Word for Word 5/27/20

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

Peace of Mind - Peace of Soul

Dear Friends!

Please know that you are loved by an old priest.

I have discovered over these many years that the beauty of a Christian lies in the extent that that life is lived in a loving  union and in the imitation of the life of Jesus Christ, lived during the best of times and the worst of times.

Right now we are living in one of those “worst of times” dealing with this coronavirus.

So how do we imitate and identify our lives with Jesus Christ during this epidemic? Do what Jesus did when He faced horrible situations, especially when He faced His own passion and death. He prayed to the Heavenly Father for grace. He prayed for the will of the Heavenly Father be done. “Father not my will but thine be done.”

I would like to offer a few of the references from the Bible: The Psalms. Start with Psalm 54:2. The Gospels: Matthew 26:39-42-44, Mark 1:35, 5:18, 9:29, 14:35-39, Luke 5:13-16, 9:29, 18:11, 22:32, 41,44.

I would like to offer a Prayer of Petition that is being used by the Holy Family of the Bluff Parishes: Lansing, New Albin, Wexford and Harpers Ferry.

We could all join together in prayer.

Response to daily intention: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on us.

Intentions
1. For all sick and lonely persons that they may experience the healing hands of the Lord Jesus. Response
2. For those who are ill among my family and friends, that they be restored to full health: physically, mentally and spiritually. Response
3. For the well-being of all who care for the sick: doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, EMTs, spouses and caregivers. Response
4. For the homebound, the bedridden, those in nursing homes, and all who rely on others for their needs. Response
5. For those who suffer due to coronavirus or a serious disease: that God’s loving spirit may radiate within them. Response
6. For those who are disabled: that they reach out in faith to touch the hem of the Lord’s garment and know His power. Response
7. For persons who are physically fit but are suffering from depression, mental anguish or an addiction: that the Lord grant them His peace and give them courage to become whole again. Response
8. For government officials and legislators, that they will pass laws to provide for research and dignified care for the elderly, chronically ill, those diagnosed with COVID-19, and the homeless. Response
9. For the grace of God to help us in accepting our suffering and that of our loved ones as a way to draw closer to Him. Response

Jesus, You are God’s gift of Healing Love. While on earth, You healed the sick and afflicted who came to You for help. I believe that You continue to heal the sick today. Heal me and those for whom I pray. Amen.

Let’s storm Heaven with this prayer.
 
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Lansing

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