Prayer Request: “Who touched me? Reaching out for Healing with Faith.”

Update: 7/28/17
I learned this morning that Ms. Sharon Speaks passed away around 2am this morning.

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.

May Mary, our Mother of Mercy wrap the Speaks family under her mantle of love during this time. Amen.

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Prayer request: A few months ago I was blessed to be able to participate in the Gennessaret Retreat (for the chronically ill)at the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph after the invitation of Tom and Amy Payne. It was an incredible weekend experience and a beautiful chance for me to witness the powerful love of God and his healing touch and care for his people.

While on the weekend, I met Ms. Speaks there as well as her husband and was overjoyed at seeing the love and care they had for each other. Listening to her speak of how moved she was by the retreat and how she had never had the experience of love like she did on the retreat brought tears to my eyes.

Here in front of me was a woman who much like the woman with a hemorrhage in the Scriptures, had faith. She wanted to be healed. She longed to be healed. Yet, until the Retreat she hadn't trusted like she wanted to in Gods love and healing mercy for her. Through the graces of the discussion, prayer, and communal time on the retreat, she was able to reach out and touch the Lord's garment. Now, she wasn't healed bodily of her illness, but she was healed through her will. She shared with us, that through the retreat, she was able to give her "yes" to God in accepting where she was in life and uniting her suffering with his in the cross.

Ms. Speaks spoke volumes to me through her love and trust in the Lord who loves her so very much. Part of the weekend included a time of Anointing and Washing of the Feet of our "guests." I being the photographer I am, snapped this picture of her and her husband as her feet were being washed. It was an incredibly moving and vulnerable moment. And I feel so blessed to have been able to capture some aspect of "love in action."

I found out this evening that she is currently in the process of dying. As I reach out my hand in faith asking the Lord like the woman with a hemorrhage and like Ms. Speaks did, to heal me of my own infirmities, I invite you to join me in praying for her peace. Praying for her family. And praying for her soul, that she too might share in the abundant life of Heaven with Jesus Christ for ever.

May Mary, our Mother help her to continue to give her "Yes" to the Lord that his will might be done and that he the Master who asks: "Who touched me?" Will know and welcome her with great joy into his Heavenly Homeland forever. Amen.

Congratulation to the new Deacons!

Congratulations to my Diocesan Brothers, the now Rev. Mr Immanuel Udoh and Rev. Mr. Will Thompson who were ordained to the Diaconate this morning. Praise be to God for your “yes” to His will!

 

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Installation of Ministries

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I am getting ready to head out to the Mass for the Installation of Ministries for 5 of my brother seminarians. Please pray for and with them as they mark this important part of their discernment journey. I invite you to come and attend this Mass if you are able. It will be a time of beautiful witness of those studying for the priesthood in our Diocese. (And you can see our beautiful, newly renovated Cathedral!) Hope to see you there and remember to pray for these men!!

March 9, 2013

Installation of Ministries

5:00 PM Vigil Mass

St. Stephen Cathedral

LECTOR- Jared Kaelin and Nick Higdon

ACOLYTE- Jamie Dennis, Nicolas Ajpacaja, and Basilio Az