Look at the map of Missouri and the States that border it, above. Look at the States colored blue. Excluding only Nebraska, if you killed every man, woman and child in every one of those States, you will have killed approximately as many babies as are killed by abortion worldwide each year.
Well, it entertains me, but will have to remain a private joke. Being an adult is hard work, yet it remains a work in progress.
Today is the Feast day of both St. Gerard Majella and St. Hedwig. What do they have in common, besides cool names?
St. Gerard is the patron of expectant mothers, unborn children, children, childbirth and the like.
St. Hedwig is the patroness of children who die, and of problem marriages.
Typically, a twelfth century duchess and an eighteenth century Redemptorist aren’t paired up, but this is one example of the ineffable wisdom and providence of God in His Church. How many mothers have lifted up their hopes, joys, fears and troubles to St. Gerard– during pregnancy– praying for a pregnancy– seeking protection or consolation? St. Gerard is a most powerful intercessor. And yet all too often a baby is lost in the womb, or never comes to be. Such situations are not only tragic in and of themselves, but often lead to problems for the couple as they struggle to make sense of it, be faithful to God, and relate to each other under difficult circumstances. And here today St. Hedwig’s feast is joined to St. Gerard’s.