Saturday, October 16, 2010
[MaryVitamin] St. Gerard
Topic: St. Gerard Majella
Feast October 16
"'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.
"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.
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.
"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.