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Praying the Holy Spirit novena

The nine days of prayer is considered to be the first novena, which took place in the time period between the Ascension and Pentecost.

Seven saints to turn to on Mothers’ Day

We understand that Mothers’ Day can be difficult for couples experiencing infertility, loss, or any hard road to growing their family...

New wineskins

Our priest talked about how sin results in death – a moral death and existential death. Moral death in a person causes confusion, and the..

The hem of His garment

There have been so many times in the depths of my grief when I felt as if I, too, was hanging on to that single thread. After my losses...

Forty days in the desert of infertility

Is there anything that more closely resembles the journey of infertility than the season of Lent? 40 long days alone in the desert, being...

Our second fruitful year!

On 21st January 2022, The Fruitful Hollow turned 2, and this piece today is our 100th blog post! If you’d like to read about how this...

Hope in the darkness

This blog post is adapted from a talk given at a retreat evening for women experiencing infertility and loss.

4th week of Advent: Where are you, God?

“Where are you, God?” It’s a question I imagine Joseph might have prayed in the interior of His heart as He learnt the news of Mary...

3rd week of Advent: Replacing the ugly with joy

“Happy is the man who does not lose faith in me” (Matthew 11:6) but it is hard not to lose faith. In the darke

1st week of Advent: Stay awake with hope

“Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let..

Learning to accept God’s will through infertility

It is a surreal feeling to have your worst fear come true. From the time I was a little girl, all I wanted when I grew up was to be a wife..

When suffering and trust co-exist

So, fear not sister. In those places of littleness and longing and emptiness, press into TRUST. And please know that in the remaining days..

I had this great plan

Excuse me, what? Does my uterus know I’m Catholic? Despite years of painful periods and a late endometriosis diagnosis, I never once...

Fruitful affirmations

Why use affirmations? Affirmations are positive statements, phrases or sentences which can be repeated often to counteract negative thoughts

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