This is just going to be a super short blog post about something that came to my mind weeks ago....and I thought it might make a good post for some sharing too :)
Most people probably wouldn't share this right now, especially with the "risk" factor and everything, but I'm going out on a limb and hoping it might yield some prayerful fruit, even if it's not wise....I'm pregnant. 7 weeks pregnant. With a rainbow baby. In early August, I miscarried at 8 weeks. Needless to say, I'm paranoid now. Do I feel sick? Do I feel sick enough? Why did I have more energy today? Is the baby okay? My husband calls me "Piglet" to start with because I'm so good at worrying - almost like it's a profession...but I'm praying for the grace to trust in God's Love for me and my baby, no matter what His Will is in regards to this pregnancy and this baby...and my feelings on the matter.
So what does this have to do with the topic at hand? A lot, actually...it inspired it. I called the doctor's office a few days after taking the pregnancy test and was scheduled to have my first appointment on December 8th. December 8th!!!! The feast of the Immaculate Conception! That's awesome! (Incidentally, I had to go in earlier because I was possibly having a problem, but so far all is well and that appointment has been rescheduled)
How could I forget such an awesome day to have an appointment to check out my unborn baby!?! I was bummed that it was so far away, but really grateful for such a beautiful feast. Then I wondered - does everyone think like this? Do all Catholics have days they can specifically remember just because of the feast day it fell on? Do other Catholics also schedule important things to happen on big feasts on purpose as well?
Some "for instances":
I remember that my husband and I had our first date on the feast of St. Peter (okay, he shares it with St. Paul). I LOVE St. Peter and that was not intentional, which made it even more awesome...I mean, I wanted to be Sister Mary Peter when I was in the convent for that short while.
He proposed to me on Christmas Eve. Okay, that's more "generic" but still. I couldn't possibly forget because he chose a beautiful day to do it. It was especially wonderful as it was the last Christmas I had with my mother and she got to see my engagement ring and know that I was going to be getting married.
My mom....I got the phone call from the hospice nurse that she was very, very close to death and we should all go to their house (2.5 hours away). On the way, I was praying that she would die either on her patron saint's feast day - St. Patrick's Day....or on the feast of St. Joseph (for a happy death). I vehemently believe that God granted us all consolation in her death on St. Patrick's Day (her name is Patricia and she went by Patti). Dear Lord, I miss her!!! I am so, so, so grateful that she died on St. Patrick's Day. She had a peaceful death and had a seminarian who had been taking her Communion and praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at her bedside in the week preceding her death. Thank-You, Jesus!
My wedding...now there's one we did on purpose. My husband and I got married on a Thursday to hit a special feast day....October 5th - the feast of St. Faustina! Her order is the one I tested my vocation in and I still love how she loved Jesus....I learned about marriage from my time in the convent, and that's not something I think I could ever put into writing, but I'm so grateful that my wonderful husband was more than willing to aim for that day with me!
...and this baby...our little rainbow baby... He or she is "due" on July 13th. Quick! What feast day is it? I had to look it up in our calendar and it's the feast of St. Henry - my dad's name day! Now how awesome is that? Yes, I'm taking it as a consolation :)
So now you tell me...do you remember things because they happened on a certain feast day? Do you aim for things to happen on certain days?