Why Taking Prenatal Vitamins is an Act of Faith

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Because you’ve been down this road before, when the line turned more and more pink, leaving you without a shadow of a doubt: you’re pregnant. Because you’re struck by the wildness of it all — nearly a year since the miscarriage. . . and this?? Because you’d finally settled into contentment, not the restless back…

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Complicated Joy

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For all of the beauty found in celebrating the liturgical year, I find that marking milestones by these holy seasons and rituals has a tendency to make whatever experience that much more intense and emotional for me. Pregnancy announcements during Advent—potent. Witnessing conversion and Baptism at Easter Vigil—stick a fork in me. Gifts of selflessness…

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Labor’s Stages: A Triduum

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A journey of four days, each unique. Holy Week reveals itself in new shades every year, shadows of dark and light. It pushes through the broken, cold dirt of Lent’s long winter with a fresh green curl of hope. With only a few short weeks to go before baby’s birth, I see these feasts through a new slant. Each…

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Epiphany

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epiph-a-ny : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something It was supposed to be a practice session. She’d gone through the training and wanted to try out what she learned. I’d been sick for weeks, and she offered to come over one night, hoping a gentle touch might…

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