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About Laura Kelly Fanucci
Laura is the author of many books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014) and Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey through Miscarriage (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018).
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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.” (Ps 34:19)
You might feel, in the days and weeks after a miscarriage, like the Lord is anything but close.
Laura and Franco Fanucci understand. After struggling with infertility, they miscarried their third child in the first trimester. Later, their twin daughters were born prematurely and lived only a few days. Laura and Franco are here to tell you that, while your miscarriage is a deeply personal loss, you are not alone.
Grieving Together is written by a couple specifically for couples, understanding that both spouses have experienced a loss and grieve differently. Drawing from Catholic tradition and teaching, Laura and Franco gently guide you through:
- The physical and emotional experiences of miscarriage — including help in making the hardest decisions
- How couples respond to grief — and how to support each other
- Turning to family, friends, and the Church — finding help and support from loved ones and your Church community
- The future after miscarriage — where to go from here as a couple
Grieving Together is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.
“We are fellow travelers on the road: parents who have suffered significant losses yet have grown in our marriage because of the gifts of our children’s lives.” — Laura and Franco Fanucci
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-Part I (Ages and Stages) gathers prayers for children, teens, young adults, and adults in mid-life, later, and older adulthood.
-Part II (Work and Profession) offers blessings for traditional professions and overlooked occupations--from nurses to truck drivers, janitors to lawyers, salespeople to stay-at-home parents.
-Part III (A Year of Blessing) highlights times to preach and pray about vocation throughout the church year and cultural calendar.
Drawing from research with hundreds of Christians in congregations across the country about their sense of God's call in their lives, the book fills the gap between Christianity's rich theologies of vocation and people's pastoral needs in living out their callings.
To Bless Our Callings is a perfect resource for catechists, musicians, worship leaders, spiritual directors, retreat leaders, campus ministers, and chaplains.
"Laura Fanucci's book is a theological, spiritual, and liturgical gem. Filled with insight into how callings relate to the stages of life, paid and unpaid work and the professions, and the liturgical year, it provides a comprehensive and eminently usable resource for pastors, religious leaders, and anyone who wants to relate their faith to every aspect of human life. Fanucci draws ecumenically from numerous traditions, and creates many of her own prayers and blessings to provide a wealth of wise and evocative sources for Christian worship and discernment. This book fills a large gap in the literature on worship and callings."
--Douglas Schuurman, Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College
Laura Kelly Fanucci directs an ecumenical project on vocation in congregations at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (2014), Mercy: God's Nature, Our Challenge (2016), Dashed Hopes: When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart (2017), and the co-author of Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling (2015).
A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.
Whether you read this wonderful book on your own or with others in a group—RCIA, prayer circle, ministry team, faith sharing—it will help you grow in understanding and faithfulness as you discern and discover your unique place in God’s loving kingdom.