MARY, OUR MOTHER

Friday, October 16, 2009

[MaryVitamin] St. Gerard Majella Feast Day, Patron of Expectant Mothers

 

Mary Vitamin for October 15th
 
Topic: St. Gerard Majella
Feast October 16
 
Quote:
"'Before and after every meal,'[St.Gerard] wrote in his resolutions, 'I will recite three Ave Marias; when taking a drink of water, one Ave Maria; every time the clock strikes, one Ave Maria.'"
Father Edward Saint-Omer, C.SS.,R., St. Gerard Majella (Tan Books:1999), 66.
 
St. Gerard Chaplet

St. Gerard Chaplet Image by thepeachmartini via Flickr

Meditation:
"The Redemptorists are bound by rule to recite five decades of the Rosary, to make a visit to the Blessed Virgin and to say a certain number of Ave Marias every day. They fast, also, on the eves of Mary's feasts and abstain from meat every Saturday in the year [Saturday being Mary's special day of the week]. Gerard was not satisfied with these marks of filial love. Still more, he recited a Gloria Patri every time he saw an image of the blessed Virgin, whenever he heard her name pronounced and at the beginning and end of every action. His devotion to the Immaculate Conception was incomparable. How often he was rapt in ecstasy before her image!"
Father Edward Saint-Omer, C.SS.,R., St. Gerard Majella (Tan Books:1999), 66-7.
Cross of Saint Gerard

Image by F_Girasole via Flickr

 
Resolution:
How much there is to imitate in the life of St. Gerard! One time today, in order to begin imitating the Marian devotion of St. Gerard, I will say one Hail Mary with a drink of water.
 
Marian Vow:
"He constantly wore a Rosary around his neck as a sign that he lived in the blessed chains of Mary."
Father Edward Saint-Omer, C.SS.,R., St. Gerard Majella (Tan Books:1999), 67.
 
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Thanks be to God for graces received.
 


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