Today October 16th, we're celebrating the Feasts of St. Margaret Mary and St. Hedwig (in the new liturgical calendar) . It is also the feast of St. Gerard Majella . In these times when human life is so threatened we should not forget St. Gerard Majella because he is the patron of expectant mothers (along with St. Raymond of Nonnatus) , and a patron of children, a good confession, and of those falsely accused.
Our blessed Saint Gerard was remarkable for his apostolic zeal, patience in sickness, love for the poor, deep humility in the face of false accusation, heroic obedience, spirit of penance and constancy in prayer. He wrote numerous letters of spiritual direction. The Lord favored him with many spiritual gifts, including prophecy, the reading of people’s hearts, and the gifts of miracles.
Let us faithfully pray :
St. Gerard, you lived your life among people who asked for your prayers and blessings in the many concerns of their lives. In your kindness you presented their needs to Jesus and obtained an answer to their prayers. Help all those who call upon your intercession to experience the healing presence of Christ within them. Our confidence is strengthened by your words of encouragement, "Trust with lively faith that you will receive everything from God." Be a friend to us, St. Gerard, and help us to walk in the light of Christ. Following your example, may our lives proclaim the love and mercy of Jesus in all our actions. Amen.