I am sad to report that our oldest son's wife suffered a miscarriage on May 9, which was the day before Mother's Day in this year of Our Lord 2020 and also my beloved late father-in-law's birthday. The baby she was carrying was at about 12-13 weeks gestation but in all likelihood had expired in the womb weeks earlier.
This family-oriented, hardworking, loving couple, whose Faith is strong and true, have five healthy children living on this earth. With the loss of this pre-born child, they now also have three little saints in Heaven interceding for them, and for all of us.
As they were unable to determine whether the baby was a boy or a girl, the grieving parents have decided to name this perfect little soul Liguori Mary--a name which would work in either case.
Our son and his wife are working with A Mom's Peace, a lay apostolate that offers help with burial and remembrance ceremonies for couples who have been devastated by miscarriage or stillbirth (and arrangements have been made to have the baby buried in a church cemetery tomorrow). We became familiar with this wonderful organization last year in August, when our second-born and his wife experienced the tragic loss of their fourth child at about 15-16 weeks gestation.
We are indeed living in the Valley of Tears, are we not? There are tragedies and losses that seem impossible to endure, and yet we do. But we have Our Father in Heaven, the Blessed Mother and Her Beloved Son, and the Communion of Saints (who have been joined by Liguori Mary Pearl) helping us. Loving us. Waiting for us to meet them in Heaven one day, when our time comes. And oh, what a joyful reunion it will be! I imagine these never-met grandchildren of ours, these wee souls--spotless, pure, innocent, and filled with light--welcoming their parents home someday, and it brings tears to my eyes. I hope that I will get to see them, too!
Please keep our boy and his wife, who have fulfilled their wedding vows with perfect faith, trust, and obedience, in your prayers as they cope with their loss. Thank you!
St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us! O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee! And St. Liguori Mary Pearl, pray for us!