It is my very pleasant task to welcome you to our inaugural
e-newsletter dedicated to St. Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R.
We Redemptorists of the
Denver Province are excited to begin publishing the new League
of St. Gerard e-newsletter. Our goal is to spread the teachings of St.
Gerard and to encourage devotion to our Congregation’s most popular saint,
known worldwide as “The Mothers’
Saint.” We will provide practical resources and foster an online prayer community
in order to help and support mothers, mothers-to-be, and those trying to
In my many years of ministry as a Redemptorist priest, I
have heard countless stories from women who have had difficulty conceiving a
child or experienced complications during a pregnancy. I always tell these
women about St. Gerard Majella, the Patron Saint of expectant mothers, and
together we seek his intercession.
Many women have conceived and given birth to
healthy children after turning to St. Gerard for help. Some credit St. Gerard
with helping them find the perfect child to adopt or comforting them in other
ways. Each story moves me deeply. Whenever there is a baby in danger, a mother
in need, a child who is sick, or a family in distress, we want to join you in asking for
St. Gerard’s intercession.
We hope the stories, prayers and testimonials in
this newsletter help you face your own daily challenges with courage and grace.
us your own prayer requests,
with us and all
our other readers your personal stories about “The Mothers’ Saint.”
St. Gerard, Pray for us!
Father Allan Weinert,
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♦Why "The Mothers' Saint"?
♦Testimonials and Prayer Requests
♦A Short Life...
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St. Gerard, child of God and special friend of
Jesus, pray for us.
St. Gerard, devoted to the Virgin Mary as the mother of our Savior, pray for
St. Gerard, friend of all mothers, pray for us.
St. Gerard, friend of all women trying to conceive, pray for us.
St. Gerard, champion of women and children everywhere, pray for us.
St. Gerard, hear us and intercede for us to our good and gracious God.
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A Short Life of St. Gerard Majella, The Mothers’ Saint
The attraction to St. Gerard Majella is surprising given his
short life and humble origins. Born on April 6, 1726, in Muro, Italy, Gerard
was the fourth child and only son of a tailor named Domenico and his wife,
Benedetta. He was prayerful and liked going to Mass with his mother.
As a young man, Gerard opened his own tailor shop. Customers
flocked to his shop not only because he was a good tailor, but also because he
was honest and good-natured. Everything changed the day fifteen Redemptorists
blew into town to give a mission. The fiery missionaries were members of a new religious
institute founded by Alphonsus Liguori. Gerard was swept off his feet and
applied to join the missionaries. The novice master doubted that the skinny new
postulant would last a month, but Gerard was beside himself with joy, and that joy was a terrific source of energy. He threw himself into even menial tasks, sweeping, scrubbing, and sewing his way to heaven.
At heart, though, the hardworking Brother was a mystic. He spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament, and his deep union with God was evident through frequent ecstasies and the gift of healing. Gerard’s prayers brought about the cure of a teenager dying of tuberculosis, the multiplication of food for the poor, and the healing of a paraplegic girl. He was a skilled guide for people burdened by depression or wavering in their faith since he,
too, battled depression and doubts about his faith.
Unfortunately, the saintly brother contracted tuberculosis.
By the spring of 1755, his health was failing. He died just before dawn on October 16th
at the young age of 29.
Why St. Gerard is known as “The Mothers’ Saint”
One miracle in particular explains why Gerard Majella became
known as the special patron of mothers. A few months before his death, Gerard
visited the Pirofalo family and accidentally dropped his handkerchief. One of
the Pirofalo girls spotted the handkerchief moments after he’d left the house,
and she ran after Gerard to return it. “Keep it,” he said to her. “You may need
it some day.”
Years later the girl — now a married woman — was on the
verge of losing her life in childbirth.
She remembered the words of the saintly Brother and asked for the
handkerchief to be brought to her.
Gently, she laid it over her womb. Almost immediately the pain
disappeared and she gave birth to a healthy child.
So many miracles were reported after his death it was
impossible for his confreres to record them all. On December 11, 1904, Pope
Pius X officially declared Gerard a Saint. His feast day is celebrated each
year on October 16.
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Testimonials and Prayer Requests
“I just wanted to thank you for your prayers for me, and I
want to thank St .Gerard for his help. After 16 months of trying to conceive
and so much crying and heartache and so much praying, God finally listened to
our prayers and to St. Gerard's prayers for us. I am now happy to announce that
I am pregnant with my first baby. Please continue your prayers for me and my
husband so we can have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Thank you, St. Gerard,
for your help to us!"
“When my mom was pregnant with me, she started
hemorrhaging. She was about 12 to 15 weeks along. She had previous miscarriages
and clearly was having one again. She pleaded with St. Gerard to save the
child. She promised to name the child, boy or girl, after St. Gerard (she was
hoping for a boy). After finding out there was still a heartbeat she considered
it a miracle. I was named Gerri Ann. A year later she had her boy.”
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"I want you to know that I am not really a very
religious person, but I bought a medallion of St. Gerard and I wear it all the
time and pray that he will protect my family and my baby."
"Please bless us again, St Gerard, with another healthy
baby. We are so truly blessed with our son and would love to make him a big
brother. Also, please bless all the women who desperately want a child to be
able to conceive and bring life into this world."
“St. Gerard, thank you for all that you have done for me and
those needing your help. Please watch over my baby. Help me safely continue
with the pregnancy and bring our baby safely into the world.”
St. Gerard, thank you
for your intercession and protection!
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