The Lord calls himself the vine and those united to him branches (John 15:5) in order to teach us how much we shall benefit from our union with him, and how important it is for us to remain in his love. By receiving the Holy Spirit, who is the bond of union between us and Christ our Savior, those who are joined to him, as branches are to a vine, share in his own nature.
On the part of those who come to the vine, their union with him depends upon a deliberate act of the will; on his part, the union is effected by grace. Because we had good will, we made the act of faith that brought us to Christ, and received from him the dignity of adoptive sonship that made us his own kinsmen, according to the words of Saint Paul: He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. — an excerpt from Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on the gospel of John (Lib. 10, 2: PG 74, 331-334)
These pages are devoted to telling our foster adoption story. We believe that we have a vocation to be adoptive parents, one that we will continue to learn about every day. What you will find here will be reflections on our vocation, recounting parts of the process, and stories of life together.
The aim is to process our own thoughts about the process, but also to encourage others to show that adoption, and in particular the foster adoption process is one that is worthy of consideration.
The primary author of this blog has a PhD in Theology, and as husband and wife we were recently received in 2013 into the Roman Catholic church. Thus, many of the reflections here will come not only from a particular formation in theological and philosophical traditions of the Church, but also from our experience as Catholics who are attempting to live out our vocation to become parents through this particular process of foster adoption.
This space will contain reflections on our experiences as well as reflections about what we are going through as well as what our hopes are for the future before and during the process itself. The foster-adoption agency that we’re going through has not only provided a series of classes for our education but also given us a number of resources about the foster-adoption process, including books on attachment and bonding. With that in mind, in an effort to stay mindful of these resources and to process them along with our own experiences, you’ll also see the occasional book and film review as we have been encouraged to do research on different parenting methods. (Some books will also be memoirs or even fictional representations of real experiences.)
Thank you for reading, and we covet your prayers throughout this journey.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22-23)