Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pray for Us

I love her. She is in my hallway, above the holy water font

But you know, when you see something every day, sometimes you forget to look, really look.

So I am glad that Terry at Abbey-Roads wrote about her today. It reminds me that I need some Good Counsel; I need it right now, in fact.

So I have taken an Icon from my desk and put it over the font, and brought Our Lady of Good Counsel to my desk, so I can look at her. And beg some prayer from her.

And from you, too. I could use some prayers today!

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  • Alexandrag

    Thanks for posting this. I needed to talk to her today, but did not realize it until I came over here to check in!

  • http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/ terry nelson

    Thanks for the link E – today is my adoration day – so I will pray, pray, pray.

    [Thanks, Terry; I need, need, need! -admin]

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  • Praying!

    Right behind you, sister E!

    Eternal Father I offer The the most precious blood of Thy Divine Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with all the masses said throughout the whole world today for Anchoress Elizabeth, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners within the Universal Church, those within my own home and within my own family (i.e., me Lord). Amen!


  • http://www.rockportconservatives.com/ Ruth H

    God Bless You, Elizabeth Scalia, you so often bring a smile to my face. You lift our hearts.
    Thank You.

  • Corita

    Praying now, Anchoress.

  • Lori

    Praying for you, Anchoress!

  • http://stagesofprayer.wordpress.com Antonius

    I belong to a Our Lady of Good Counsel parish. It is a special blessing to have The Mother of God as our patron.

    Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us!

  • Pete


    I brought this up a while ago about prayer and suchlike but don’t think I received a very conclusive answer. I appreciate that you seem to think that I need to believe in order to see the effect of prayer and while that is possible, neither me nor a theist will ever agree with the others lay testimony.

    My main point is this: Why do you think that announcing your intention to pray is relevant? If you do pray for someone (and you believe it works) then they will know you prayed for them. If you don’t think it works, then you wouldn’t pray at all. I am confused as to why people ask for prayers, but then, more bizarrely, people announce their intention to pray.

    Thanks, have a nice day, and remember, there is no god.

  • Suburbanbanshee

    Pete, if there’s no God, then you obviously would have no interest in any of the rituals of prayer, except perhaps in a remote anthropological or art appreciation sort of way. And yet, you inquire. Indeed, even though the prayers are directed to a totally different intention, you seem to think that they are all done for your benefit as an observer.

    I guarantee that there are plenty of places in the world where nobody’s ever met an atheist, where people pray, tell others that they are praying for a specific intention, and ask them to join in. They do this for the same reason that any other invitation to any other human activity is announced — because the more is the merrier. And more is merrier because we love one another, even if only in the impersonal love of fellowship and wellwishing. Since we are Christians, we believe there is more to it, and that we are all part of Christ’s Body, and that our love is very personal indeed, and that our prayers are heard.

    But just fellowship and wellwishing ought to be more than enough natural explanation that you wouldn’t have to ask. So it’s a very odd question to have to ask. I hate to say it, but maybe you need to get out more and get to know more people, help people with their problems, live life alongside them as a companion and friend.

    If you’re not going to believe in God, at least believe in the existence of other human beings.

  • anitalounurse

    Our Lady of Good Counsel, please pray for us <3

  • Pete

    Suburbanbanshee – Very good points but I think I maybe didn’t explain myself as well as i might. I don’t understand the idea of prayer. That is in a very general way in the sense that it doesn’t work, there is no proof to suggest it works (indeed there is actually a bit of evidence to the contrary) and I don’t understand why people waste their time doing it.

    My point about announcing it was based on the comments from Corti and Lori (and others) who simply stated that they would be praying. Take praying out of the equation and you have a simple message of support (one that I have echoed in several posts on this blog). So, I don’t understand why a lot of people seem to give off the impression that if they announce their intention to pray then it becomes more effective or potent.

    A pair of hands at work is worth more than a thousand clasped in prayer.