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Below is an article from the USCCB web site.
Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility
We often assume parenthood happens easily after “I do,” but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. Still others experience secondary infertility: after giving birth to one or more children, they are unable to have another.
The pain can become overwhelming. Social media posts of pregnancies, baby announcements, or pictures of newborns may intensify feelings of being alone in the ache for a child. Attending baby showers and being around children or pregnant women can be excruciating.
If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and his Church desires to walk with you. The following suggestions may be helpful to you on this journey. Continue with this article at the USCCB site here.
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This is the beginning of an article I found at Integrity Starts Here.
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Below is an article about domestic violence. I found it on the USCCB website.
Thank you for praying with me.
Today is Day four of the 9 Days For Life Novena. Today’s intention is below. Click the image and you will be taken to Day 4 on the USCCB website.
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I hope that you are praying this novena along with me. When we pray together, our prayers are more powerful. Below is the beginning of an article I found on the USCCB website which is addresses this issue.
Life Matters: To The End Of Our Days
Some of our most challenging moral decisions come in the final months and even hours of life, as we navigate the complex issues of nurturing life and respecting the dignity of the human person.
“True ‘compassion’ leads to sharing another’s pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.” – The Gospel of Life, no. 65
Advances in medical science have made it possible to extend life, even for those with incurable illnesses. In times past, many of these conditions would have resulted in death much sooner.
How we deal with persons in the last stages of life, when they may be completely dependent on others, says a great deal about the kind of society we live in and the kind of persons we are.
We owe to those who are dying or severely impaired the same respect and love we give to anyone else, regardless of condition. And as a Church we must be particularly committed to defending the rights of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, just as we are for the unborn and for those challenged by disabilities.
Click here to go to the USCCB website to finish reading this article.
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Below is an article I found at desiringGod written on September 13, 2011 by John Knight a guest contributor. I thought that it was especially pertinent today.
Children Are a Blessing from God — All Children by John Knight
Burdensome. Sad. Relentless. Hopeless.
These words are attached to disability. And often they are used to “justify” aborting babies with disabilities.
The perceived low quality of life of the child and the unknown-but-assumed hardships that would be placed on the rest of the family are frequently written and talked about. For example:
Many studies show the vast majority of patients abort fetuses after prenatal tests reveal genetic conditions like Down syndrome that are not life-threatening. What drives that decision is not just concern over the quality of life for the future child but also the emotional, financial or social difficulty for parents of having a child with extra needs. (Ruth Padawer, The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy, The New York Times Magazine, August 10, 2011)
A High Privilege
Yet, when I read statements like that to my wife, she responds very differently: “It is the highest privilege of my life to be the mother of our disabled son.”
She carries the greater weight of care for our son, and after 16 years she has no romantic notions about what living with disability is like. Nor is she putting on a show — she really loves and enjoys our boy (as do I).
Yes, there is joy involved in parenting a severely disabled child. But we also don’t want to reduce the value of his life to mere sentiment. It is possible for people to affirm that he is a joy to our family, but personally not want to take the risk.
Children Are a Blessing from God
Our culture’s strange ‘ownership’ of the unborn child grants parents the ability to rid themselves of the burden (which seems all too real and overwhelming) even if they underestimate the potential for joy (which doesn’t seem possible in that moment). So the answer is not merely in pointing out the joy, but reminding everyone that children — all children — are a blessing from God.
Because God is both sovereign and good, we can rest in the full confidence of his character and promises as we parent our children, no matter how they come. Disability is frequently hard, but God does not abandon us. And not only are we not alone, but God has promised to supply every need (Philippians 4:19). His plan is to benefit us (Jeremiah 29:11). He will comfort us (Psalm 71:20-21). Jesus himself has sent the Helper (John 14:16-17). The Church will encourage us (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
So, ‘as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing’ (2 Corinthians 6:10), my wife can authentically say with tens of thousands of others in similar circumstances that God has granted and sustains the honor and joy of mothering this boy God has placed in our family.
Let us make sure that side of the story gets told as well.
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I cannot believe that it’s almost Christmas and I have not posted here since July. To say things have been interesting in my life is an understatement. We visited my son in August. Three days after we arrived I proceeded to fall on the wet kitchen floor and broke my shoulder. OUCH!!! I wound up being stuck in Florida for five weeks. We tried to come home after three, but the pain was too much so we headed over to our friends home near Orlando. We spent the rest of the time there. I was truly blessed I didn’t need surgery. It was quite a significant fracture, but non displaced.
When we got back to North Carolina, I began six weeks of physical therapy. Again OUCH!!! But no pain no gain right? I have regained all of my range of motion, but am still exercising to gain strength.
Needless to say this has put me wayyyyyy behind for the holidays.
We will be going to see our grandchildren on Christmas Day. My daughter doesn’t take them visiting on Christmas so that they can enjoy being at home. She normally has open house for family and close friends. That’s what we did for our children. We always went to Midnight Mass and on Christmas our parents visited us. It was a nice tradition and my children have adopted it.
I am participating in the Christmas Novena that is being provided by Pray More Novenas. This is a site that sends you reminder notices so that you don’t forget to pray on each of the 9 days. It is a wonderful ministry John-Paul and Annie provide. Sign up for reminders is easy and once you have signed up you don’t have to do it again. I highly recommend Pray More Novenas