O Blessed Padre Pio,
holy bearer of the wounds of Christ,
accept us this day as your spiritual sons and daughters
and keep us always on the Little Way by your intercession.
And do thou, O our Spiritual Father,
relieve our suffering and the suffering of those we love, and then
stay there at the Gates of Heaven, as you promised,
until all of your spiritual children have entered through,
even and including us and all those we love.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
And . . . (just to keep Our Lady in the loop) -
Blessed Mother of those whose names you can read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. Amen.
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And just for good measure:
Little Flower, in this hour, show your power!
I've recently been apprised of three very urgent prayer requests . . . one is for a little boy who will have an important medical appointment tomorrow. Please join me (you already have!) in praying that the angels accompany him and enlighten his caregivers and care-team to help him get well and heal from the added trauma of longtime illness and suffering and all the endless appointments and disappointments that go with this cross. Ah, Jesus, we love You, but how about some roses???
Meanwhile, my father-in-law is getting his first chemo treatment today. May the angels support him too, and strengthen him to come through in good form, allowing for more cancer-quelling chemo in the weeks to come. Ah, and may these dear angels, our guardians and guides, bring him and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law the peace of Christ in the days and weeks to come . . . .
Finally, the last of the three intentions at the top of today's list::
please, please, please storm heaven for a little girl named Ida.
She is in critical condition, she is only four, and her parents (and older sisters) need the help of yet more angels, so that they may come through this scary moment with confidence and peace. Ah, St. Raphael, ah St. Padre Pio! Come to the aid of dear Ida and her family. Bring Ida back to full health and her family back to their regular round of joyful loving and cheerful service. We pray too, for all those involved in Ida's care and all those who are close to her family - may their suffering be alleviated, may their faith be strengthened, and may they see God's mercy triumph, His Love healing dear Ida as it healed so many when He walked on earth.
It is such a privilege to share these intentions with you. Please know that your intentions, even those hidden in the depths of your heart, are included here too! How good God is to encourage us to pray always, and to give us intercessors to help keep the conversation with Him going.
Little Marcel, hidden apostle of love, we trust you to badger Little Jesus until He grants all our petitions! And in the interims of reminding Him of our needs, please help our sister Therese shower us all with heavenly and earthly roses, so that we remember how near God is, and how quickly He will come to our aid!
Darling Little Jesus - draw me, we will run!!!
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