Both DH and I felt a lifting on Easter Sunday - we had experienced, as we have most Lents, a very difficult 40 days of trial and tribulation. Suddenly at Easter, the burden seemed to melt away - just in time for Infertility Awareness Week.
Is it a surprise that this year, Infertility Awareness (with a Catholic flair), a time to bring attention to an extremely difficult cross to carry, is coming simultaneously with the most joyous season of the liturgical year? I think, rather, it is a perfect
Infertility Awareness Week, and the Easter Season, commenced with a bang for us. I was blessed beyond measure, and impressed once again by God's timing, to receive this glorious image in the mail on Saturday afternoon:
That, right smack in the middle of my kitchen mantelpiece, is an icon of Our Lady, Help in Childbirth, which was passed along to me for my "turn" as it makes its rounds amidst a faithful group of women. And my turn? Is Easter... and Infertility Awareness Week... and the lifting of our Lenten burden.
Smiles all over the place, God. Well played.
But that's not all.
Today, at the end of this beautiful week, I celebrate something else quite special.
Today, April 25th 2014, is the 6th Anniversary of This Cross I Embrace.
I've come a long way since my very first post. I've written before about the identity of This Cross I Embrace, about resisting the temptation to allow my blog identity to define me, but the truth is, it is my cross in life that brings me to a fuller understanding of my identity as a follower of Christ. This Cross is in fact one that I Embrace, every single defining part of it, for it is within the cross that I find my salvation.
And that is the only identity I truly need.
Finally, this week will culminate with Divine Mercy Sunday- another very meaningful celebration for our Church, but also for me personally. I have been saying the Novena, this year, and praying for continued healing and growth, and as always, a fruitful marriage (however God wants to do that).
What a glorious week, indeed!
Thank you for putting up with me for 6 Years, Blogosphere! I shudder to think of the person I would be without all of you in my life. God Bless you!