I don’t know if there is a plethora of books out there about the spiritual sides of miscarriage and infant loss. I haven’t checked. But when this one fell into my lap and I was given the opportunity to review it, I jumped.
Losing a baby, at any stage, is tough. It feels lonely, although I must say, I was touched and surprised by the out pouring of love and support. I think part of the lonely is the feeling of emptiness, because it’s quite literal.
Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb made me stop for a moment a reflect on the fact that we aren’t alone. Mary knows, full well, the sadness of loss.
We are only human; who better to turn to for help and support than the woman who gave her only son for us? Peace comes in knowing She is mourning and holding you while She joyously welcomes your child home. —Sonia in Minnesota
Redemption was given to us in the most human way, so that, no matter our suffering, we know it’s relatable. If you’ve lost a child, be it an early miscarriage, still birth, or a fully grown child, you aren’t alone. Mary lived through it, as well. Cling to her and she will shower her love onto you.
This book walks you through the rosary – Mary’s prayer!- and offers step-by-step reflections and anecdotes. Heidi’s story is far more complicated and heart breaking than my own, but she willingly opens her heart to her readers. Her candid retelling of her personal story, as well as those of various contributors, reminds us that we aren’t on this path alone. Tragically, there is a tribe of understanding women out there and this book serves as a hug from each and every one of them, as well as Or Lady herself.
No matter how long a child lives, it is an incredibly beautiful and important thing to participate with your spouse in the creation of new life. The kind of love that led to the creation of your child can also carry your child and yourself to heaven with the grace of a happy death.
It’s easy for us to wallow when we are burdened by a cross. I love that Heidi challenges the reader, with each mystery, to step beyond yourself and pray for others. At the end of each reflection, is a suggestion to pray for another mother – the one who just found out she’s expecting or the one who will deliver her little one today. Whatever it may be, it serves as a reminder that motherhood and prayer connect us all and we should never forget one another.
Prayer carries us through the hard times. The rosary is Mary’s gift to us and Heidi uses this gift to remind us that Mary hold our lost children now. They’re home. And now, with Mary, they pray for us here.