Just a quick post to remind everyone that today is the Feast of Saint Gerard, the Patron of Expectant Mothers, Safe Deliveries, and those who wish to conceive.
Here is a prayer for those of you in my camp:
Prayer for Motherhood
O good St Gerard, powerful intercessor before God and wonder worker of our day, confidently I call upon you and seek your aid. On Earth you always fulfilled God's designs, help me now to do the holy will of God. Implore the Master of Life, from whom all paternity proceeds, to render me fruitful in offspring, that I may raise up children to God in this life, and in the world to come, heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory.
(The prayers for expectant mothers and safe deliveries can be found here: http://www.praying4ababy.com/stgerard.html
I missed the special Mass for those praying to conceive, at the St Lucy Church in Newark (I believe this is THE national shrine of St Gerard, but if not, then it's A shrine at least.) We also missed it last year, but went on his actual Feast Day of October 16th. So hopefully we can make it up there for Mass tonight.
To clear any confusion... yes, I still pray that one day I may conceive. AND I pray that the doors to adoption and foster care will open and we'll be able to do either of those. I'm ok with the fact that none of these may ever happen, but I will never stop praying that if it be God's will, His will be done.
Happy Feast Day, St. Gerard!