“How do you know your dad is in Heaven?” That was the pointed question that helped me understand how praying for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Today the Church observes the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). In its honor, here’s the rest of the story behind that question.
July 31 is one of those days. If he were still here on earth, my dad would celebrate his 62nd birthday today. Many life experiences have been celebrated since his death — more babies, his grandchildren, have been born and welcomed into our extended family; deaths and burials of other family members; job changes; marriages; new home purchases; a few winters, springs, summers, and falls. The extraordinary and the ordinary. And the Chicago Cubs still suck.
Holy Mother Church has a duty to be there with comfort, mercy, healing, and hope every time a member of her flock suffers the loss of one of our Holy Innocents. Does your diocese or parish offer a healing Mass for those who have suffered perinatal loss (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infant death)? We walk through why it’s important to grieve the loss of a pregnancy.
Do you know someone who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or ectopic pregnancy? Many of our lives, either directly or indirectly, have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or other such perinatal loss. As with any death, the need for healing in these situations is great. However, many of us fail to … [Read more…]
Have you experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or ectopic pregnancy? Many of our lives, either directly or indirectly, have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or other such perinatal loss. As with any death, the need for healing in these situations is great. However, most people don’t know where to turn, despite the availability … [Read more…]
Cardinal DiNardo Pledges Continued Support for Those Suffering from Post-Abortion Loss The General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets this week, November 14 – 16. It is one of two annual meetings for the bishops to gather together and meet as a full body. For those interested in learning more about what … [Read more…]
And they waited. And we waited. And we are rewarded. We are rewarded by a love that conquers our fears, a love that achieves our hopes, a love given to us by His grace because we believe. And all because one man, Jesus, had a love for us greater than the fear of suffering; a … [Read more…]
My sister-in-law, Lori Eoriatti, passed away in January of this year. Lori suffered from aplasitc anemia and was only 38 years old at the time of her death. Written with a grateful heart, today’s entry is dedicated and inspired by Lori. Lori lived an amazing life, or perhaps it is better to say Lori lived … [Read more…]
November 21, 2010: The Solemnity of Christ the King Jesus is a shock to the senses. One doesn’t have to read the gospels long to find Him challenging existing authorities, breaking social norms, and generally turning convention upside down. The last shall be first; one must lose his life to save it; etc. This past … [Read more…]