Two urgent prayer requests and a corporal work of mercy

Two urgent prayer requests and a corporal work of mercy July 9, 2013

A reader writes:

I was wondering if you could put in a prayer request with your readers. I am wanting to be as confidential as possible, but our situation is quite dire at present. I woke up this morning with the recurring thought that I was supposed to contact you to ask for prayer. I do have big faith, however and know of the power of prayer, so here it goes:

Due to our separation, the rent has been getting paid late as B. has two rents to pay and the utilities with the home, connected with the rent, have also been delinquent. Thanks to my son’s SSDI checks, I was able to get the utilities caught up as of June, but we are again falling behind again due to B.’s continual paying things late. Now, the good news is B. is slowly detoxing from the substance he’s addicted to, but the bad news is the landlord is losing patience and our year lease is up. I would love to stay here as long as possible, and so do the kids.

I was notified last Friday that due to the habitual lateness of the rent and utilities, we need to bring our account current by July 10th, (tomorrow). If we are unable to do this, we are to be given a formal 30 day notice to vacate.

I have asked the landlord to give us to the 17th, when B. gets paid next, and am waiting to hear back. I have gotten a part time job, however, I haven’t gotten paid yet. It certainly would cover the utilities, but not the rent. My job was delayed in even getting started due to issues with intake for my client being delayed due to a new intake coordinator, and now, my supervisor is out because of personal issues.

I really don’t want to have to move our kids again, especially my son, who is quite settled with his autism treatment. I am trying to scrape the money together should our landlord not give us that extra week. Our parish is giving us $100 and I’m trying to get a hold of the person at St. Vincent’s, and relatives are doing what they can, but we are down to the wire.

B. is going to be getting his wages garnished, possibly next month, but we are still needing to make sure rent is paid, not only for this month, but ready to be paid at the start of next month as well. I’m hopeful that things will settle down once I can rely on regular child support payments. I am also continuing to work on trying to start my business with the life coaching, establishing myself in the area. There’s a lot to juggle as a single parent.

Ultimately, I ask that folks please pray for my estranged husband who has been struggling with addiction on and off for years and out of that, has left the Church. Despite our current financial struggle, he is of the greatest concern. Please pray that he not only can get delivered from addiction, but also return to Christ and His Church and reunited to his family. He is quite impressed with our new Pope, which was encouraging hearing him talk of him the other day.

If you have the time to ask your readers to pray, I would be grateful.

Father, hear our prayer for your abundant provision for this woman and her family and for the grace of earnest repentance, forgiveness, and healing for her husband. Mother Mary and St. Joseph, pray for them. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Note to readers: I have put in a note to this reader to see a) how much she needs.

She replies:

Our rent is $1250…late fee is $62 and utilities are $89.

And she has a Paypal account, for which I have inserted a donate button below. If you have some spare funds to do a work of mercy for a fine and faithful woman with four kids, one of whom is autistic and all of whom are beautiful children, I have it on good authority it will look good on your resume when you arrive at the Sheep and Goats Sorting Station at the Pearly Gates.

Another reader writes:

Doctors just discovered that my co-worker’s 2 year-old grandson, Luke, has a brain tumor and they are going to biopsy today. Needless to say, the family is devastated.

Father, hear our prayer for Luke’s complete healing in body, soul, and spirit. Give grace, skill, understanding, proper technological resources, wisdom, compassion, and knowledge to his caregivers and give grace, strength, peace, faith, hope and love to all who love him. Mother Mary, St. Luke, and St. Peregrine, pray for them. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let both these prayers issue in glory to your Name, Father, through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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