The man and the spirit

St. Gerard Majella is the patron of pregnant women and children. There are many stories of remarkable healings attributed to him; stories of this man of faith that felt such an emotion for the mothers’ tears and the children’s cries that responded with the prayer of the heart: the one imbued with faith, that urges God to perform miracles.

The worship for him has gone beyond the Italian borders over the centuries and it is now widespread in America, Argentina, Canada, Australia and European countries.

His life was made of obedience, concealment, humiliation and fatigue: it was marked by the incessant desire to comply with the crucified Christ and do his will with joy.

The love for others and the suffering made him an exceptional and tireless healer that firstly heals the spirit - through the sacrament of reconciliation - and then the body, operating inexplicable healings.

The young Gerard was not erudite, he only learned to read, write and arithmetic when he was a child, but high-ranking clergy contended for him because there is no Divine Mystery that he could not simply and clearly explain.

Over his twenty-nine years of earthly life he has operated in many countries in the south of Italy, Campania, Puglia and Basilicata, in particular in Muro, Lacedonia, Santomenna, San Fele, Deliceto, Melfi, Atella, Ripacandida, Castelgrande, Corato, Monte Sant'Angelo, Naples, Calitri, Senerchia, Vietri of Potenza, Oliveto Citra, Auletta, San Gregorio Magno, Buccino, Caposele Materdomini. Each of these places professes a sincere devotion for him, for the miraculous events that took place there, facts related to the presence of the young man who was soon considered a saint on earth. There are several proofs of contemplative ecstasies over Jesus and Mary, who even lifted him from the ground.

He had the gift of prophecy, both when he had to announce an unexpected future vocation and when he wanted to redeem equally unexpected sinners.

His letters are documents of great theological value that find way into people’s hearts, his rule is an example of the full conformation to Christ. The same conformation that marked his ordeal and death, when he left this earth saying “I’m thirsty”.

St. Gerard Majella is the saint of all, both Catholics and atheists, he is the one to whom even the hardest heart - mortified by disappointment and plagued by skepticism - addresses a supplication if overwhelmed by the waves of the extreme need of the third millennium.