When a couple faces infertility, the intense suffering can be hard to bear–and to convey to others. In When Expecting Doesn’t Happen, Dr. Marie Meaney offers hope and encouragement to couples and advice for those who wish to support them.
With firsthand knowledge, Meaney helps couples navigate the experience of infertility and unpacks Catholic teaching on reproductive technologies. Outlining which licit approaches can be taken and the “dead ends” offered by reproductive technologies which undermine the dignity of the couple and their potential children, When Expecting Doesn’t Happen contains both practical and spiritual wisdom to guide couples toward deep peace and authentic fulfillment.
MARIE MEANEY is a specialist on the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil, on whom she has written two books. She holds graduate degrees in modern languages and philosophy from Oxford University and the International Academy of Philosophy (IAP) in Liechtenstein. She taught at the University of Villanova in Philadelphia before the birth of her daughter. Since then, she has taught courses for the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. Her previous work on infertility has been published in French, German, Croatian, Hungarian, and Spanish.
—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
—Theresa Burke, Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries and author of Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion
I have seen the emotional devastation that infertility can cause to couples and the grave harm caused from an erroneous conscience regarding Catholic teaching on assisted reproductive technologies. This book will not only assist married couples, but it will also greatly benefit friends, families, pastors, catechists, physicians, and family counselors. I highly recommend this book.”
—Fr. Shenan J. Bouquet, President of Human Life International
—Sally Read, Poet and author of Night’s Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story
—Barbara McGuigan, Host of “Fight for Life” on Virgin Most Powerful Radio
—Maria Fedoryka, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University and author of The Special Gift of Woman
—Peggy Hartshorn, Board Chair of Heartbeat International