During a consultation, a woman, whom I will refer to as Jane, told me that she was pursuing therapy because she was “desperate for a child”. Jane revealed that after being unable to become pregnant for years her doctor recommended IVF because it was the best way for her to have a baby. Jane was very excited at the prospect and sincerely believed that it was the answer to her problems. She was able to get pregnant, twice. Sadly, she miscarried both pregnancies. Jane was heartbroken, dejected, and baffled at the outcomes of the IVF procedures. She cried out to me: “What’s wrong with me? Why does this keep happening to me? I was so sure IVF would work. I would do anything to have a baby!”
This Thursday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, a day very near and dear to the heart of Women of Grace.
You know the scene well. In the sixth month of her cousin Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” He told her that she would conceive in her womb and bear a son, the Son of the Most High, and His name would be Jesus.
Here at Women of Grace® we L-O-V-E Our Lady. She is the model whom we look to as THE woman of grace. In fact Mary is at the core of our Foundational Study Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life.
What is it about Our Mother Mary that makes her the exemplar of what it means to be a disciple AND a woman of grace? Today’s Feast of the Annunciation highlights her greatest attribute, her complete and total “Yes” to God. A passage from the book Full of Grace briefly summarizes the greatness of Mary’s fiat and how we as women are to follow her example: Read the rest…