Saint Gerard Majella, Patron Saint of Children (Feast Date: October 16)
Extract from Saint Gerard Majella: “Son of a tailor who died when the boy was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchins, but his health prevented it He was accepted as a Redemptorist lay brother serving his congregation as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. Miracle worker. When falsely accused by a pregnant woman of being the father of her child, he retreated to silence; she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy. Reputed to bilocate and read consciences. His last will consisted of the following small note on the door of his cell: ‘Here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills.’” See PICTURE of Saint Gerard Majella. See also: Gerard Majella (Multilingual), St. Gerard Majella (EN), The Story of Saint Gerard Majella (EN), St. Gerard Majella (EN), San Gerardo Majella (Mayela) (SP), La vita di San Gerardo (IT), UN PUISSANT THAUMATURGE SAINT GÉRARD MAJELLA Frère Rédemptoriste 1726-1755 (FR), Św. Gerard Majella (PO). VIDEOS: St. Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R., Saint Gerard Majella. Short Novena to St Gerard Majella.
Saint (Gerard Majella) (Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers) (Feast Date : October 16)
(b. 1726) (d. 1755) Extract from St. Gerard Majella: St. Gerard Majella, religious, was born at Muro, Italy, in 1726 and joined the Redemptorists at the age of 23, becoming a professed lay brother in 1752. He served as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. However, because of his great piety, extraordinary wisdom, and his gift of reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel communities of religious women. This humble servant of God also had the faculties of levitation and bi-location associated with certain mystics. His charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers. He was afflicted with tuberculosis and died in 1755 at the age of twenty-nine. This great saint is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a woman in labor.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Gerard Majella on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Child Abuse in Indonesia (Ongoing) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 11- April 24.
Abortion in in United States (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 13 – April 26, 2009.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: