I don't have much to add about my weekend that wasn't already so well articulated by JellyBelly (Frustrated Musings of a Seemingly Calm Gal). But I did want to share a couple more thoughts about Father Mike, the priest that prayed over us on Sunday.
First, I find it no small coincidence that the one day that worked for all of us was the Feast of the Assumption. We soon discovered after speaking to Father Mike in the rectory a few minutes, that he has a very great devotion to our Lady.
I was moved almost to tears when he told us that the biggest sacrifice for him personally in becoming a priest was giving up having children. He said he didn't feel the same big sacrifice in giving up having a wife, because he still enjoys female friendships, etc. But that he had always envisioned having many, many children. He even said that early in his priesthood, the thought of what he "gave up" for God would bring him to tears.
We found an infertile priest!!! How perfect!!
He added that he had been engaged before entering the seminary, and he later found out that the woman he was engaged to wound up, you guessed it, infertile! So, it would seem no matter which way he played the cards he was dealt, Father Mike was meant to be "infertile."
But then he said Mary would get him through those rough times. He feels very strongly that this "gift" he has in praying over couples who cannot conceive, is his gift from Mary - that in a way, she is granting him a different modality of bringing children into the world. How beautiful! I am so surprised I didn't start bawling right then and there.
So, we spoke for a long time, and then we went over to the church and he prayed the Hail Mary with us, the Memorare, and gave us all individual blessings, laying his hands on our heads. Every moment of that day I wish I could just bottle up and keep forever. I felt such peace in giving our fertility to Mary (a task I have tried before, every year on our Consecration date of the Assumption, but have never truly been able to do it). Looking at the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Perpetual Help really comforted me. I know Mary will help to make BOTH me and JellyBelly mothers. I just know it.
Father Mike said he doesn't always feel this way, but that after praying over us both he felt "really good" about us going on to conceive.
I can't wait to share that good news with him, and to introduce him to another one of "his children." :)