As soon as this sweet little guy woke up, he came to me and said....
"9 more days until *baby* is born!!!! And then after this day, 8 more days. And then 7 days. And then 6 days. And then 5 days. And then 4 days....."If you know me or have read my blog before where I have shared about my multiple c-sections and pregnancies, then you know we are in need of prayers. There are many, many risks involved both right now, up until delivery day, and also during the delivery, as this will be my 8th c-section. Because we live in the Peoria Diocese and are huge fans of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, we have chosen him as our little guy's heavenly patron. Throughout the pregnancy, we have asked him to intercede for us and for you to jump in and pray for his intercession as well. And, as amazing as it is to share - this pregnancy HAS been easier than my last 2!!! A lot fewer trips to L&D and other than normal pregnancy pains/complaints, no crazy scares related to my high risks. We are trusting Our Lord that these next 9 days and delivery will remain the same, and can thank Ven. Fulton J. Sheen for working hard up There praying for us!!
When I posted that cutsie picture and quote from above, a good friend reminded me of the significance of 9 and needing to start a novena to our little guy's patron, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. Will you join us?? Today is day 1....
Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. In every age, You raise up men and women outstanding in holiness, whose faithful service has contributed significantly to the mission of the Church. In this very way, You used the life and work of Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen. He inspired great numbers of Catholics and other people of good will to grow in virtue and lead lives pleasing to You and of service to their brothers and sisters in need. He encouraged them to embrace the 'Gospel of Life' by recognizing that in all its circumstances, 'Life is worth living.'
If it be according to Your Will, Eternal Father, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession
for a safe and healthy remainder of the pregnancy and delivery in 9 days of baby Young one.
I make this prayer confidently in Jesus' Name, through the merits of His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
++Thank you, God, for the strength and ease you have brought to this pregnancy so far and our beautiful little blessing you have given us and all of our young ones. Thank you for all the people praying and interceding for us for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery, especially Venerable Fulton J. Sheen!!++