O Most Blessed Trinity, I your unworthy creature, thank you for all the gifts and privileges which you have granted to Saint Gerard, especially for those virtues with which you have adorned him on earth and the glory which you impart to him in heaven.
Accomplish your work, O Lord, for the greater glory of the Holy Church.
Glorify him before men and women and through his merits, in union with those of Jesus and Mary, grant me the grace for which I ask for the full recovery of baby Eric and his mother Heidi.
And you, my powerful intercessor St. Gerard, always so ready to help those who have recourse to you, pray also for me.
Prostrate yourself before the throne of Divine Mercy and please do not leave it without being heard.
To you I confide this important and urgent affair.
Graciously take my cause in hand and let me not end this novena without having experienced in some way the effects of your intercession.
As you may recall, Clara was born at 30 weeks as well. And while we weren't around for the first few days, which may have been very touch-and-go, I can imagine how tough it must be to watch your tiny baby get all sorts of interventions. I pray that little Eric pulls through as miraculously as Clara has.
And, while no where near as urgent, if you have a second, please add a little prayer for Clara. She has a terrible diaper rash that is causing her extreme discomfort. It may be an infection, and she has a doctor's appointment tomorrow to find out (the doctor's already seen her once for it and we've tried all over-the-counter remedies we can). But tonight she spiked a fever and I freaked out for a while thinking you add THREE points to an underarm reading. It's actually one, and that makes a big difference. An ear infection she had last week may have returned, I'm not sure. We shall see. I'm just hoping they can give her something to make her bottom more comfortable, poor baby.
So thank you so much for the prayers. This blogging community is well known among my family and friends for powerful prayers, so it means a lot to them that you take the time to add these special intentions to your own. Hopefully I'll let you know how our friend and her new baby are doing in the near future.