St Gerard Bethany Saints Wall Cross
Genuine pewter with prayer card.
St Gerard was the son of a tailor who died when the boy was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchins, but his health prevented it; accepted as a redemptorist lay Brother serving his order as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. When falsely accused by a pregnant woman of being the Father of her child, he retreated to silence; she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy. Reputed to bi-locate and read consciences. His last will consisted of the following small note on the door of his cell:
"here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills.
" Patronage: childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, good confessions, lay brothers, motherhood, mothers, pregnant women, pro-life movement, unborn children. <