In the October 22 issue, Timothy P. O'Malley writes about his family's struggles with infertility ("Waiting for Gabriel").Here we offer some resources for families facing this challenge.
Longing to Love: A Memoir of Desires, Relationships, and Spiritual Transformation, Timothy Muldoon
"Adoption and the Goods of Birth," Holly Taylor Coolman, Journal of Moral Theology 1:2 (2012), 96-114.
And here are selected writings on the theme of suffering and self-gift:
Life Out of Death: Meditations on the Paschal Mystery, Hans urs von Balthasar
The Divine Milieu, Teilhard de Chardin
"The Love of God and Affliction" in Waiting for God, Simone Weil
Also in the October 22 issue, Elizabeth A. Donnelly and her husband, Phillip E. Pulaski, write about raising their daughters in the Catholic faith ("On Their Way").