Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Reporting Some Sad News

I wanted to report to all of our readers some sad news. Fr. J.C. Garrett, former East Coast coorespondant for CRM, emailed me with the news that his father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He requested your prayers for his father and for his family. As the family is asking the intercession of John Paul the Great to cure Mr. Garrett, I thought the following prayer would be helpful.

God of Mercy and of Justice,
you graciously deigned to give to your Church a firm foundation stone as she travels
her pilgrim way in the world.
Your Son called Simon the Apostle, Peter, making him the rock upon which the Church would be founded.
In the successors of St. Peter, we hear you speaking, strengthening the faith of your children, demonstrating that you have not left us orphans.
You have, in every age and in every place, led the people claimed by your Son
through the visible shepherd of our unity.
We praise you for your generous care for our souls.

In our own time, you have blessed the Church with an outstanding example of truth and virtue in the person of John Paul II.
He made of himself a gift, freely and totally given, to your Son through His Blessed Mother.
Despite sorrow in his life, he has called us, in your name, to be not afraid,
to set out into deep water, to not settle for mediocrity.
We praise you and thank you for your generosity.

If it be in accordance with your will, raise this holy man to the glories of the altar.
Manifest in our times signs and wonders which demonstrate that he rests now in the glory of Heaven.
By his intercession, I bring my petition to you. (Mention your petition here.)

Glory and honor to you, through your Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit,
now and until the ages of man run dry.

We ask these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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