Blessed Stanislaus and Me
Over the years, many Marian Helpers have sent us acknowledgements of graces received through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception whose feast day we celebrate May 18.
The following is one such acknowledgement. It is from Susan Bender, a homemaker, who lives with her husband and two sons — including Michael — in Ojai, Ca.:
It was March 18, 2002. I was in my 20th week of pregnancy with my son Michael when a specialist told me, following an ultrasound, that my baby would not survive. He would most likely die in utero. A Doppler flow study showed gaps in the blood flow through the umbilical cord, and the doctor said that the condition was "non-reversible."
I was devastated. Along with seeking a second medical opinion, I called my mother in Baltimore, Md. She faxed my husband and me a prayer to Fr. Stanislaus Papczynski. My mother told me, "I'm going to start to say this prayer for the baby. I'll pray that there will be no gaps in the blood flow."
Well, on a visit to the second specialist, we learned there were no gaps in the blood flow! The night before that visit, as I looked toward the bedroom door, I saw a slender man in a white robe with one hand held up. The figure moved toward the door and vanished. Nothing like this had ever happened to me. I know it wasn't a dream. Father Stanislaus seemed to be reassuring me, "Everything is going to be fine."
And it was and is fine. Michael was born on June 17, 2002, at 32 weeks. He is now a perfectly normal little boy who has just started kindergarten.
This is why I am so happy to hear of the beatification of Blessed Stanislaus.
The following is the Prayer through the Intercession of Bl. Stanislaus Papczynski:
Our Lord and God, in consideration of Your Servant, Blessed Stanislaus, who, in spite of many obstacles, trusting in the help of Your Providence, faithfully followed in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, and of His Mother Mary, Conceived Immaculate, grant us this grace that we may be marked by an unwavering trust in Your omnipotence, goodness, and faithfulness, especially when You lead us upon a thorny road towards the glorious promises of Your love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please send news about any graces received through the intercession of Bl. Stanislaus Papczynski to: firstname.lastname@example.org.