Thursday, October 15, 2009

St. Teresa of Avila, Suffering, and Being Blessed

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila. A great doctor of the church and no stranger to suffering and persevering.

Yesterday I printed off these paper dolls for Snuggle Bug and Honeybee to play with. To my surprise Buck wanted to play with them too. So, first thing this morning I came to the computer to find a priest for him to be. .

It reminds me of how he is such an answer to prayer. Our third pregnancy ended with a D&C. I can't call it a miscarriage because I wasn't having any problems until I went in for my 13 week check up. The doctor could not hear the heartbeat so he sent me over for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed there was no heartbeat. Needless to say I was devastated. In hindsight, I can see how God was using this experience to refine me. I can actually say I am thankful for it. However, at the time I wasn't. Can you believe I stopped going to Mass? My honey was so patient with me. He continued to go to Mass and prayed for me. We didn't want to chance going through that again so we weren't open to more children.

I was such a different person back then. God used this trial to bring me closer to Him. After a few months we started attending a new parish, our current one. We have been so blessed there and have grown so much stronger in our faith. I started turning away from worldly things and making more room for Christ in my life. The veil was lifted from our eyes and we realized what a mistake we were making not being open to life.

The House Cat and Snuggle Bug were so much smaller then. They enjoyed playing Mass. They had a problem though - they needed a priest. They began to pray for a baby brother.

God answered their prayers and sent us a little lad. He has filled my heart with such joy. We look at him and Honeybee and can't imagine life without them.

We are so thankful they do have a brother to play Mass with them now.

And maybe even a future priest?


Michelle Smith said...

Lori, I love the picture of Buck playing priest!! Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Thanks Michelle. I was just thinking of you today. Hope ya'll are all well. Also hope to see everyone at the All Saints Day Party. Love, Lori

Michele said...

I just happened upon your blog when I did a search for Catholic hs'ers in Alabama. Our daughter entered heaven 2 yrs ago tomorrow (died at 37 wks), so your post spoke to me. I too am in a better place because of the suffering and grief I experienced with the death of my baby girl, despite the pain I still feel. May God Bless you and your family! Who knows, maybe your son will become a "real" priest someday! :*)

Lori said...

Hi Michele. My heart breaks for your loss. Yet, I know that God's plan is perfect and He knows so much more than we do. Your little boy is precious! I wonder how close we are to one another. My email is if you'd like to email me. God Bless you, Lori

Michele said...

The picture in my blog is way outdated, LOL. He's now 3 yrs old (how time flies!) and has an 8 mos baby sister - we are very blessed! I will email you to see if we happen to be neighbors. :)

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