Apparently they are my new BFFs :)
My breath was taken away yesterday. First, as I sat in the pews of my hometown parish and listened to my almost-14 year old goddaughter renew her baptismal vows during her Confirmation - and remembered a time not too long ago when I was saying those vows for her, holding her in my arms... wow. Unreal. And so beautiful.
But then, as I glanced around my gorgeous parish, it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks. There, on the left side of the altar, a giant statue of Saint Anthony. And there, on the right side of the altar, a giant statue of Saint Rita.
Two Saints who I recently discovered to be Patron Saints for Infertility and Barren Women.
Two Saints to whom I've been praying Novenas for just a few weeks.
Two Saints who were with us from the very beginning, quite literally FLANKING us when we were married at that altar 5 years ago.
I have a feeling they will be very powerful in my life from this point on. Our own "St Rita's Roses" told me she thinks Saint Rita's been trying to BFF me ;) I'll take it!
Oh, and speaking of St. Rita's Roses - go share in her happy news if you haven't already!! What a story for the history books! I just love how all of these faithful Catholic women who become mothers through adoption and or who become pregnant have equally miraculous stories - such a testament!
And might I remind you all that on April 28th, 2011 I sat next to St. Rita's Roses and her DH at St Gianna's feast day Mass at her shrine - I prayed for them during the Eucharist.
And on April 28th, 2009, I sat next to All You Who Hope and her DH at St. Gianna's feast day Mass at her shrine - and I prayed for them during the Eucharist.
Coincidence? I think not.
JellyBelly, I know what you're thinking. But I think we missed that loophole of attending Mass together at her shrine on a day OTHER THAN her feast day. You'll just have to come back with me next April 28th.
Anyone else wanna get in on this action?? ;)