I recently had a bad spell at work after finding out a coworker was pregnant. Having to compose myself and get back to work was hard, but after some deep breaths and prayer, I was able to continue working. The process of grief is also one that we at times feel should be easier. For example, I still miss my father more than 10 years after his passing, but yet with infertility I am less patient with myself and I wish I did not get so upset when I hear of someone else’s good fortune.
I read a book by Peter van Breemen S.J., The God Who Won’t Let Go, that talked about Mary Magdalene visiting the tomb of Jesus and her grief at the Lord’s death (John 20). She was so engulfed in her own grief that she did not even recognize Jesus when he spoke to her. There are so many moments during this journey when the pain has been so great that I, too, have failed to recognize Jesus.
Mary Magdalene chose to turn toward her faith community in her grief instead of retreating from the world and isolating herself. This is a wonderful example of how we need to turn to those people and things that give us strength so we can face the situations that defy our understanding.
The Embrace Ministry of the Archdiocese of Atlanta is sponsoring an Infertility Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 3400 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30022 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Topics will include Treatment Options for Catholics, Barrenness, Child-Bearing, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Roman Catholic Tradition, Infertility’s Effects on Marriage, and Bearing the Cross of Infertility.
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Register at: http://www.embracefamilies.com/events
Please join us for this blessed event! Click below for an event flyer with more information:
Yesterday, we had the privilege of “meeting” two Catholic infertility bloggers: one via Skype and one in person. Earlier in the afternoon, we Skyped with the incredible E of A Martha Trying to Be a Mary in Mexico and the results of that conversation were truly amazing. Turns out we have a shared interest in creating more Spanish language infertility resources and thanks to the incredible work of the Holy Spirit, it looks like that will be coming to fruition soon! She summarizes the details best here. We’d love it if you could please keep this intention in your prayers. And yes, God willing, we will be translating our blog into Spanish very soon!
In the evening, we were blessed to be able to have dinner with Chasing Joy and her family. It was so great to have been able to break bread together and meet them while they were in town. They are so sweet and, as long as we didn’t scare them away, we hope it will be just the first of many in-person gatherings with them whenever they return to Miami.
But… it looks like we’ll be the ones doing the “visiting” soon. We’ll reveal the details of what we mean by this soon but let’s just say that we’ll be making a few stops along the way, and the aforementioned lovely ladies will be just two of our hosts. Stay tuned…
All are welcome to attend the Archdiocese of Miami’s first Mass of Hope and Encouragement for Those Touched by Infertility on Thursday, April 19 at 7:45 PM at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 5400 SW 102 Ave., Miami, FL 33165.
This archdiocesan Mass of prayer and intercession will be offered for couples struggling with the cross of infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy-related difficulties. All are invited to show your prayerful support. After the Mass, there will be a light reception with Catholic infertility-related resources at the parish’s McDermott Hall West. The Mass is being co-sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Please download these flyers below in English and Spanish and help spread the word!
Ave Maria Press is hosting us for a free webinar on Thurs., March 29 from 3-4 p.m. entitled, “Infertility: Spiritual Care and Practical Support for Catholic Couples.” We will be talking about how parishes and dioceses can best support couples bearing this cross. Will you join us? Please click here to sign up: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/808577385