Monday, March 26, 2012

Multiple C-Sections: Spiritual Help (Part II)

Here are somethings that helped me spiritually.

1. Sacrament of The Sick

2. Adoration

3. Mediation on the Way of the Cross

4. Theologically Understanding The Concept of Redemptive Suffering (especially by reading the works of St. John of the Cross)

5. Asking for Prayers from Others

6. Wearing my Brown Scapular into Surgery

7. Carrying a St. Gerard Scarf into Surgery

8. Praying Morning Prayer the Morning of My Surgery

9. Enjoying my Routine of Motherhood before the enforced break of a hospital stay.

10. Reading about the importance of obedience (i.e. deciding in advance to cheerfully follow all requests of the nurses ahead of time) and sickness from the works of St. Teresa of Avila

11. Striving to be extra kind to my husband (Thank you, Danya)

12. Reading Tobit. Praying to the Archangel Raphael to guide the surgeon's hands

(other things that have worked for you, dear readers?)


  1. I remember wearing my brown scapular into my first c-section and feeling such peace. I like these ideas as well and will have to remember them.

  2. I think these are good points for surgeries in general. Well, I don't have a husband to be nice to. But medical procedures off all sorts make me anxious and grouchy.

  3. Such.Good.Ideas.

    I can't believe you have the time to gift us with your amazing insights.

    You are a true spiritual Sister in Christ.

    Your faith is giving me confidence and teaching me to TRUST in HIM!

    Thank you for your example, Abigail.

    I am sure you are not even thinking along these lines...that you are an amazing role model.

    But, anyways, you are!

  4. I received the Sacrament of the Sick and attended Mass and received communion the day that my fourth, Anthony, was born. I think it made all the difference in the world.

    Also a friend sent me a care package with some blessed oil from the Holy Land and an icon of the Theotokos. Oh what a comfort it was when I awoke in labor five days before my scheduled c-section and was able to anoint myself and pray with my mother Mary and know that I had the prayers of my dear friend and other mothers.

    I had a St Gerard scarf during my first pregnancy. I passed it on to another mother but St Gerard has since been a dear companion for me in all my subsequent pregnancies.

    I also have turned to St Gianna Molla. I had a friend send me her holy card during my last pregnancy and I read her biography. She's a great companion for an anxious mommy.

  5. Thank you for this series! I've had two c-sections and may yet need more. Any advice on how to get the hospital staff to allow me to wear my brown scapular into surgery should I require another? I was told politely yet firmly that I could not do so the last time around. There are no Catholic hospitals in my area. Is that part of the problem?