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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 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
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.
A King Like David. Perhaps the greatest . . . → Read More: The Holy Paradox
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.
September 26, 2010: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Preferential Option for the Poor is a basic principle of Catholic social teaching. It essentially underscores that we are our brother’s keeper, especially where it concerns the most vulnerable among us including unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression. This responsibility is the focus of this past Sunday’s readings, especially Jesus’ message to the Pharisees (and us) in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus.
Is material wealth a sin? In short, no. However, what we do with our prosperity matters greatly. The second reading about “pursuing righteousness” is taken from . . . → Read More: Our Brother’s Keeper
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