Lucy’s birth occurred about eleven days earlier than her due date.
Sharon’s wonderful physician, Dr. Richard Ratino, who most generously
donated his services to us, decided that it was best to induce Sharon on
March 27 rather than have her travel in labor from where our motor home
was ensconced in Council Bluffs, Iowa, some 100 miles from Sioux City.
Sharon’s labor went about as well as it could have gone. My wonderful
wife offered up the pain and agony of labor and childbirth to Our Lady,
to whose Immaculate Heart she consecrated herself at the end of the
Chartres Pilgrimage on Whit Monday last year, June 4, 2001. Her faith is
truly inspirational, to say nothing of her loving, patient,
understanding, forgiving, merciful heart.
Our daughter is named after the great martyr of the Church, St. Lucy,
who is mentioned in the Roman Canon, as Sharon credits her for helping
her to see things clearly when she was in the process of converting to
the Faith. Her middle name is, obviously, in honor of the Blessed Mother,
whom Sharon credits principally for her conversion. (All of our children,
whether male or female, will bear Mary’s name.
A son would have been named John Jacob Marie Droleskey, in honor of my
late paternal great-grandfather, who walked four miles to Mass every
day—and four miles back home—until two weeks before he died at the age of
97 in 1949). A third name, Norma, has been given to our daughter in honor
of my own late mother, who was born out of wedlock and put up for
adoption in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1921. Her chances of making it out
of the womb alive today would have been negligible.
Thus, Norma has been
chosen to honor my mother—and all children born in circumstances in which
most mothers today deal death rather than give life—as a proof that each
life matters. If she had been killed, I wouldn’t have been conceived or
born. There would be no Lucy Mary Norma Droleskey if that had been the
Lucy weighed seven pounds and eleven ounces at birth. She is
twenty-one inches long, and has a nice crop of auburn red hair. She is
the spitting image of her beautiful mother.
She was baptized on Easter
Sunday afternoon at the hour of Divine Mercy, 3:00 p.m., at St.
Patrick’s Chuch in Omaha, Nebraska. Father Eric Flood of the Priestly
Fraternity of Saint Peter baptized our daughter in the Traditional rite
(with the salt and Exorcism prayer), thereby incorporating her into the
Mystical Body of Christ which is the Catholic Church. Father Flood
placed her on the altar of Our Lady to consecrated her just after her
baptism to the Immaculate Heart.
Sharon and I are grateful for your prayers. We are grateful to our Lord
and our Lady. It is now our job to get Lucy back home to God from this vale of
Thomas and Sharon Droleskey, proud parents of Lucy Mary Norma
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