A reader writes:
A relative of mine suffers from a mental illness and is undergoing unusually severe inward turmoil lately. We have no idea why. It may be related to changes in his medication, but since these have had other, positive results as well, like weight loss and greater activity, we would hate to change it back again. If anyone could say a prayer or two for his peace of mind, my family would deeply appreciate it.
Father, grant your servant complete healing of mind and body through Christ our Lord. Mother Mary and St. Dymphna, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Another reader writes:
My wife is 8 months pregnant with our first child, a boy. We have a lot of (most likely regular) day to day trials and are hoping to find a steadiness and balance in our home life with one another and with our child. In addition, we are looking to have her transition from her job to a stay-at-home one and, God willing, we eventually plan to buy a home. I’m humbly asking for prayers as a new husband/provider/father as I can be a little high strung and hard to live with when pressures come along. Any prayers for any of our intentions are very much appreciated and please know that you and your readers will remain in ours.
And finally, a reader writes:
Hi Mark, a prayer request for your readers. We had the anatomy ultrasound for our fifth child today, and s/he was diagnosed with bilateral club feet. It could be a LOT worse and we’re grateful that it’s not (the condition is 100% treatable and 95% of cases don’t require surgery) but we’re still reeling from the shock of being told our baby has a problem. Prayers for strength and courage for the journey ahead would be appreciated.
Father, hear our prayer for a safe delivery and for complete healing for this child. Grant mother and child good caregivers full of grace, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, skill, and compassion. Mother Mary, St. Luke, and St. Gerard, pray for them. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen!