The tests showed Matthias’s heart
had thee holes and a bad valve. His aorta
was misshapen. I was still thinking
Down’s Syndrome or someone like Simon Birch when they began the genetic
testing. They suspected Trisomy 18. I knew nothing of Trisomy 18 .
I called Father Clark, the idea of a medical
problem that I didn’t understand was scary. What medical treatment should Matthias receive? I needed advice. Father Clark assured me of his prayers and
gave me the advice I needed - call a priest! He recommended that I have Matthias
confirmed. When I returned to the NICU
Father Burke was already there. His
question was if the child was already baptized?
I replied, “Yes, but Father, I am requesting of the
church, confirmation for my son. His delighted
response was “ another gift of the Holy Spirit, let me get my oils.” And Matthias was confirmed. I cried through that sacrament too.