You are part of a powerful online prayer community that honors St. Gerard Majella, The Mothers' Saint. This community is growing larger and stronger every day. In this newsletter you will read three joyful stories of women how prayed to St. Gerard for help and healing. These testimonials are exciting signs of God's love and intervention in our daily lives.
The Redemptorist missionaries of the Denver Province are very happy that our sainted brother continues to bring hope and inspriation to the lives of so many,
especially the lives of women who are having difficulty conceiving a child or
have experienced complications during pregnancy.
In this second electronic issue
of our newsletter, meant to provide encouragment during this Lenten season, we share with you a
selection of Saint Gerard’s personal “Rules for Living”,
penned by his own hand. I hope this glimpse into a saint’s heart and
soul will inspire you and guide you on your own spirtual journey.
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Thank you for helping to spread the message of St. Gerard.
St. Gerard, Pray for us!
Father Allan Weinert,
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♦Saint Gerard's "Rules for Living"
♦Testimonials and Prayer Requests
A PRAYER FOR NEW
Kind Saint Gerard, a new mother needs a special grace after
a baby is born. Please help all new mothers to hold their children close to
them, love them dearly, and do what is best for their children and themselves.
Give new mothers someone to help them through their first weeks and months of
motherhood, to guide them, to calm their fears, and to rejoice with them in
this new and precious life that has been entrusted to them. Encircle them with
confidence to make good choices for their babies and themselves. Always keep
them safe in your loving protection.
We humbly ask you to take this prayer to Jesus who is Christ
Excerpted from Novena
and Prayers to Saint Gerard Majella - The Mothers’ Saint
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Saint Gerard Majella’s Rules for Living a Spiritual
Gerard Majella’s spiritual life was not patterned on
complicated theological principles or programs. From his earliest days, the
young tailor from Muro, Italy, seemed to have a natural goodness and an
instinct for spiritual matters. In 1754, Gerard’s religious superior Father
Francesco Giovenale, C.Ss.R., asked him to write down his spiritual principles
and rules. He wanted to know the holy brother’s “internal motivations.”
Here is a selection from Saint Gerard’s “Rules for Living.”
We pray together this Lent that Saint Gerard will intercede for us all and help us follow in his footsteps.
Saint Gerard’s Rules
for Living (selected and adapted)
- I will never accuse or mention the defects of
others, not even in jest.
- I will not meddle in the business of others, not
even to say, “That person didn’t do a good job,” and so on.
- When I sense rebelliousness within me, I will
try not to vent it immediately. I will wait until the bitterness passes, so
that I can react gently.
- As soon as I see anyone in great need, I will
leave everything to help him or her.
- Whenever I am asked to help someone else, I will
do so as best I can, without hesitation or complaint.
- When I see that something has not been done well
by another person, I will offer advice gently, not in the tone of a master, in
order to help that person do better next time.
The above rules can be summarized by one of Gerard’s
favorite phrases: “I want only what God wants.” In his Rules for Living, he
also wrote out his beautiful “aspirations.”
Saint Gerard’s Aspirations
To love God greatly.
United always to God.
To do everything for God
To conform myself always
to his holy will.
To suffer much for God.
Take a little time
this week to think about your own spiritual principles. Do you have any
personal “Rules for Living”? Did you be making any resolutions for Lent?
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Testimonials and Prayer Requests
From Queens, NY -
Praying for protection in pregnancy
A young wife wrote to tell us that
she had been “devastated” when she miscarried in August; she then conceived
again in December. “I am very excited and grateful but also scared. I will have
my first prenatal appointment on Friday. I am so nervous. I want so desperately
to hear a little heartbeat. I have been begging Saint Gerard and God for my appointment
to go well.”
We asked our Fans to pray for her, and by that
afternoon over 100 people had responded, posting comments to encourage her or
let her know that they were praying for her. She later wrote to us: “I just saw
the post. Thank you so much: I almost burst into tears at my desk! I am so
grateful to all of you."
From St. Louis,
Missouri - Preparing for surgery
Rachel first wrote us to ask for
prayer. She had been trying to conceive for 3 years and was preparing for major
surgery to open blocked fallopian tubes. “I'm praying that God will answer our
prayers, and that my body will finally be ready for motherhood."
We prayed for Rachel and her
husband Alejandro, and we invited our Facebook friends to pray for her too.
Later, she wrote us with joyful news: “I just wanted to give an update. My
doctor was able to open not one, but both of my tubes successfully. This came
as quite a shock to us. Thank you so much for all your prayers. My heart is
completely full of love, gratitude, and praise for God, who I know had a hand
in this great miracle. I ask for continued prayers as I am now on my way to
recovery, and hopefully a mom-to-be soon. We are so overwhelmed with happiness.
Again, thanks to all those who offered prayers for us. They were truly
From San Antonio,
Texas - Trying to conceive another baby
A young mother wrote: "My husband and I have been
trying to conceive for two years now. We did conceive a year ago but it ended
up in miscarriage. We already have two children but I have always had trouble
getting pregnant. I just started praying for intercession by Saint Gerard, who
is the saint on fertility issues. My husband and I truly desire another baby.
We would like another miracle baby."
Saint Gerard, we ask
you to intercede for our friends, and we thank you for favors already granted.
Loving God, hear our prayer!
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