A Grieving Father’s Thoughts on Suffering

Reflections from a grieving father….

The Apostolate of Hannah's Tears

I originally composed the following letter in response to an inquiry from an old friend regarding the deaths of two of our children. I share it now ? despite much anxiety about such public vulnerability ? in hope that these words may comfort other grieving parents.

Thank you for your message and prayers. The past two years have been very difficult, if I may understate a little. Burying Mary Bernadette was the most painful and sorrowful experience of my life. At 19 weeks in utero, just as we learned her gender, we learned she had a terminal genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. We prayed every day for healing and/or live birth, but God answered our petitions in the most mysterious of ways: He took her to Himself and healed her without granting us the opportunity to hear her cry. Mary Bernadette was born still at 33 weeks on July…

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