I just received the first call from Mary Ellen. Her doctor has decided that it will be safest for Mary Ellen, due to her medical history and the high position of the baby to deliver the baby by c -section. She is scheduled to go in one hour. I just spoke with her and she sounds wonderful and excited to be holding her baby in just a short while. She appreciates all your prayers and asks for you to continue praying.
Since Mary Ellen is a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, I thought this prayer from their handbook , Mother Love , was in order. Please join all her online friends in praying for her right now.
A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery
O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers. Preserve Mary Ellen from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which she now carries, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I will post an update when I get the next call from Dave.
Have a blessed day!