Newborn Baby Dies in the Arms, E-mail Tells of God’s Blessing

by Steve Ray on December 5, 2011

We have friends (sister of an in-law) and her husband who are graduates of Franciscan University in Steubenville. Nine months ago they received happy news that they were “with child” — as it is sometimes stated in Scripture.

A few months later an ultrasound showed the baby had congenital abnormalities — she did not have a face and maybe not a brain. The prognosis was simple– ABORT!

do-babies-go-to-heaven111010However, the parents didn’t believer the child in the womb was simply a piece of foreign tissue to be sucked out and destroyed.

Rather, they have a high and noble philosophy, a more correct understanding. They knew that the baby growing within was a human person, not a blob of discardable matter, like a tumor or infection.

There would be no abortion; rather, everyone would join in prayer and support, hope for a miracle, but trust in God’s blessing whatever the outcome.

Last weekend the baby was born and held in the arms of her parents. They held a living, breathing human being who had been given the gift of life. I will not tell the rest of the story. I will let the parents do that.

I will say though that to die in the arms of a loving mom and dad and wake up in the arms of Jesus and Mary is something too precious to describe. Janet and I had to read this letter over a period of time since tears welled up in our eyes every time we tried to read it.

Dear Family and Friends,

We want to thank you for your prayers and support throughout this time. Our daughter Grace Faustina was born on Friday December 2nd at 2:37pm. She was 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 19 1/2 inches long.

I had the honor to baptize her immediately. She was also able to receive Jesus in the Precious Blood, as well as be Confirmed and Anointed with oil by a priest. Christ’s presence was tangible and He answered so many of our prayers. It was such a blessing to spend time with our little girl before she passed away peacefully at 3:55pm in her papa’s arms. The hour of mercy!

We have been truly blessed and honored to be given this gift from God and have been deeply moved by the way He has sustained us in the love and support of so many. Christ is a presence now, and because he is a fact of reality we can live our circumstances in a new way with hope and certainty.

My wife and I truly experience this time of sorrow with joy and peace, knowing that Christ is with us and that Grace is with Him. Our Grace Faustina shared in the mystery of Christ’s suffering and brought us all closer to him and her life was truly beautiful. We shall miss her greatly!

With gratitude we again humbly thank you for your prayers and companionship. We will send the details of Grace’s Requiem Mass when they are finalized.

In Christ, your grateful family (name withheld out of respect)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa Spence December 5, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Wow, what a moving story. These parents certainly sought out God for His grace and strength during this trial. I’m so glad they had that time with their baby Grace. What a blessing.

Sue Clark December 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Thank-you for this posting. What a beautiful letter from a holy family. The message of life was truly lived by this family. What an incredible inspiration for us all during this Advent season. May Our Lord bless them abundantly.

Richard Caldwell December 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Courageous employment of God’s virtues and graces in action.

Nancy Tuckey December 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM

God has indeed blessed this very holy family! God has blessed even those of us who do not know them personally, but know of the miracle of life from the moment of conception. Grace Faustina has blessed so many. She has reached more than many of us who live 80 or 90 years may. What a witness of Christ this family is.
I walk beside them in prayer as they celebrate the honor of being her parents and coauthors of life with our Creator! Our hearts burn with absolute awe at the miracle of this precious little one. She indeed is the apple of His eye!
May His mercy and grace wash over them!

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