I know-- everyone wants more personal information about me, thetimman.
Maybe not. Buuuuut, since you are either Catholic or are interested enough in this blogger to read this stuff, I ask your brief indulgence.
As you know my wife is expecting our 97th child, and latest reports from the OB are good, thank God. But I wanted to just post this prayer for expectant mothers, all of whom could use our prayers.
Furthermore, there has been a bumper crop of pregnancies at the Oratory this year. I believe the number of Oratory ladies delivering a baby from 2013 through February of 2014 (when ol' Sharon's confinement ends) has reached 21.
Your guess is as good as mine. 'Nuff said.
Finally, my partner (that's law partner) is delivering by C-section this morning.
And some of the babies have needed some medical attention, and could use prayers, too.
If in your charity you might raise a brief prayer for them all, God bless you.
Prayer to St. Anthony for the Health of an Expectant Mother and Her Unborn Child
Glorious St. Anthony, you were blessed to hold the Infant Jesus in your arms. I come to you now on behalf of (mention name) who pleads for the health and safety of the child that God has graced her to conceive.
St. Anthony, guard this life God has created, and the mother God has chosen for this child. Let your gentle hand, like that of a skilled physician, aid in her delivery so that this baby will know good health and lasting happiness.
May her child be favored with the grace of holy baptism, and grow to love our Lord Jesus Christ above all else in this world. Amen.