Holy Week, Notre Dame, Sorrowful Mystery names

Oh my, what a Holy Week it’s been. Did it not feel like the Notre Dame fire was just a bit too much to handle after this very Lenty Lent? Seeing the pictures of the people camped out by it, singing and praying, made me think about the apostles and how lost they must have felt when Jesus died. What a blessing that the damage wasn’t too bad, and that the sacred relics and the Holy Eucharist were saved.

If I could beg some prayers for my own little community: in the last few days we’ve suffered the death of one of my brother’s good friends from high school, who is also the son of one of my boy’s fourth grade teacher, who is also the uncle of one of my boy’s classmates, who is also the uncle of the children my best friend from childhood nannies for, who was also the best man at the wedding of the funeral director’s son. That’s the kind of community I’m blessed to live in. ❤ He was only 36, with a two-year-old son; he had a heart attack and died in his sleep. Oh my, our whole community is so so sad. Today’s school Mass was offered for him, and the number of his high school classmates who came home for today’s wake and tomorrow’s funeral (including my brother, who flew across the country) is truly moving.

Then, only a couple days after he died, we found out that the dad of a schoolmate of my older boys had also died, also unexpectedly, also of a heart attack. My family doesn’t know theirs quite as well, but the school community as a whole is heartbroken.

What a Holy Week.

I looked back on the post I’d done a few years ago on Sorrowful Mystery names and thought it would be appropriate to link to it again. Holy names are sometimes a good meditation for me, maybe they will be for you too.

I look forward to next week, when we’ll be celebrating! I hope you all have a holy rest of Holy Week, and a very Happy Easter!

 

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I had to go to the hospital today after some blood work results came back elevated more than usual … They added a medication (bringing my total up to TWENTY daily meds) and two of my specialists squeezed me in for tomorrow … on the one hand, that’s great. On the other … that’s two $90 copays. I just can’t do it. Last week alone cost $400 in copays for appointments and prescriptions. The hope is that they can get my liver to stay stable — and then hopefully we can start doing the tests to get a diagnosis and see which autoimmune disease we’re dealing with. I’ve got more appointments later in the week, but at the  moment I’m just really freaking out about getting to tomorrow’s appointments.”

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Birth announcement: Damian Nicholas Elijah and Isaac Anthony Cosmas!

Sweet Carrie, who I did a consultation for three years ago for her fourth baby and posted a birth announcement for that same little guy, has given birth to twin boys!! They have the amazingly perfect names … Damian Nicholas Elijah and Isaac Anthony Cosmas!

She explains here how they got their names:

Damian has been on of [her hubby’s] favorite names for a long time, and it was on the top of the list when I was pregnant with Dominic. Considering Sts. Cosmas and Damian were reputed to be twins, we thought now would be the perfect time to use it. Also, [hubby] has always been a fan of St. Damien of Molokai. St. Nicholas is one of our favorite Saints, and so we are so happy to have him included with our children’s patron Saints. Elijah the Prophet is a favorite Biblical character in our family, as well.

When we first found out we were having twins, we laughed. ‘Isaac’ seemed like a perfect fit for that reason, after the Biblical Patriarch. His first middle name is Anthony, after [hubby’s] maternal grandfather, and St. Anthony the great. Then we decided to add Cosmas, since as I mentioned, St. Damian was reputed to be his twin, and we wanted twin Saints to be their patrons as well.

… [I]t was actually pretty fun to come up with their names and I’m glad for what we settled on: being named after a pair of brother/twin Saints, two Biblical figures, and two Saints well-venerated in both East and West.”

I’m so impressed at how they brought all those elements together!! I absolutely love these boys’ names!!

Congratulations to Carrie and her hubs and big sibs Travis Joseph Derek, Clare Marie Thérèse, Gemma Kateri Rose, and Dominic Maximilian Mark, and happy birthday Baby Damian and Baby Isaac!!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Birth announcement: Christopher Rex!

I’ve posted about Sylvia’s beautiful babies before, including a consultation and birth announcement for her fourth baby, and a name reveal and request for prayers and updated name reveal and request for prayers for her fifth baby, and now I’m thrilled to share that after five beautiful girls, Sylvia and her husband welcomed baby number six last summer — a boy! He has the wonderfully strong and regal name … Christopher Rex!

As with their daughters, the baby goes by his middle name; Sylvia wrote on Instagram:

Rex is named after Christ the King. Viva Cristo Rey!

Looove it!! What a wonderful tribute to Jesus Himself!

Congratulations to Sylvia and her husband and big sisters Ruth, Rose, Wren, Rhea, and Regina (“[Rex] and Regina shall rule the house!” Sylvia wrote 😀 ), and happy birthday Baby Rex!!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Birth announcement: Basil Anthony Philip!

Happy Friday! So continues my catching up with readers’ birth announcements!

I had the privilege of posting a birth announcement for this sweet little girl a few years ago, and I’m excited to post her baby brother’s birth announcement today! Longtime reader Margaret and her hubby welcomed the handsomely and so-saintly named … Basil Anthony Philip!

Since he born on the feast of St. Rose of Lima (which also happens to be my birthday! Birthday twins! 🙂 ), Margaret said,

[T]he kids really wanted Rose [as the second middle name], and since [his birthday was the feast of St. Rose of Lima] they really campaigned for Basil Anthony Rose.

We couldn’t pull the trigger on that in the end but we often call him that or even Basil Anthony Philip Rose. I feel like nicknames and pet names get even more ridiculous as family size increases lol.

Philip has a lot of meaning for us too … we’re both very glad to have a Philip in there.”

I love all of this!! And I so agree about nicknames!! 😀 She said her older kids often call the baby Baz as well, which helps others keep the pronunciation of Basil straight (they say BAH-zul, like St. Basil). So cute!

Congratulations to Margaret and her hubby and big sibs Jude Benedict Ambrose, Felicity Catherine Finbar, and Olive Faustina Mark, and happy birthday Baby Basil!! You can check out his sweet face over on Margaret’s Instagram.


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Birth announcement: Reina Grace!

I’m still working through my backlog of birth announcements — several of which are from the end of my own pregnancy when I was burrowing into my nest. I’m so sorry not to have posted them sooner!

Just a couple weeks before my little guy was born, Sharon from Baby My Love had her sweet little girl! I shared about Sharon’s beautiful family before, and I had the great privilege of doing a consultation for her Little Miss, which I posted back in April, and I absolutely love the name she and her hubby settled on — the magnificent and Marian … Reina Grace!

Reina is the Spanish variant of Regina, meaning “queen,” and it’s been so fun to see Sharon’s Instagram posts playing on the “queen bee” theme! Never mind the fact that Reina herself is absolutely delicious!

Congratulations to Sharon and her hubby Zeb and big sibs (on earth) Gemma, Felicity, Nicodemus, Maximus, Quintus, Francis, and Evangeline, and happy birthday Baby Reina!! Check out both Sharon’s personal Instagram and business Instagram to see her sweet face!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

Birth announcement: Bridget Marie!

Thank you to all who entered the lottery for a baby name consultation! As long as it’s okay with the mama, I’ll post it here in a few weeks! Stay tuned for another “flash sale” next month or so. 

I’ve finished posting all the birth announcements that were emailed to me over the last few months — thank you to all the parents who did so! I’m now starting to work through the list of new babies I’ve seen in my Instagram feed over the fall and winter, and will be sharing their names and name stories as their mamas allow.

First up: the newest baby in a family whose names I’ve long loved! Kelsi’s older children are the swoony Finnian Doyle and Gemma Ruth, and when I saw she was expecting again, I couldn’t wait to see what she and her hubby chose! I wasn’t disappointed! Little Bridget Marie “Bridey” joined the family recently, and I just feel like sighing with contentment over these beautifully named children.

Kelsi writes,

1. Finnian Doyle — Doyle is my dad and my brother’s middle name. I wish I could ask my grandma where she got it, but we have no idea! I wanted to pass it on to my son and wanted a saint name as a first name. So after lots of suggestions from me and lots of vetoes from my husband, we landed on Finnian after St Finnian of Clonard. My husband’s grandmother has a strong connection to her Irish roots and the name seemed to honor that as well. We also liked the nickname “Finn” for its literary nod to Huckleberry Finn.

2. Gemma Ruth — When we were naming Gemma we decided we’d stick to the “formula” we had used for Finn: a saint first name and a family middle name. When I was pregnant with Finn, I was having terrible terrible headaches. Frustrated that I couldn’t take anything stronger than Tylenol and rubbing peppermint oil, I looked up Saints I could petition to pray for relief from my headache. St. Gemma Galgani came up. In truth, it was the first I had heard of her, but I loved her story and her name!! I asked her often to intercede for me. So when we found out I was pregnant with a girl, we decided to use Gemma. Ruth is my husband’s grandma’s name and just one of my biblical women.

3. Bridget Marie — We really like St. Brigid of Ireland and had heard the traditional nickname of “Bridey.” The nickname gave a literary nod to one of my husband’s and my favorite novels, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. But we decided we really liked the “-get” pronunciation better than “Brigid.” Marie is for my maternal grandmother and Mother Mary.”

How awesome is all of this?? I love it! I love each name, and the reason behind each one as well. How great is Kelsi’ love of Ruth: she’s “just one of my biblical women”?! Love it!

Congratulations to Kelsi and her husband and big sibs Finnian and Gemma, and happy birthday Baby Bridget!! Kelsi said it was okay to link to her Instagram — hope on over to see her beautiful babies!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!