Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thank you ♥


And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for all former things are passed away. And He that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. ~ Apoc 21:4-5


I can't begin to thank you all enough for the outpouring of love and support that you have given to our family. I KNOW that it is all of the prayers that got us through yesterday, and continue to give us the strength and grace that we need right now.

It was such a blessing to have a priest available to hear my confession and give me the anointing of the sick just before my D&C yesterday afternoon. I couldn't even believe how calm I was, and how accepting I was able to be that this was the will of God. I kept telling my husband that "people must be praying for us!"

My husband conditionally baptized the baby and we will be meeting Father at the cemetery tomorrow afternoon for the burial.

We will always miss our little Gabriel dearly. It helps to do as a priest recommended this past weekend and place myself at the foot of the cross and try and imagine what the Blessed Mother must have felt as she had to watch her Son, the Son of God, die on that cross. She embraced her cross, and in imitation of her, I must try to follow her example. St. John Vianney once said, "our greatest cross is our fear of crosses."

Through the grace of God, I pray that we will one day be reunited with all our beloved in Heaven. Thank you again for your prayers, may God reward you!


In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence,
I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33

16 comments:

  1. I think it would be very appropriate to include Gabriel in your list of blessings. For his age you might say "11 weeks gestation - RIP".

    God WILL reward your sacrifice and suffering.

    Parents must suffer much for their children and sometimes the suffering comes all up front ... sometimes it is spread out over several or many years; sometimes a lifetime. In any case, the Cross is Charity and in Heaven there is only Charity.

    Be assured of my prayers. I met you at ordinations in May (I know your brothers/Fathers-in-law) and have been following this blog ever since. As a former nanny and teacher, I am very impressed with your work.

    In Corde Jesu, fornax ardens caritatis!

    http://guideforvictimsouls.blogspot.com/

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  2. awww, Jessica - I really wish i could just give you a big hug!

    Knowing that *our Gabes* are basking in God's love in Our Lady's arms.

    Blessings,
    Shelly

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jessica. I understand your pain, and also the peace that comes with accepting God's will. I'm praying for you and yours. May God bless you all - now and always.

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  4. Dear Jessica,
    I am so glad your dear one will have a Christian burial, one of his rights as a person. I have ached inside for the miscarried babies that have been denied that by Christian parents who just didn't want to "deal" with it. Gabriel is your baby. You are good parents. I am proud of you!
    Love,
    Kristyn

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  5. Dear Jessica,
    I want to say how sorry I am about yor loss. You are in my prayers.
    There's a wonderful shrine to the unborn in New York City in a church called Holy Innocents. Parents can enroll their deceased children there and the children's names will be inscribed in the book of life. The director also sends via e-mail a certificate about the enrollment. If you Google, "Holy Innocents Church, New York City" there's a link on the left side of the site. You can click on that link and then inscribe your Gabriel's name.
    I received a lovely e-mail back from the shrine director after I completed the process, and it does bring peace and a sense of comfort.

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  6. Jessica, you will be in our prayers.

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  7. Continued prayers as you heal. (We named our miscarried baby Gabriel too)

    I love you Jessica!

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  8. Many continued prayers for you and your family. What a wonderful grace to have the sacraments available to you during this time. May Mary hold you close to her heart....

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss Jessica. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  10. Still praying for Jessica, I am so glad to hear that you have been showered with grace. I know the struggle is great, it is such a overwhelming experience when you put yourself at the foot of the cross. I too have learned this, this year.

    I know we have not been able to meet yet, but our babies in heaven can meet and join together to pray for us. (Pio and Benedicta are my miscarried babies)

    I know St. Catherine of Alexandria was with you yesterday, Thank you for your prayers for Jessica and baby Gabriel St. Catherine!

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  11. Still praying for Jessica, I am so glad to hear that you have been showered with grace. I know the struggle is great, it is such a overwhelming experience when you put yourself at the foot of the cross. I too have learned this, this year.

    I know we have not been able to meet yet, but our babies in heaven can meet and join together to pray for us. (Pio and Benedicta are my miscarried babies)

    I know St. Catherine of Alexandria was with you yesterday, Thank you for your prayers for Jessica and baby Gabriel St. Catherine!

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  12. I am holding you in my prayers along with a friend of mine's sister who just miscarried her first . . . such strong emotions and pain. Yes, thank God for the Sacraments. May Our Lady continue to minister your every need.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  13. Dear Jessica...

    We are so sorry for your loss. Its one of the hardest thing in this world is to lose a child, an angel! We will keep your family in our prayers! May Our Blessed Mother hold you tight!

    God bless

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  14. To the whole family,..
    My prayers, love, encouragement, and support go out to you all. May God's blessings be with you and may our beautiful mother's arms embrace you as you heal. Much Love~
    +JMJ+

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  15. Jessica,

    I am reading from work, as life has been unbelievable busy for me. Thank you for you sweet comment when I went back to work. I couldn't have done it this long if it wasn't for all the prayers I know are being said for my family.

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. I know it is such a difficult time for you and your family. I was very soothed to know you have felt God's grace and loving arms surround you.

    Pax Christi,
    Christie

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  16. My heart aches for you as I read your troubling news. You are so brave of heart to be accepting and see the blessings in such sorrow. I have felt this sorrow before with two previous miscarriages.

    Just last week I found out that I am pregnant, and in my 6th week I am still trying to believe it and be happy - but every cramp, blood spot, every worry in my head is keeping me from that happiness of this pregnancy. All those "what if's" - in your blog you mentioned:
    St. John Vianney once said, "our greatest cross is our fear of crosses."

    That is where I am - in fear of the cross I just might bear in the next week or so if complications should arise. How can I move on and be happy now, and how will I move on if it is God's Will to bring this child into heaven?

    Until I know, I will be reading your words and your commenter's words of encouragement, to help me move forward and just feel blessed for whatever time I have with this child - be it short or long.

    Thank you for sharing your story, because it has made a world of a difference for me today. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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