In the October 22 issue, Timothy P. O'Malley writes about his family's struggles with infertility ("Waiting for Gabriel ").Here we offer some resources for families facing this challenge.
Longing to Love: A Memoir of Desires, Relationships, and Spiritual Transformation , Timothy Muldoon
"Adoption and the Goods of Birth," Holly Taylor Coolman, Journal of Moral Theology 1:2  (2012), 96-114.
And here are selected writings on the theme of suffering and self-gift:
Life Out of Death: Meditations on the Paschal Mystery , Hans urs von Balthasar
The Divine Milieu , Teilhard de Chardin
"The Love of God and Affliction" in Waiting for God , Simone Weil
Also in the October 22 issue, Elizabeth A. Donnelly and her husband, Phillip E. Pulaski, write about raising their daughters in the Catholic faith ("On Their Way" ).