SoulWow Clean, Cobb & other things

A friend of mine just dropped a hint – a veiled one, as in, “maybe I’ll go to the church down the street and find out what it takes to become Catholic,” which made me happy, of course. I gave him the line from noted conservative Paul Johnson: “come on in, it’s awful!” We can keep each other company in exile.

Anyway, that’s cool. Pray for his discernment?

While you’re praying, please pray for Kim and her husband and their baby. I briefly mentioned their plight here, but was waiting for permission to tell you more, and now I have that. Kim is 7 months pregnant and has been told since her 18th week that her baby (they cannot tell for sure the sex) has no kidneys and will not live long beyond delivery. Like this young mother, Kim and her husband have chosen to eschew the dubious “blessing” of abortion and to instead pray, have faith, and experience the full-life gift and grief of allowing their child to meet them, of allowing themselves to know and love their child. They’re open to walking through the fire. And they’re open to a miracle, too. Openness is the key to everything. Recall, Jesus did not work many miracles in his hometown, where no one was open to him, because they assumed they knew all about him. Please pray for them, and I’ll keep you apprised.

From Vanderleun, a bit of Fr. Vic:

Hmmm…maybe offer up your confession for Kim and her baby? Says this is part of the Brooklyn Diocese – I’ll have to ask Deacon Greg, who toils there there days with NET TV, if he knows this priest.

Speaking of confession: Here’s a primer, if you’ve forgotten how. Oh, come on, don’t be afraid. Step out on to the dawn of your own new beginning. You know you want to. Make it interesting! Mea Culpa has its value!

Last year I said to my pastor, “so, if I am feeling an urge to throw a laundry basket at my husband’s head, that’s bad, right?” To which he replied, “was the basket empty or full?”

Speaking of Vanderleun, he gives us a rousing appreciation of Cobb, with which I wholly concur. Cobb’s been in my blogroll for forever, and I don’t link to him enough. One of the most provocative bloggers on the web.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday: Deacon Greg has a great homily, and also, 7 Days that Shook the World.

The man of no surprises: ACORN gonna run the census. No. We didn’t see that coming from a mile away, did we? He wants banks, too. And less than 100 days into it, the bots want to repeal the 22nd Amendment. Ahh…president-for-life. No, not surprised, at all. Never ascribe to malice… what can better not be mentioned at all

Inconsistency, thy name is NY Times!

A Most Disturbing Read: This actually gave me chills. Well done, Neo.

Solar Flares and System Collapses: Ah, 2012…

The “Marvelous Opportunity”: voluntary suicide of the healthy. Consistent with that whole “my life should have no pain” drive toward numbness that has been building and building. Resist it, if you want to truly live.

My Elder Son’s Sweet Girlfriend, who is much too level-headed to ever be a beastly bride, has introduced me to the various “reality bridal” shows on the cable-channels. Basically it’s all misery and wretched excess with occasional video of whining brides throwing fits with hammers, but the shows are morbidly fascinating, and I can’t look away. Also interesting is the Princess, the Priest and the war for the “perfect wedding”.

Finally – here is a terrific Palate Cleanser that you must go watch.

I’m leaving it there. Don’t want to dwell on more ugh after that.

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  • Mutnodjmet

    Prayers going to Kim and family now.

  • TexasAg03

    You don’t know me from the man in the moon, but I would appreciate it if you would ask for prayers for my wife, Amy, and our baby boy. Her water broke Monday (30 weeks along), but thank God she never went into labor. At this point, they are hoping to keep him in for another 4-5 weeks. Unfortunately, she is stuck in a hospital bed an hour from home for the duration. Things are looking good so far, but there’s still a lot of risk.

    I ask you because I like your style and you seem more real than most bloggers. I also think that you are an excellent representative of your faith. I am not Catholic, but have been moving in that direction for a while.

    Thank you for what you do.


    [I am happy to pray for your wife and son (and you) - it is a privilege. Can I make a little suggestion to you? You are clearly going to be antsy and anxious about this, and your poor wife is going to have a lot of time on her hands, so perhaps you will find it a good thing, to pray for Kim and her baby, and also for Heather and her baby. We're "all in this together," so to speak, and I have always found that when I'm in a worrisome situation, praying for others is a good thing to do, and I believe with my whole heart that God is never outdone in generosity. Please let us know how it goes for you and your wife and son. -admin]

  • ferrous

    I’m linking a story about a boy in my area who had a kidney transplant last Dec at 5 years old. He was born without kidneys and this little boy is doing great. It was a long road for him to get to where he is, but he’s very active even with just one kidney. Just thought this would be nice to pass on to the couple expecting a baby with no kidneys.

  • margareth

    Kim, her husband and her baby will most definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. I truly believe that God gives us no more than He knows we can handle; believing that, however, does not make the things He does give us any easier to bear.

    Last year, my daughter and son-in-law had a similar, tragic experience. My daughter found out she was pregnant, only to discover via ultrasound that our grandson would be born without kidneys and would not live much longer than a few hours at best. The “specialists” that she saw urged her to go to Virginia immediately to have a late-term abortion; I am adamantly opposed to abortion, especially for the sake of “convenience”, but of course, it was not my decision. I was so proud of her and my son-in-law – they decided to go ahead and have the baby, partly on faith in miracles, but mostly because he was their son and they wanted to have a chance to hold him and love him, if only for an hour.
    My daughter went into labor about three weeks early. I was in the delivery room, along with her husband, when the tiny fellow came into the world. He was beautiful! I got to hold him and kiss his tiny nose – I told him I was glad I got to meet him, and I would see him again one day. He lived just a bit more than an hour. It was devastating – but it would have been so much more so if we had never had the chance to see him.

    Tell Kim that it’s OK to hope, and it’s also OK to grieve. This is her child, and she should love him fiercely and remember him lovingly. Never hesitate to tell people that you do, indeed, have a child, that he existed and was loved and passed on to his Heavenly Father’s arms, but that he was – is – one of your children. I will always remember that I have four grandsons – even though one of them is just a memory.

    And, Anchoress, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to pass this along. We tend to think that these things only happen to “someone else”. When we finally end up being that “someone else”, sometimes it helps to know that life can, and does, go on. Give Kim and her family my love.


  • RigelDog

    Thanks a lot, Anchoress (TIC). First you make me cry, reading your article about suffering through the tsumani of your brother’s passing—then I found myself (unexpectedly) crying again at the video of the joyous noise and dance at the train station. It’s the light shining on in the darkness.

  • alicat

    Just heard on Fox News: Newt has converted to Catholicism last week. Wow!

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