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Friday, September 29, 2006

St. Naomi Rose Coffin, ora pro nobis

Softer than sweet,
Lovelier than young,
Fairer than mild.

Born September 14, Feast of the Triumph of the Cross; entered eternity September 29, 2006, Feast of the Archangels.

Made in Canada, born in the USA, now residing in the House of our Father to make intercession for us her sorrowing family -- and for all of you, my precious and loyal readers (and long-lost friends).

I've written overmuch about the fearfulness and angst of this trial. I'll soon tell you about the graces, blessings, and absurdly generous signs God gave us of his presence and help. As a practicing coward, I need them. And, boy, did I ever receive them. It's embarrassing!

I suspect that sharing what the Lord has done for us in this painful time will be helpful to someone else. For now, though, I need to be numb. And I've miles to go before I'm cried out.

Requiescant in pace, mi amorcita.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God comfort you as as you grieve for your beautiful daugher, We await the day we will all join her in the joy of our Father's House. Your faith is an inspiration.

9:43 PM

Blogger Amy said...

I'm so sorry about your little one, she and the rest of your family will certainly be in my prayers.

7:26 AM

Anonymous mike a. said...

Count on our prayers, Patrick (and family).

10:49 AM

Blogger Clayton said...

Continued prayers for you and your family. May God sustain all of you as you grieve your loss and celebrate heaven's gain.

10:55 AM

Anonymous David in Virginia said...

I'm so sorry. God bless you all.

11:41 AM

Anonymous MIla said...

As Naomi is now embraced by our loving God, may He also wrap you and your family in the warmth of His love and give you hope and strength. May we all meet one day in our Father's house. You will all be in my prayers.

11:50 AM

Blogger Jack Bennett said...

My prayers and thoughts to the whole Coffin family, Patrick...and to Naomi (though I doubt she needs it now) and all the lives she touched on her 6 days on this mortal plain.

1:01 PM

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1:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life without faith in a God who suffered must be so very bleak at times like this. I thank God, and you, for your faith which is such a witness.

We look forward to meeting Naomi in that place where God will wipe every tear from our eyes. She'll be beautiful no doubt. Perfect. Even more perfect than the average citizen of heaven because of her imperfections on earth. Until that day - we're grateful for this little Saint's prayers.


The Stefanicks

2:34 PM

Anonymous midwestmom said...


So sorry for your profound loss. I know the fatherly desire to protect your little daughter from suffering of any sort, and your state of utter helplessness, must have been frustrating to say the least.

My dad's birthday was September 29. He died in July of 2000. My four-year-old daughter looked up at me last night and said, "So if grandpa having a birthday party in heaven with the angels today?"

I bet they waited for little Naomi to arrive. God bless.

3:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your little Naomi with us during her short life. Your witness of love for her is a beautiful testament. Our prayers are with you.

4:50 PM

Anonymous fr.John said...

May the Lord bless you and your family Patrick. Thanks for the witness of your faith and love. I will remember you at the altar of God

5:19 PM

Blogger Dave said...

You are in our prayers.

Dave & Amy

7:50 PM

Anonymous Bill Sanderson said...

Tears are good to wash away the grief, eventually. We lost our daughter at 38 weeks and never got to hear her cry.

You will, with God's mercy, get past this. Like us, you probably won't get over it completely until you are reunited in the New Jerusalem.

My prayers go out to you and yours.

11:58 PM

Blogger MrsDarwin said...

What a painful loss. May Naomi's intercession bring you comfort and peace during these difficult days.

7:35 AM

Blogger Brother Lesser said...

May every single tear that pours from my eyes, the eyes of a vile sinner, be a prayer offered up to Almighty God that I may become more and more like little Naomi every day...and someday share with her that beautiful vision of Christ that captures her gaze today.

10:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terribly sorry about your loss.
Best I could do from here was to offer Masses for her and for you all.


12:42 AM

Blogger Dale said...

I am so sorry. Prayers continue for you and yours.

7:02 AM

Anonymous justine said...

You are always in our prayers.
-The Schmiesings

8:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Patrick and Mariella,
In ever sunny California I am sure the skies seem a little darker to you now, but I am comforted by the thought that your faith sees beyond this darkness the eternal Sun which now embraces your precious Naomi Rose. I am awed by the grace you have manifested throughout this trial... Rarely have I witnessed such a touching testimony of faith and I will pray that as the days go by and the numbness wears off, you will feel continuously uplifted and comforted by the prayers of those who love (and miss) you.

6:21 AM

Blogger JennGM said...

We continue to pray for you and your family, and ask the intercession of your little saint to help you through this loss on earth.

8:39 AM

Blogger Bill said...

Patrick and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find hope in the promises of Christ, and may Naomi rest in peace in the light of Christ.

11:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you, your family and Naomi.

7:57 PM

Blogger Barbara said...

Patrick -

So terribly sorry. Only prayer and tears just now -

Barb N.

12:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick and Mariella,

Words can not express the grief you are feeling or the empathy I feel for you both.

I pray your faith helps you through this and you are able to see a future for your familey, including Naomi, in the kingdom of God.

I will not belittle your loss with my words.. I only wish to express my sympathy.

Christene Young

6:04 PM

Anonymous michelle said...

I haven't read any blogs in a long while and I was just checking in on yours. I am shocked and so sorry for your family's loss. My heart goes out to you and your wife. I cannot imagine how difficult this has been. My prayers are with you all the way from Northern Canada.

6:50 PM

Anonymous Eric said...


You have my prayers.God Bless you and your family.

4:57 PM

Blogger causa nostra laetitiae said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! I lost three children to miscarriage and it was the hardest thing God has asked me to endure. I can't imagine how much harder it would have been to have known them first. You're in my prayers.

8:12 PM

Blogger Rachel said...

naomi is such a great saint to look up to, she is caring, kind, and gentle!!!
May God bless all of you in a very special way!!

1:37 PM


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