Picturing Dad

Cubs Game

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. . . . → Read More: Picturing Dad

Hospice, St. Joseph, and Happy Deaths

Hospice Remembrance Hand Mold

In honor of National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, a note of gratitude to hospice professionals for their role in shepherding terminally ill patients from this life into the next. . . . → Read More: Hospice, St. Joseph, and Happy Deaths

The Importance of Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Mourning the Loss of a Child

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. . . . → Read More: The Importance of Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Healing After Perinatal Loss: How Can You Help?

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 reach out to those suffering around us, because we simply don’t know how to help.

Mercy Perinatal Hospice Nurse and Bereavement Coordinator Ann Valdez will present How Can You Help? on April 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall at St. Augustin Church. In this talk, Ann will discuss practical guidelines for helping . . . → Read More: Healing After Perinatal Loss: How Can You Help?

A Gentle Place to Fall: Healing After Perinatal Loss

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 of many good resources right here in the Des Moines metro area.

Mercy Perinatal Hospice Nurse and Bereavement Coordinator Ann Valdez will present A Gentle Place to Fall on January 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the St. Clare room at St. Francis of Assisi Church. In this talk, Ann will discuss healing resources for individuals and families both in and . . . → Read More: A Gentle Place to Fall: Healing After Perinatal Loss

Project Rachel

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 the bishops are discussing, the staff at the USCCB is doing a terrific job of pushing out information via tweets, live streaming and news updates on their website, and status updates on Facebook.

This morning Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Prolife Activities, addressed his fellow Bishops . . . → Read More: Project Rachel

Love is Greater than Fear

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 love greater than the fear of torture and humiliation; a love greater than the fear of death.

Our patience was/is much less than the patience of Christ’s followers. We know what we are waiting for, Christ’s followers did not, and yet we struggle to wait through the 40 days of Lent.

Christ’s followers had waited . . . → Read More: Love is Greater than Fear

Lori’s Bonfire

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 Eoriatti

Lori lived an amazing life, or perhaps it is better to say Lori lived life amazingly well. Finding joy in the moment, laughing as loudly and as often as possible, befriending everyone and anyone…that was Lori.    Beautiful inside and out Lori could strap on a pair of heels and paint the town red or pull on some work boots and stomp through the horse . . . → Read More: Lori’s Bonfire

The Holy Paradox

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 Sunday, just as He did nearly 2000 years, Jesus hung on a cross, flipped our notion of what it means to be a king on its head, and destroyed death itself by dying.

Statue of David by Nicolas Cordier, in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.

A King Like David. Perhaps the greatest . . . → Read More: The Holy Paradox

Happily Ever After

November 7, 2010: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The “afterlife” is an interesting topic. Bring it up with enough people and you will get responses ranging from reincarnation to rapture and everything in between, including nothing at all. What do you believe? This was the subject of the past Sunday’s readings.

The coffin of a victim is carried past Our Lady of Salvation Church the morning after its congregation was taken hostage in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces stormed the Baghdad church where the militants had killed dozens of people, including a priest. (Hadi Mizban / . . . → Read More: Happily Ever After