Megan Lacourrege Category

Walking Pieta

By Megan Lacourrege In the past, I had struggled with feeling close to Mother Mary. My miscarriage changed that. Nothing quite prepared me for being told at my 12-week prenatal appointment that my baby had died. My doctor said I could wait to miscarry naturally or have surgery. My doctor also informed me he’d be […]

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Seeking Safe Spaces

By Megan Lacourrege “Safe spaces.” It’s something I was seeking after experiencing two miscarriages. I didn’t have a name for it at the time, but I learned this phrase through a presentation hosted in 2019 by the Archdiocese of New Orleans when Michaelene Fredenburg, the CEO of Life Perspectives, shared data-driven suggestions on how to […]

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Healing Through Miscarriage as a Family

By Megan Lacourrege The road to healing after experiencing two miscarriages has been a challenging one for me and my family. There are no one-size-fits-all ways to approach the grief journey one goes on after such a loss. I have been particularly affected by the fact that I have four children, but people only see […]

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Family Team-Building

By Megan Lacourrege Team-building can be important in the workplace, but, in a family, it can be just as valuable. There are a couple of free resources my family has used to grow in our relationships with each other. One is the “Five Love Languages,” which was created by author Gary Chapman. He identified five […]

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Self-Image is transformed through self-gift

By Megan Lacourrege   I remember first becoming body conscious in elementary school. Girls were called “fat” or “ugly.” Unfortunately, I was in that number many times, and it deeply affected my self-esteem. I was a bit surprised to discover that this way of making fun of others continued well past school. Most shocking to […]

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A Cinderella Story

By Megan Lacourrege A few years ago, I was teaching in the parish school of religion to sixth graders. We were studying the Old Testament. When we got to the story of how David became king, I was struck by the similarities to the fairy tale “Cinderella.” God instructs the prophet Samuel to go to […]

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Addressing PTSD after miscarriage takes patience

By Megan Lacourrege The shock of losing a baby to miscarriage is difficult enough, but it can be overwhelming if, afterwards, you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s well-known that people, like soldiers or accident survivors, may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but few realize that miscarriage can also cause PTSD.

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The Holy Trinity and the family have a lot in common

By Megan Lacourrege “Theology of the Body” by Pope St. John Paul II is a thought-provoking read. A celibate himself, John Paul II took observations from his own upbringing and years of counseling couples amidst their marital trials to give public homilies on human sexuality. These homilies were transcribed and compiled to make “Theology of […]

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Mary is a gift to the church at Christmas and always

By Megan Lacourrege As I prepared to welcome a new baby amidst the pandemic a few months ago, I was a little perturbed by the uncertainties. What would be the hospital’s protocol? Would we be safe there? Who would babysit our older child? I turned to Mary a lot at that time, asking our heavenly […]

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Even in the busyness, God is speaking

By Megan Lacourrege My husband and I are in the habit of daily praying evening prayer from Liturgy of the Hours. This form of prayer cycles through the same Psalms in the course of a few weeks. One we pray over and again is Psalm 127: “Unless the Lord builds a house, its builder’s labor […]

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Laughing at the Days to Come

By Megan Lacourrege Last year, I had the chance to hear a moving testimony by Kylie Bisutti. A former model, Kylie won Victoria Secret’s Angel Search in 2009. Even at the height of her success, she felt more insecure than ever. The pressure of seeming picture-perfect didn’t make her happy. She committed to leaving the […]

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