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The Infertility Companion for Catholics
Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples
Author: Angelique Ruhi-López
Author: Carmen Santamaría
Foreword by: John Grabowski
Foreword by: Claire Grabowski
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: March 26, 2012
One in every six United States couples experiences infertility but Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore the medical options available to them. Filling a major void in Catholic resources, The Infertility Companion for Catholics is the first book to address not only the medical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of infertility, but also the particular needs of Catholic couples who desire to understand and follow Church teaching on the use of assisted reproductive technology.
Authors Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría offer the support and wisdom gained in their own struggles with infertility. They describe the options that Catholic couples can pursue in seeking to conceive, many of which are not ordinarily presented by the medical community. In an encouraging and non-judgmental tone, they address both husbands and wives and help them recognize the emotional impact of infertility on their relationship.
The Infertility Companion for Catholics presents a variety of spiritual resources including prayers, devotions, and the wisdom of the saints and provides suggestions for further reading of reference materials, Catholic documents, and Catholic blogs about infertility.
"Abundant fruit here for the faithful."
“Such a thorough and compassionate book of this depth and breadth could only have been written by a truly faithful Catholic tried by suffering. Though a clear exposition of the science, morality, Church teaching, and theology [of infertility], this is no dry treatise. Though chock-full of genuine, raw testimonies, this is no sanitized morality tale. The authors’ humility, faithfulness, and obedience—tested by the unique pain of infertility—has borne abundant fruit here for the faithful. This is one of those books of which you always need an extra gift copy on hand.”
Damon Clarke Owens
Theology of the Body Institute
"Well-written, thorough, and highly recommended."
"This well-written, well-researched resource is a much-needed gift to Catholic couples struggling with infertility. The authors address all of the major issues faced by Catholic couples who have difficulty conceiving, offering hope, encouragement, and practical guidance. Well-written, thorough, and highly recommended."
Anne Nolte, M.D.
Co-Founder and Director
National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Infertility
“A river of healing waters."
“A river of healing waters for the hearts of those walking the journey of infertility, and a comprehensive, yet succinct guide for family life ministers committed to accompanying them.”
Lucia Baez Luzondo
Director of Family Life
Archdiocese of Miami
"A beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony."
“The Infertility Companion for Catholics is a sensitive, thought-provoking reflection on the effect of infertility in the lives of couples who experience it. It is a beautiful blend of Church teaching, spirituality, and personal testimony. A must-read for couples having difficulty conceiving and for those who love them!”
Respect Life Office
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
“For a couple desiring children, discovering their infertility can be devastating. This personal witness of two couples’ faith journey struggling with infertility is uplifting and refreshing. This labor of love is also extremely well researched and solidly within the teaching of the Catholic Church. Highly recommended!”
Rev. Alfred Cioffi
National Catholic Bioethics Center
"Provides both hope and solace."
“The suffering of infertility is an especially painful participation in the cross of Jesus Christ. In this thoughtful guide, the authors provide a spiritual road-map for walking through this suffering in obedience to the call of our Lord. This book provides both hope and solace to Catholic spouses who seek to follow Jesus and to be faithful to his teachings as expressed by the Church.”
Director of Theology Programs
Theological Institute for the New Evangelization
Saint John’s Seminary
“In a genre where both Christian and secular books abound, we are so blessed to finally have a resource that is authentically Catholic! The Infertility Companion for Catholics provides a well-thought-out, comprehensive, and sensitive manual for Catholic couples struggling with the difficult cross of infertility.”
Hannah’s Heart Catholic Infertility Support Group
"A much-needed resource."
“This book provides excellent insights on physical realities, moral implications, psychological ramifications, and Church teachings related to infertility. It is a much-needed resource and I will recommend it to the many couples who turn to Elizabeth Ministry for guidance.”
"The perfect primer for married couples."
“Sharing the latest in advanced diagnostic treatment options that fall within the teachings of the Magisterium and providing faith-filled tools for both partners, the authors have created the perfect primer for married couples facing the stress, heartbreak, and uncertainty of infertility. Also a fantastic resource for family members, friends, and pastoral staff who share this difficult path with infertile couples. Let this book help strengthen your marriage and your spiritual life.”
Lisa M. Hendey
Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
"A must-read for infertile couples!”
“A guiding light to infertile couples wishing to learn more about treatment options in light of the Church’s teaching, and how to address this suffering emotionally and spiritually. Offers great inner consolation, as it addresses the difficult topics of infertility, discernment, miscarriage, and adoption. A must-read for infertile couples!”
Author of Embracing the Cross of Infertility
"We can find salvation.”
“I particularly found the chapter on discerning God’s will to be a much-needed component to infertility resources that speak primarily to the physical and psychological struggles couples face. To those living it, the term ‘Catholic Infertility’ is a frustrating oxymoron. This book reminds us that through our cross, no matter how mystifying, we can find salvation.”
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
"They are not alone."
"Women who face fertility challenges need to know that they are not alone, and this is the comforting message they receive from two Catholic women who co-authored a book on the subject."
Women of Grace Blog
Infertility: Spiritual Care and Practical Support for Catholic Couples
Live with Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria at the World Meeting of Families