Wednesday, May 4, 2016

366 Project - Day 125 - "Prayers for GG"

May 04, 2016 - "Prayers for GG"

I love to pray. I tend to spend at least an hour each day praying. Sometimes more. Sometimes much more.

As much as I love to pray, I never like having to pray certain prayers. I'm sure you know the types of prayers I mean... the types of prayers that are necessary for sad reasons.

Today I am praying such prayers. Actually, I've been praying them since Monday. Praying for an amazingly wonderful and beautiful person... Chrissy, the mother of my wife's step-mother, Eileen. Our kids call her "GG" - for "Great Grandma".

Chrissy turned 95 this past January - and even at that age is sharp as a tack and filled with the wonderful Irish "gift of the gab"! It is always a delight to spend time with her... to hear the stories of her life... of her immigrating to the United States from Ireland... and her views of life over the decades.

She is a very devout Catholic. We've attended Mass together quite a few times, and it amazes me how she knows and recites every single word of the Mass - without need of any Missal or prayer book.

She loves cheap Port Wine, which I'm not a fan of... but she also loves her Guinness - which I fully stand behind! In fact, her present to me this past Christmas was a six-pack of that wonderful dark elixir!

Sadly she took a fall the other day at her home in Florida... and has been in the hospital, unconscious, ever since.

I've been praying for her since I heard the news... and I ask for anyone who might be reading this to offer even just a simple prayer for Chrissy as well as for Eileen and her family.

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O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, virgin and mother, queen of heaven, chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of the Eternal Word and in virtue of this title preserved from original sin, we kneel before you as did little Bernadette at Lourdes and pray with childlike trust in you that as we contemplate your glorious appearance at Lourdes, you will look with mercy on our present petitions and secure for us a favorable answer to the requests for which we offer this prayer.

O Holy Mother, pray for our dear Chrissy. Be with her and her family, taking them into your loving arms to comfort them.

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, our hope, our strength and our consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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