May 02, 2009

Aussie and Hawkeyes

I find myself a little somber this morning. Even though a week of rain has finally broken, emails
and news of the health of a dear friend have me wondering.

This first is an email from a great guy in Austrailia. Terry, a PCa survivor. He runs this great website, "You Are Not Alone" or YANA. I found it four years ago when I was first diagnosed. It really helped to read stories of other men, with similar diagnosis.

Terry recently wrote his thoughts on death and dying:

I have only read parts of it, as I can't make myself read it all. The piece has stirred up a lot of
fantastic conversation.

The second bit of news requires a call for prayers. A dear friend of ours is battling Sarcoma.
He is home with his family and hospice has been brought in to assist. His dear wife is seeking
the help of one more hospital and I ask you to join me in praying that they are able to offer help.
He is a wonderful man, with an infectious smile. Though we haven't seen them recently, I can picture his face and see his smile as if he were sitting right here with me this morning.

This is for you Mark, go Hawkeyes!

Prayer to Saint Peregrine ~ Patron Saint to cancer patients
O great St. Peregrine,
you have been called "The Mighty,"
"The Wonder-Worker,"
because of the numerous miracles
which you have obtained from God
for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years
you bore in your own flesh
this cancerous disease
that destroys the very fiber of our being,
and who had recourse
to the source of all grace
when the power of man could do no more.

You were favored with the vision of Jesus
coming down from His Cross
to heal your affliction.

Ask of God and Our Lady,
the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession,
we shall sing to God,
now and for all eternity,
a song of gratitude
for His great goodness and mercy.

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