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For Healing

Gracious Lord, remember in your mercy those who suffer today. Give strength and
encouragement to those who minister to their needs. Remember your promise not
to let them be tested beyond what they are able to bear. Above all, give them the
reassurance that you are with them as they walk through this valley of the shadows
of death. And in your good time send healing of body and spirit. [Name those who
need healing or help in their suffering.] In Jesus’ name, Amen.

For the Sick

God of mercy, when I’m sick I often find it hard to pray. So I offer this moment
of prayer when I’m well for all those who may now be too weak, too tired or too
depressed to pray and to believe at this time in your goodness and mercy. May this
be a healing moment for them, as it was for the woman in the Gospel who touched
the hem of your garment. Amen.
Sr. Marguerite Zralek, OP

For Confidence in Prayer

O Jesus, your disciples often found you at prayer, and so they asked you to teach
them how to do it. Help me to pray in confidence to the Father, just as you did.
When I am facing my own agony of doubt and fear, pray with me so that I find
courage and hope. When my life leads me to the cross, take my hand so that my
heart stays strong. Most of all, strengthen my resolve to pray: Not my will, but
yours be done. Amen.

For Confidence in the Future

Lord, you have been with me from the very beginning, and you will be there at the
very end. Looking back over my life, I can see that you were with me even when I
was unaware of your presence, guiding me and drawing me closer to you. Give me
courage and confidence in my future, believing that your hand is upon me.


Seasons of Hope: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups [Guidebook]; A parish-based guidebook which discusses how to facilitate bereavement support groups that are Christ-centered and based on Catholic tradition. For more information: 1-800-282-1865 x1 or http://www.avemariapress.com/

Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith. Author: Lorene Hanley Duquin (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2006). For more information: 1-800-348-2440 or   https://www.osv.com/ or https://www.osvcatholicbookstore.com/OSVAuthors/LoreneHanleyDuquin

  National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved: Offers spiritual support, and the comfort and care of God to all who mourn a loss through death. For more information: 1- 314-638-2638 or http://www.griefwork.org/

The Compassionate Friends: A national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers support to bereaved parents and family members. Provides information, resources, and online support groups. For more information: 1-877-969-0010 or nationaloffice@compassionatefriends.org or http://www.compassionatefriends.org/   

 CareNotes: Small booklets and additional spiritual resources which offer support during times of grief or illness. For more information: 1-800-325-2511 or www.carenotes.com