I realize I have readers from all over the world who hold a whole host of religious beliefs. Although I certainly don't claim to be
a religious scholar, I have done some research on the saints which can help women and couples struggling with infertility or who are having
trouble getting pregnant. I said many prayers during the six years of trying to get pregnant and many of those prayers were directly to God
and some were to saints. Why should you pray to saints rather directly to God?
According to catholic.com: In addition to our prayers directly to God and Jesus (which are absolutely essential to the Christian life), there
are abundant reasons to ask our fellow Christians in heaven to pray for us. The Bible indicates that they are aware of our prayers, that they
intercede for us, and that their prayers are effective (else they would not be offered). It is only narrow-mindedness that suggests we should
refrain from asking our fellow Christians in heaven
to do what we already know them to be anxious and capable of doing...
...Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation,
John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb,
When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, I was bombarded with all of the negative outcomes and statistics
each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints"
(Rev. 5:8). Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.
It is usually recommended to read up on the life of a saint, so you understand their history and why they have reached sainthood.
Stay calm and focused and find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Compose your own prayer in your own words. Speak from your heart.
Conclude your prayer with "Amen".
Can non-Catholics and non-Christians pray to saints?
Yes, around the world, people are taught prayers and the Rosary even though they may not have been brought up Catholic or Christian.
They report finding peace and comfort in these prayers. It
is thought to be not just a benefit to them, but to the entire world.
See also: SEE ALSO, INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE
St. Anne was the Grandmother of Jesus Christ. She was the wife of Saint Joachim. St. Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and Mary was her only child.
The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was condemned by the Vatican in 1677.
Most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were married for 20 years and had no children, although they certainly wanted them.
The legend suggests that Anne prayed that if she were given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord's service.
An angel came to Anne and told her she would conceive a child.
They did have a child, again at an "elderly" age (although I can't seem to find how old she actually was) and of course named her Mary.
Even though they longed for this child, when Mary was three, they brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem where they left her to be brought up.
And, Mary became the mother of Jesus. Many infertile women and couples pray to St. Anne because not only did she succeed in getting pregnant
after many years
of wanting a child, but she also succeeded in having a baby at an older age.
Mary was the mother of Jesus. She conceived Jesus while a virgin. She married Joseph and went with him to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Her age
when giving birth was unknown. The Angel Gabriel appear to her to announce that she was selected to be the mother of Jesus.
Mary is frequently mentioned as "Our Lady of Perpetual Help". The title, Our Lady of Perpetual Help seems to have originated around the thirteenth century. Traditionally, the image is also known as “Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.” The icon depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion– St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns, and St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails.
In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother. He seeks comfort from His mother, as He sees the instruments of His passion. The position of Mary’s hands– both holding the Child Jesus and presenting Him to us– convey the reality of our Lord’s incarnation, that He is true God who became also true man. Many recorded miracles are attributed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Saint Rita of Cascia
Daughter of Antonio and Amata Lotti, a couple known as the Peacemakers of Jesus; they had Rita late in life.
From her early youth, Rita visited the Augustinian nuns at Cascia, Italy, and showed interest in a religious life.
However, when she was twelve, her parents betrothed her to Paolo Mancini, an ill-tempered, abusive individual who worked as town watchman,
and who was dragged into the political disputes of the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Disappointed but obedient, Rita married him when she was 18,
and was the mother of twin sons. She put up with Paolo’s abuses for eighteen years before he was ambushed and stabbed to death. Her sons swore
vengeance on the killers of their father, but through the prayers and interventions of Rita, they forgave the offenders.
Upon the deaths of her sons, Rita again felt the call to religious life. However, some of the sisters at the Augustinian monastery
were relatives of her husband’s murderers, and she was denied entry for fear of causing dissension. Asking for the intervention of Saint John the Baptist,
Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, she managed to bring the warring factions together, not completely, but sufficiently that there was peace, and she was admitted to the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalen at age 36.
Rita lived 40 years in the convent, spending her time in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region.
She was devoted to the Passion, and in response to a prayer to suffer as Christ, she received a chronic head wound that appeared to have been
caused by a crown of thorns, and which bled for 15 years.
Confined to her bed the last four years of her life, eating little more than the Eucharist,
teaching and directing the younger sisters. Near the end she had a visitor from her home town who asked
if she’d like anything; Rita’s only request was a rose from her family’s estate. The visitor went to the home, but it being January,
knew there was no hope of finding a flower; there, sprouted on an otherwise bare bush, was a single rose blossom.
Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations.
This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun, she buried her family,
helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled – and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him.
partially excerpted from: catholicsaints.info.
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In addition to St. Anne and St. Mary listed above, the following saints are associated with protecting a woman's pregnancy and helping in
St. Gerard Majella (Fertility and Pregnancy)
This humble servant of God also had faculties associated with certain mystics including, levitation, bi-location and the ability to read souls. His
charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ,
made him the perfect model of lay brothers.
Throughout his years of life, several reported miracles are tied to Majella including, restoring a boy's
life after he fell from a high cliff; blessing a poor farmer's crops, ridding it of mice; blessing a poor family's supply
of wheat, causing it to last until the next harvest; and he multiplied bread for the poor on several occasions.
Along with his miracles effected through prayers for woman in labor, Majella's last recorded miracle is one that many credit
toward his becoming the patron of expectant mothers. Shortly before his death, Majella encountered a young girl. He had dropped
his handkerchief and she set out to return it, only to be told to keep it. Majella told her she "may need it someday." Years after Majella's
passing, the young girl became married and with child. She unexpectedly went into labor and was on the verge of losing her baby. She called for
Majella's handkerchief to be applied to her. Almost immediately, her pain abated and she proceeded to give birth to a healthy child, something very rare
during that time.
His prayers are sought for the children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, and motherhood
Read more about St. Gerard Here (partially excerpted from catholic.org)
St. Raymond Nonnatus
Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth.
Hence his name non natus (not born).
in 1239, he was appointed Cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, but died at Cardona a short distance
from Barcelona the next year while on the way to Rome. He was canonized in 1657. He is the patron saint
of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth.
Although his mother died in labor, Raymond miraculously survived the ordeal.
(partially excerpted from catholic.org)
Saint Dominic of Silos
One of the most beloved of Spanish saints, there were churches and monasteries dedicated to him
as early as 1085, and the monastery he rebuilt is now known as Saint Dominic’s. Many miracles were
attributed to his prayers after his death, especially with regard to pregnancy. Dominic’s abbatial staff
was used to bless Spanish queens and was kept by their beds when they were in labour. Blessed Joan de Aza
de Guzmán prayed at his shrine to conceive the child whom she called Dominic, after the abbot of Silos,
and who founded the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). (partially excerpted from catholicsaints.info)
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