Reminder, tonight on EWTN (in 2 hrs!!) - Abundant Life is airing an episode devoted to Catholic Infertility!!!
You can watch online, too, if you don't have EWTN, but I believe you have to watch it live (at 10:00pm EST). If you miss tonight, it is on repeat at 2:00pm on Wednesday, as well.
Will come back and share thoughts on the episode later :)
**ETA: So after the show (actually, during the show, pretty much all evening) I had a massive headache and was nauseous to boot :( (LOL, nauseous to boot, interesting choice of words, huh?!) Anyway, sorry I didn't come back with thoughts on the episode, but I was SO EXCITED to hear them talk about Dr. S.tegman, who performed my surgery!! How cool that he helped the President of the Catholic Medical Association's DIL to conceive (and she's an ob/gyn)! Yay, Dr. S.tegman!
I was also really impressed with Kristin, being able to speak so candidly about her fertility. I hope that when the ob/gyn spoke about NaPro and onemoresoul, it got Kristin to seek out other treatments that would work for her! (And Sew, I haven't seen her blog, do you have it?)
One of my favorite parts was when the author of "Bearing the Unbearable" spoke about the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac. He made the obvious parallel to God giving up His only son for us, and that the majority of the New Testament speaks of this story to show us that we should trust in God. However, he said that this story was so very poignant for the struggle of IF, because it shows that God gave an ultimate gift to Abraham and Sarah (who thought themselves barren) in giving them a son... and then He took it away (or, almost anyway). With us humans, God has given us all the ultimate gift of fertility- a gift which allows us to participate in God's most sovereign role as Creator- and for some of us (with IF), He takes that gift away. Why? We don't know. But why did He also ask Abraham to give up his gift, the same gift He had bestowed on him? All we can do is trust that God knows what is best for us, not question His actions.
Anyway, I'm ss I didn't post the link to see it online. I don't actually have the link, but remember seeing it a while ago on Apostolate of Hannah's Tears.
All-in-all, a very good show. I'm so glad they took the time to focus on the struggling of, imo, such an important cross that so many of us carry.