Mary and the Gift of Life after Miscarriage

Mary and the Gift of Life after Miscarriage

My husband and I have always taken our marriage vows seriously, including the vow to accept children from the Lord.  We practiced Natural Family Planning, and getting pregnant was never a struggle with our first three children. In fact, it seemed that as soon as we mentioned having a baby, I’d be pregnant.

After my third was two years old, I started to desire having another child, but I feared how hard it might be having a larger family.  I read the book Walking with Purpose by Lisa Brenninkmeyer in the fall of 2014 and felt a peace in just letting go and trusting the Lord.  If He willed us to have more children, it would be a great blessing.

Soon thereafter I was pregnant with my fourth child.  This child, however, was lost through an early miscarriage.  This was such a devastating time for me. It was a heartbreaking loss, something I didn’t expect to happen, but who expects such a tragedy to occur?  I felt empty and lost, and I was missing a child that I had already begun to love.

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Ordinary and Chosen

Ordinary and Chosen

Have you ever had one of those moments where a priest gives a homily, or a speaker delivers a talk, and you feel like the speaker is talking directly to you? I attended a conference last year where Christine Simpson spoke, and something she said spoke to my heart—no, it penetrated my soul. 

Ordinary—she spoke about being ordinary.

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Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Prior to dying on the cross, Jesus gave Mary to us to be our Heavenly Mother: 

"Woman, behold, your son... Behold, your mother." (John 19: 26-27 NAB)  

This means her mission and desire are to get each of us closer to her Son—and ultimately to Heaven.  In True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort said that Mary is "the surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means" to becoming a saint.  This doesn't only apply to us adults, but also to our children.

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