“Mommy Life” blogger and author Barbara Curtis suffered a serious stroke earier today, and the prognosis is not good. Barbara and her husband Tripp are the parents of 12 extraordinary children … who need our prayers.
Elizabeth Foss started a donation site for the Curtis family, in particular for tuition assistance for their daughter. If you would like to help, head on over to her site. Please say a rosary for this dear sister in Christ, for the Lord to be especially close to them all.
Lord, we cannot see the road ahead, but we trust in your abundant graces.
When we are weary, strengthen us,
When we are frightened, calm us
When we are sorrowing, comfort us.
And when we are ready, bring us home in your mighty arms.
Our Lady, Queen of Sorrows, pray for us,
now and in the hour of our death.
This morning when I logged on to the computer (it’s been “sick” for a few days now, poor thing), I had a comment on my “Mommy Monsters” blog that I felt deserved a special response. Because “Mommy Monsters” is officially inactive, I wanted to alert my readers to the fact that the post was there in case you wanted to check it out.
In the adoption community, emotions tend to run high, and because of that misunderstandings can occur. It saddens me that something I wrote may have added to the burden this young woman is carrying, and my heart goes out to her. She certainly sounds like she’s trying to do the best thing for her son, no matter how much it costs her personally. How can you NOT admire someone like that?
We are all the product of the choices we make in life, for better or worse. What makes it hard is that we can’t always see ALL the consequences of our actions in the moment that we make those choices. That’s true for all of us.
The choices pregant women make are especially important, because they hold the well-being of at least TWO individuals in their hands. Please join me in praying for Erin, and for the choices she is facing at this moment for herself and her son.
I came across the EMN as I have been aimlessly wandering around the web in need of prayers. Please add me and my children to your prayers-this family is in crisis and the outcome could be devistating for all of my children -bio and foster. We have suffered an incredable amount of grief and loss over the last few months. I do try to understand that suffering and sacrifice are the very moments you must rely on yor faith-but I feel like we have not even been able to come up for air. Please pray for this family to overcome our pain and return to our peaceful and loving place.
Dear Buttercup: Thanks for writing. The beautiful thing about the Body of Christ is that when we feel too weak to hold on … there are always others surrounding us (visible and invisible members of the family), holding us up before the throne of grace. God has not forgotten you. And we won’t either!
I’ve added your name to the monthly prayer list. Please write back again and let me know how you are doing. For now, please accept this prayer:
Heavenly Father, you know every bump in the road. You know how our feet ache, our hands shake, our minds churn, and our hearts break. Please be with my friend today, and give her a sign of your forever love. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!
Today I received the following from Cheryl Dickow (Bezalel Books) about a mutual friend, Kathryn Mulderink. Please pray for grace on this family:
On their way up from Chicago this morning, my sister and her 4 children were in a serious accident. My sister, Anne Lorang, is in the ICU in Benton Harbor with closed head trauma. My 17 year old niece, Aimee, was killed. The other children (who are like my own!) are staying with us for now, while her husband, Tom, remains with Anne.
My sister is not yet coherent enough to communicate, so she still does not know that her daughter did not survive. My own children are struggling very much with this news. I ask your prayers for our family during this very difficult time.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us, now and at the hour of death.
Today I received word that Ronald Asmus (the father of a friend from my days at Bethany) has been hospitalized with leukemia. It came on very suddenly, and his friends and family are still reeling from the news as he is fighting for his life. Please say a prayer for Ron, and for his wife Sharon and their family.
The other reason for this post is to alert you to a non-profit service that helps family and friends stay in touch with one another when someone is suffering a chronic or terminal illness. Caring Bridges offers dedicated pages on their site so that family and friends (especially those at a distance) can keep up-to-date with their loved one’s progress/prognosis.
Does someone you know need this kind of assistance?
Finally, Lisa at CatholicMom.com asked me to help spread the word about a wonderful give-away that is going on right now … an exquisite amethyst necklace with a Mary pendant. Click here to sign up!
The Steven Curtis Chapman family was devastated by the accidental death of Steve and MaryJo’s daughter, Maria, who was killed when struck by the family car.
The family has posted a poignant tribute to their daughter, who was adopted from China, here:
Please pray for the Chapman family.