Dealing with Suffering
For Your Marriage
Prayer to St. Gerard
O good St. Gerard,
powerful intercessor before God
and Wonder-worker of our day,
I call on you and seek your help.
You who on earth did always fulfill God's design,
help me to do the Holy Will of God.
Beseech the Master of Life,
from whom all paternity proceeded,
to make me fruitful in offspring,
that I may raise up children to God in this life
and heirs to the Kingdom of His glory
in the world to come.
Prayer for Blessing of Motherhood
Mother of Christ,
You know, as no other mother can, the high dignity of motherhood.
You know how immensely great the privilege to call into this world
a tiny soul is destined to praise God forever in heaven.
This is the privilege I now seek, Mary!
Confidently I beg you to assist me, for I know that motherhood is so precious in your sight.
And confidently too, I hope for this blessing through your divine Son,
since Jesus is the lover of the little children and has said that we should allow them to come to him.
It is for this blessing that I beg you to join to my petitions your own holy intercession,
that I might be privileged to bring to Jesus a little one such as he so dearly loves,
that he may bless it, that he may bless me, also, in my motherhood,
and that he may then make us both grow in the wonders of his divine life.
Mother of Mothers, Pray for me!
God, our Creator, by your love the world is filled with life,
through your generosity one generation gives life to another,
and so are your wonders told and your praises sung.
We look to you in our love and in our need:
may it be your will that we bear (adopt) a child to share our home and faith.
Loving God, be close to us as we pray to love and do Your will.
You are our God, nourishing us forever and ever.
Printable Novena to St. Gerard
“Waiting for Gabriel” - Timothy O’Malley (Oblation)
“On Being Catholic and Infertile” - Jennifer Fulwiler (National Catholic Register)
“The Child: Begotten Not Manmade – Catholic Teaching on IVF” - Kathleen Curran Sweeny
“10 Things Other than IVF that Could Help a Couple Suffering with Infertility” - Elizabeth Kirk
"Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology" - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"Donum Vitae (On Respect for Human Life)" - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"Dignitas Personae (On Certain Bioethical Questions)" - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"Evangelium Vitae (On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life)" - Pope John Paul II
Catholic Infertility Journey (from the authors of The Infertility Companion for Catholics)
The Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears (Infertility, Miscarriage, Adoption)
Infertile Catholic (Secondary Infertility)
All You Who Hope (Infertility, Adoption)
A Martha Trying to Be Mary (Infertility, Miscarriage, Adoption)
This Cross I Embrace (Infertility, Adoption)
“The Cross of Infertility” - Catholic Answers Live with guest Dr. Marie Meaney
“Are You Struggling with Infertility?” - Catholic Answers Live with guest Dr. Thomas Hilgers
“Overcoming Infertility” - Catholic Answers Live with guest Dr. Thomas Hilgers
“NaPro Technology: A Solution for Infertility” - Catholic Answers Live with guest Dr. Thomas Hilgers
NFP & Procreative Tech
Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocesan NFP info
Creighton Model NFP FertilityCare System
Find a FertilityCare Teacher or Physician in Your Area
Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Center for Women’s Health
Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP (via Couple to Couple League International)
Billings Ovulation Method of NFP
Marquette Model of NFP
Find a Pro-Life OBGYN in Your Area
Prayers for After a Miscarriage
Seven Sorrows of Mary
“Miscarriage” Maureen Otrema, MA and Jim Otremba, MDiv, MS, LICSW (For Your Marriage, USCCB)
“Grieving Joy – Finding Peace in Miscarriage” Maureen Colleen McKeegan (Catholics United for the Faith)
“Five Myths About Miscarriage” (CatholicSistas.com)
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope
“Dealing with Miscarriage, Part 1” - Among Women Podcast with Author Pat Gohn and Karen Edmisten
“Dealing with Miscarriage, Part 2” - Among Women Podcast with Author Pat Gohn and Karen Edmisten
US Department of Heath and Human Services’ Child Welfare Information Gateway
(Facts and Info about Fostering and Domestic Adoption)
US State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs
(Information on International Adoption)
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
“The Adoption Option” - Catholic Answers Live with Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dealing with Suffering
“God’s Answer to Suffering” by Peter Kreeft
“A Pope’s Answer to the Problem of Pain” by Christopher Kaczor (Catholic Answers Magazine)
"Making Sense Out of Suffering" by Dr. Scott Hahn
"Suffering" by Fr. Damian Ference
"When Life Doesn’t Make Sense" by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Prayer in Marriage
Prayer in Marriage
Web Resources & Articles
A Marriage Blessing
“Praying with Your Spouse – A Brief Guide” by Dan Burke (Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction)
“Praying with Your Spouse Doesn’t Have to Be Hard” by Jared Dees (Together for Life)
“The Couple that Prays Together” by Julie McCarty (Catholic Online)
“Who Me, Pray?...With her?” by Jim and Susan Vogt (For Your Marriage)
“Prayer for Beginners” by Peter Kreeft
“What Every Couple Should Know About Marriage & Prayer” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Lighthouse Catholic Media)
“Praying the Rosary Like Never Before” by Dr. Edward Sri (Lighthouse Catholic Media)
For Your Marriage (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
"Love and Life in the Divine Plan" (Pastoral Letter from the USCCB)
Find Marriage Help Near You
Exceptional Marriages (Pastoral Solutions Institute)
Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Marriages
“Keep It Together: Advice from the Trenches” by Pete Vere (Catholic Answers Magazine)
“Spicing Up Married Life” by Fr. Leo Patalinghug
“Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards” by Dr. Ray Guarendi
“Hope for Hopeless Marriages” by Greg & Julie Alexander
“Husbands, Love Your Wives” by Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers
“For Better, Forever” by Dr. Gregory Popcak
Office of Family Life
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