Monday, April 10, 2006

Prayer Requests ....

...... Unfortunately, more of the same.

I mentioned earlier about Barbara, my mom's best friend since high school (if not before that), and how she was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My mom sent out an email saying that "Barbara is asking her friends to pray the following prayer that, through the intercession of John Paul II, she may be healed and provide the second miracle needed for his canonization." Now, I know there are folks of all different religious stripes out there, and that the whole praying-to-saints thing is a sometimes–misunderstood idea, so if it's not your thing .... no problem. But, if it is your thing .... wanna help storm heaven?

Prayer through the Intercession of Pope John Paul II

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

And, also on the mom front .... You may or may not recall that she had eye surgery right before Christmas for a macular hole in her left eye. Well, while the surgery was theoretically a success (they closed the hole), apparently the hole ended up being closed with scar tissue .... so now she can't even see the big E at the top of the eye chart. Not super-good, of course, but managable. Except that Friday, they did an "Oh, by the way, you have the same thing in your right eye." Good news is that insurance has already told her they'll pay for her to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins, but she's not sure when she'll be able to get an appointment yet. Hopefully, though, Hopkins will be able to do a little more for her. But she could use some prayers for herself, too.

4 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hey there. I haven't be by in a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinkin aboutcha.

I'll send out as many good vibes as I can to Barbara and your mom.

Just my own personal opinion, but JPII doesn't deserve to even come close to being cannonized. I think people should pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her picture is everywhere around here. Even on the back of pick up trucks. I think she would have some major pull.

4/11/2006 12:13 AM  
Blogger T.O. said...

Barbara is in my prayers, and your mom especially is since I know how scary that can be (one year ago today I had my most recent hole closed, and the only remaining effect is a dark spot covering the bottom quarter of my eye in dim lighting.)

4/11/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger HeyJules said...

Steph, praying here for both of them! My mother also has the same eye condition but hasn't needed surgery yet at this point. I assume when she gets to the point where she can no longer quilt, she'll give in and look into the surgery then.

4/11/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

As much as I didn't agree with old JP on many things, maybe he'll accept some belated greetings on behalf of your mom and her friend.

4/11/2006 10:53 PM  

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