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I was raised Catholic, and I find great comfort in praying to the Saints. Knowing that there is someone special in heaven praying for me and advocating for me to Jesus is blessing. It doesn’t mean I can’t pray directly to Jesus . . . it just means I get a little extra special attention from someone who cares about me and my prayers.
I recently learned about St. Catherine of Sweden- patron saint for those who have suffered a miscarriage. Her feast day is March 24, so I wanted to celebrate it by posting about her.
St. Catherine was a Swedish princess and the daughter of St. Bridget of Sweden. She was married at age 13, but she and her husband both took mutual vows of perpetual chastity. Her husband died, and she followed her mother around Europe doing Christ’s work. During that time she worked with the poor and taught them life skills and Christianity. As her mother did, she counseled women who had suffered a miscarriage or illness during their pregnancy.
There are prayers to her for both avoiding miscarriages, and for healing after a miscarriage. Both are shared below.
If you are looking for ways to connect with St. Catherine of Sweden, consider acquiring a prayer card or a medal to wear on a necklace. If you are lucky enough to have a large Catholic store near you, you will likely find better prices there than on Amazon.
If you have had a miscarriage, I am so sorry. Make sure to click over to my post on Emotional Healing After Miscarriage for more ideas on healing.
If you have experienced a miscarriage, there is a sweet and simple prayer to St. Catherine of Sweden asking for healing and consolation.
Prayer to St. Catherine of Sweden for Healing and Consolation after Miscarriage
Dear Saint Catherine, patron of those who have suffered a miscarriage, you know the dangers that await unborn infants.
Please intercede for me that I may receive healing from the loss I have suffered.
My soul has been deprived of peace and I have forgotten what true happiness is.
As I mourn the loss of my child, I place myself in the hands of God and ask for strength to accept His will in all things, for consolation in my grief, and for peace in my sorrow.
Glorious Saint Catherine, hear my prayers and ask that God, in good time, grant me a healthy baby who will become a true child of God.
Prayer to St. Catherine of Sweden for a Healthy Pregnancy and for Avoiding Miscarriage
Dear Saint Catherine, you know the temptations of mothers today as well as the dangers that await unborn infants.
Intercede for me that I may avoid miscarriage and bring forth a healthy baby who will become a true child of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank and praise You for the gift of all human life.
I am most especially grateful for the new life within my womb – the unborn child forming deep within me.
Through the prayers of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the intercession of Saint Catherine of Sweden, I beg You to watch over and protect this little one inside my womb.
In Jesus’ Name.