The Cross of Infertility and Subfertility

Around one in six couples of childbearing age experiences infertility or subfertility at any one time.

Like any cross, sometimes this one is harder at some times than at others to bear. Mothers’ Day blessings at Mass can be particularly difficult. Or the Christmas season with its endless nativity scenes and hymns about the long-awaited birth of a child.

Some Catholic couples can feel forgotten, misunderstood, and isolated because of their fertility struggles, even if they draw strength from their faith and the Church. Like with any cross, this burden may be removed after a time.

But if it isn’t it can, and should be lightened with understanding, support, and the prayers of friends, family, and parish and other faith communities.

Marilyn Rodrigues