Next week, God-willing, my second daughter will be born. As most expecting parents are experiencing, this time of preparation is different, to say the least.
I am keeping my eyes and heart focused on the miracle in my midst. (This is not easy, and I no where close to perfect).
I find comfort and perspective from these words from Blessed Frederic Ozanam (founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society) on the birth of his first, and only, daughter Marie:
“…I am the guardian and custodian of an immortal creature. […]I will watch over every one of her steps, I will see all the graces of her childhood emerge and when I clasp her in my arms, I will remember that in her there is a soul made for God and for eternity…”
For all expecting parents, might we, in the midst of all the fear and anxiety, keep our eyes and hearts on the soul that God has entrusted to us.
Please pray for my wife, daughters, and my family, and I will surely pray for you!
Please feel free to leave any special prayer intentions in the comments section, especially for expecting parents, parents, those who are trying to conceive, those who suffered pain and loss in pregnancy, grandparents, family and friends.