Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday request

Please pray for Izak, in his nineties, who shot his wife who has Alzheimer's and then shot himself.  She did not die, but he did.  Please pray for his soul and for the wife for a peaceful death or recovery - whatever is God's will. Thank you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday request

I saw in the paper that a young man 21 years old hanged himself in a tree here.  No name was listed, but God knows who he is.   Please pray for the repose of his soul, for his family, and for the person who found him.  Thank you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Praying Backwards

Forgive me if I already posted this, but I don't think I did.

A few months ago, I found a little gem of a book in the “free” stuff outside our Adoration chapel. The little book is a book of Carmelite mediations. It has no copyright, but it does have a Nihil Obstat and an Imprimatur from 1965. As I glanced through the meditation titles, one particular one caught my attention. It was titled “Praying Backwards.” As soon as I read it, I knew it was too good to keep to my...self. 

                                               PRAYING BACKWARDS
We can never have too much confidence in the good God; He is so mighty and so merciful; as we hope in Him, so shall we receive." St. Therese
There is no such thing as time in God's sight. Time is only for us to use as a path to eternity. For God there is no past or future; all persons and events are before His eyes this present moment and every moment. Christ, as we know, was comforted by our love and reparation as well as grieved by our sins during His Passion. This thought should be a great consolation to us, especially when we are worried about the salvation of a loved one. Was that soul prepared for death? . . . Did I pray enough? . . . Did I sacrifice enough? ... If only I had done more we say to ourselves anxiously over and over again. In¬stead of grieving as one who has no hope, we should realize that there is still time to pray and will be time as long as we live.
Let us trust then in God's eternal mercy and pray and sacrifice as though that loved one were still on earth. No matter how great our love for that soul, God's love is infinitely greater. He sees our tears, He hears our prayers, and He will judge with a just but loving judgment.

I think it is very comforting to know this, especially when praying for those who have committed suicide. How consoling to know we can still pray for their eternal salvation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday requests

Update on Ed who shot himself in the mouth - he has since died.  Please pray for the repose of his soul and for is family.  Thank you.

From another group, please pray for this poor man and all who love him:
a man who lost years of sobriety when his wife died of cancer, and who, 40 days later, took his own life on her grave. Prayers for them both and for all his family left behind, especially his brother, a priest.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday request

This was posted as a comment under last Monday's request but few people will see it, so I am re-posting here:

Please pray for Barry, Catherine, Claire, Mary, Elizabeth and Kathleen, family & friends who committed suicide in past years. Please also pray for Martin, Margaret & Pio who are struggling with strong suicidal temptations. May God keep them close to his merciful heart.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday request

Gail, whom we have been praying for since January of 2103, called me tonight, very desperate, and asked me to post her phone number. She wants someone to call her who can pray with her on the phone and be a friend to her. Her number in Worcester, MA is 774-502-5229. (Please be aware of  difference in time zones - my comment).   Thanks.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday request

This request is from another group I belong to:

Please pray for Ed and his family.  Ed put a gun in his mouth and shot it this week.  He survived but needs prayers.  Thank you. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday request

From the Facebook group:

Two suicides stun one Kansas high school in two days.
Ciara took her own life in her Kansas home on Friday. Her friends immediately took to social media to vent their grief and confusion but were soon told of their friend Cady's death.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday request

Gail, who has asked for prayers before, is asking for prayers again because she is feeling "very suicidal."  Thank you.

Someone sent me this prayer request:  Please pray for John. He has severe depression and is suicidal. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day request

From the Facebook group:

Please pray for Christopher H.  who suffers from mental illness, disappeared after lunch on Sunday , he is suicidal, has not been seen or heard of since. Thanks.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday request

From the Facebook group:

Please pray for Brandon who is in serious trouble with the law, he has been on suicide watch. thank you

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday request

I got this request from another group I belong to:

Please pray for the soul of a man named Phil ,close friend of  Catherine who found that he hung himself in her backyard. Please pray for Catherine also.  Thank you. Please pray for the soul of a man named Phil ,close friend of  Catherine who found that he hung himself in her backyard. Please pray for Catherine also.  Thank you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday request

Please pray for the souls of Brittany who used assisted suicide to end her life because of brain cancer.  Thank you.