One miracle in particular explains whyÌ_Gerard became known as the special patron of mothers. A few months before his death, Gerard visited the Pirofalo family and accidentally dropped his handkerchief. One of the Pirofalo girls spotted the handkerchief moments after he had left the house, and she ran after Gerard to return it. "Keep it", he said to her. "You may need it some day". Years later when the girl now a married woman was on the verge of losing her life in childbirth, she remembered the words of the saintly lay brother. She asked for the handkerchief to be brought to her. Almost immediately the pain disappeared and she gave birth to a healthy child. This was no small feat in an era when only one out of three pregnancies resulted in a live birth, and word of the miracle spread quickly. Ì_Because of the miracles God worked through Gerard's prayers with mothers, the mothers of Italy took Gerard to their hearts and made him their patron. At the process of his beatification one witness testified that he was known as the saint of happy childbirth. This devotion has become very popular in North America, both in the United States and Canada.
Our sun catchers delight all year round: hanging in a window or from a tree in your garden, they look beautiful and bring a smile or memory to whom ever gazes upon them. This ornament makes a great gift for friends or yourself. Ì_Ì_
Approximately 4.25" in diameter and a quarter inch thick, weighing 4 oz or more, these are heavy as one would expect from a quality piece. Ì_The glass is individually hand pressed from molds that are engraved in relief. Ì_Individual variations such as bubbles and shearÌ_marks occur naturally in the process of gathering the glass, distinguishing each as handmade. Ì_Ì_
Each sun catcher comes in our gloss white Mission Glass Works Gift box.