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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Prayer Journal: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer Journal: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

I bless myself, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  I recite the Apostles’ Creed, declaring my beliefs.  I begin my journey into Jesus’ passion. 

The 1st Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . and I see myself in the garden.  The night is cool on my skin and only the light of the moon allows me to see Him.  He is on his hands and knees suffering and praying.  My heart breaks, and I find myself before Him. 

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