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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Amateur Catholic prayers

[Update] I'm moving this back to the top for now. The last I had heard anything about Jack's condition was on Tuesday. This is what his Aunt Barb wrote:
Jack has made it through his first two days of chemo pretty well. However, tomorrow he is starting a new drug that the doctors know will probably make him very sick and miserable. He has to take it tomorrow and Thursday. Then Friday, they are going to put in a feeding tube because they know he's going to develop terrible sores in his throat and mouth and eating will be he simply won't feel like eating. They're hoping that he will be able to come home on Sunday. Then they wait and see if this chemo has done any good by doing another MRI. Hopefully, they will see some progress. If not, then they move on to the next step....

We are all so thankful for your prayers and kindness...
Please keep little Jack and his family in your prayers. Also, if you haven't been by Catholic Caveman the last couple of days, the Caveman's dad passed away and I'm sure he will appreciate your prayers.

Original post:

It's good to be Catholic. The paradox of being empowered by humility is truly beautiful. If only I was consistant at getting empowered! Nevertheless, I am writing this post to ask for your help again. We all have a multitude of prayer intentions, and I'm sure we're quick to respond to prayer requests even if it means saying a Hail Mary for someone on the spot. Sometimes though, certain situations strike you hard and require you to act accordingly. Recently, I have come across one of those situations and I would like to share it with you in hope that you will make it your cause too.

First, the story (from DarwinCatholic):
BarbfromCincy, one of our faithful commenters, passed along a prayer request for her nephew Jack.
Jack, who is only 8, was diagnosed with brain cancer last May. He had surgery and has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment since. Last Wednesday, we found out that there is another spot on his brain in a different spot. He is having surgery again today to do a biopsy and see what, if anything, they can do. If the cancer is back, his prognosis is very poor. He has been really patient through all of this and never complains. We would greatly appreciate any prayers you could send his way.
Please keep Jack and his family (and his aunt Barb!) in your prayers. I'll post any updates as I get them.

UPDATE: Barb posts in the comments below:
It definitely is cancer again, unfortunately...the surgeon could see spots on his brain on the entire area he viewed. Very bad news..His parents are devastated. It is so hard to watch your child suffer and know that, without a miracle, you're going to lose them...
Thanks to all who have prayed for him...we appreciate it greatly.
Now the request:

It seems that Jack is in need of a miracle, so please pray for him (and his family), but if you would be so kind, we would like you to all to join us in praying a novena to Ven. Louis ans Zelie Martin (St. Therese's parents). MrsDarwin composed a beautiful little prayer to Ven. Louis and Zelie on Jack's behalf:
Venerable Louis and Zelie Martin, Servants of God,
You offered many prayers for your own sick children.
We unite our prayers with yours for Jack's healing.
May God look favorably on your intercession and, in His Mercy, grant us our request.
May His will be done in all things.

Venerable Louis and Zelie, pray for us!
You B-Teamers really pulled through the last time I put up a request for help - please, let's do it again. Feel free to post the prayer and request on your own blogs too. And it doesn't matter which day you start the novena, so don't feel like you missed the opportunity if you're reading this a few days after it being posted.

Also, please pray for B-Teamer Vir Speluncae Catholicus' father who is dying - and the family of course.

Thank you and God bless you.


At 5/15/2006 5:31 PM, Anonymous the anchoress said...

will link and beg prayers on my site

At 5/16/2006 7:34 AM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

Thank you, Anchoress. And thank you to all who have prayed (and encouraged others to). I'm quite sure Jack's family appreciates it.

Barb said that Jack was to begin some heavy-duty chemo treatments yesterday (Monday) and would be in the hospital for at least 4 days. I can't imagine...

At 5/17/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger The Ironic Catholic said...

I put a link in my sidebar too. That is unbearably sad. I'll pray for a miracle.


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