A reader suggests a novena…

for the bombers:

I’m writing to propose we hold a Divine Mercy novena starting tomorrow for the Boston Marathon bombers, and to ask if you could promote this on your blog. It would run Saturday 4/20 – Sunday 4/28.

Don’t see why not. If anybody is at risk for the everlasting fires of hell, it’s those guys. I think it would be good to also pray for the dead, wounded, and traumatized too.

Father, hear our prayer through your Son Jesus Christ. Mother Mary and St. Michael, pray for us!

Also a reader writes:

Please pray for my godson who is supposed to make his First Communion next month. My husband and I recently learned that he does not believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. His catechists are teaching him right but his mother and grandmother are calling the host a “cookie” because they think calling it a “dead body” will scare him. Please pray for these women also, that their faith will increase and they too will believe in the True Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist.

I’m looking for resources to give to the mother to help her and her son. If you have any suggestions please let me know!

Thank you so much!

Father, help this little one get a sense of what the Real Presence really means and get past any bad catechesis or childish misperception that may be confusing him. Mother Mary and St. Thomas, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Lizzie Scalia (aka “The Anchoress, aka “Fearless Leader of the Patheos Catholic Channel”)…
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  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    I think I’ll flip it around a bit. I’ll continue to focus on the dead, wounded, traumatized and shattered lives, and also remember the bombers, especially their families and loved ones. I’ll certainly pray for the young man, and for all these young ones embarking on a life of faith in a cynical age.

  • Kirt Higdon

    Count me on.

    Kirt Higdon

  • Richard C.

    For the godson, would it help to say it’s a living Body (which It is)?

  • Knower

    Come on, doggone it! Let’s stop all talk about somebody being “AT RISK for the everlasting fires of hell”! For: once it’s understood that God, the “Hound of Heaven”, earnestly desires each human to be saved, and that no one frustrates this divine desire except by his own final and utterly freely chosen obstinacy in sin, — once this is understood, it’s simply absurd to think in terms of anyone being at a greater or at a lesser “risk” of damnation. Self-evidently, free choice is simply not in the least a matter of statistical probability or “chance”. For when it comes to utterly free option, all statistical calculation goes out the window.
    Let’s indeed pray for the bombers, but on account of their being greatly in need of the Hound of Heaven’s mercy, and not because of some absurdity.

  • http://pavelspoetry.com Pavel Chichikov

    It is not wise to meddle in God’s business.

  • Fiestamom

    For the godparent concerned with the First Communicant. There is a book called Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz. It has documented miracles all the way thru the 1970′s. Hope this helps.

  • Cheri

    Regarding the Eucharist, if he’s old enough to receive he’s old enough to be taught the truth. The mother and grandmother need to read John chapter 6 and reflect on how, even though his followers and disciples were leaving, Jesus still reiterated that it’s really his body and blood. Praying for that family.

    • Rosemarie


      Could someone point out to the child, mother and grandmother that Jesus is not dead anymore? (Aren’t we still proclaiming that during the whole Paschal Season?) Therefore the Host is not the “dead body” of Jesus; it is our Risen Lord fully present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

  • S. Murphy

    I’m in on the novena

  • http://puffsstuff.blogspot.ca Puff the Magic Dragon

    Pavel: We need to stop meddling in God’s affairs? What the ??? We constantly pray to God so that he doesn’t do what we are afraid He will do, or do what He might not want to do. That is meddling in God’s affairs. He’s God. When we pray we pray, in short, Dear Lord, You can do this, if you want to, please want to or don’t want to, depending on the particular situation.