November 02, 2006

She asked John Paul II to pray: her husband's cancer then disappeared

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7 Comments:

Blogger glorybe said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. I will ask Holy Father to pray for my friend, Jane, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her children are only 7 and 5 years old.
Could you please pray for her too, Father? Thanks...

10:25 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The Opening Prayer from the Mass for the Sick.

Father,
you Son accepted our sufferings
to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness.
Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters.
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease
realize that they are chosen to be saints,
and know that they are joined to Christ
in his suffering for the salvation of the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

10:32 AM  
Blogger beez said...

Is there any doubt among the faithful that John Paul II lived a life of heroic virtue? I would argue, and few non-Catholics would debate, that John Paul II is already in Heaven. He was (and still is) an excellent, modern example of placing trust in Mary and Christ, Jesus.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous weHot said...

It is important to note that this holy man, not only served as a great example when he was with us on Earth, but will continue to serve, even to a greater extent, as a saint. Millions of people will be able to say they knew a saint in their liftime. This is so true for me and my family. John Paul's impact on humanity will continue forever. Today's news is a true blessing.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Panda Rosa said...

Bless the good John Paul for touching this soul. Me, I've asked him for help with a lot of emotional truama, but somehow that's less easy to demonstrate.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, can you explain the crucifix Pope John Paul II carried. What is it's history. Why did he choose this one and not the more traditional one (or the one that is more familiar to us lay folk)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

In the early centuries of the Church, it appears that popes used the crosier on some occasions.

However, Pope Innocent III in the eleventh century mentioned that in his day it was no longer in use by the pope.

Nonetheless, the crosier subsequently came back into the usage of the popes.

Pope Paul VI in the 1960’s replaced the traditional form of the crosier with the pastoral staff that all the popes since then have used: a crucifix on a staff. If you examine closely the pope’s pastoral staff you will see the top of the cross is slightly curved, as if to suggest the slight beginning of a traditional curved crosier.

2:39 PM  

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