Prayer of the Week (Feb 23, 2015):
ST. GERARD MAJELLA – THE SAINT WHO ENTRUSTED HIMSELF TO GOD’S LOVING CARE
An envious young woman once accused St. Gerard of sexual misbehavior with another girl. His superior, St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, was notified and he investigated the accusation. Because the accusations could not be proven untrue, he summoned St. Gerard and read to him the letter with the accusations. St. Gerard said not a word, he offered no defense. Because of the gravity of the accusations, St. Alphonsus had no choice but to punish St. Gerard with restrictions and prohibitions, even prohibiting him from receiving Holy Communion. St. Gerard had made it a rule of life to never excuse himself even he was completely in the right and he had made a vow to do always the more perfect thing. To St. Gerard the more perfect thing to do in this case was to offer no defense, but to humbly accept his punishment as thought guilty as charged.
Welcome, Friend of Saint Gerard!
In Christ our Redeemer,
Fr. Allan Weinert, C.Ss.R.
Blessing for Mothers
Saint Gerard is known throughout the world as a mighty intercessor for young women and mothers, especially women who are trying to conceive, have difficult pregnancies, have faced pregnancy loss, or have other special needs or prayer requests for their families.
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