threshold to a place of hope, and united our cross to Christ’s.