I had occasion to compose this novena on behalf of a friend of mine whose wife is ill, and am using it, also, for my family member who has peritoneal mesothelioma. I thought for the beginning of Lent, I’d share it. Caveat Emptor – there is no imprimatur, here, I just made the prayer up, so if it’s not theologically sound, I am to blame.
Holy Father, John Paul II, Shepherd and Teacher, you are now in glory in heaven, in the company of angels and saints. As in life you were bowed by illness in life, you are now bowed before the Throne of the Most High, in humble thanksgiving and praise. We remember you on earth, in your many holy works, and in your holy suffering. We your flock recall your prayerfulness, your energy, your charity and your boundless faith in the mercy and love of our Creator and Lord – a love which you preached in season and out, in sickness and in health, with passion and with pain. We ask you now to hear our prayers for (name intention) and to deliver them to the Throne of the Lord, reminding Him of the words his friends said to him during his earthly sojourn, “Lord, the one you love is sick…”
We trust that your faithful prayers will be acceptable to our Merciful God, and therefore plead for your assistance, that in all things God may be glorified.
Novenas are prayed for 9 consecutive days…