US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Inconceivable: The spiritual test of infertility

By Heidi Schlumpf | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But millions of couples can't do that on their own, and the spiritual struggles are often as daunting as the physical and emotional ones.


New parents often describe childbirth and their part in procreation in religious, almost mystical, terms. It's a "miracle," "awesome," "glorious." Giving birth to their children is why God put them on this earth, a vocation, more important than anything else they will ever do. Some even see it as sharing in God's creative power.

So what if you were told you could never have that?

Asking for direction ... finally

By Peter Feureherd | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Sometimes the best place to talk to Catholic baby boomer men about spirituality is far removed from the quiet of a church sanctuary.