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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Please Pray for a Mother with Cancer

After Mass, my friend, Mary, told me about a friend and neighbor of hers, Lori. Lori is a Catholic mother of 14 children (some of her children are adopted). Many of Lori's children are special needs; some have Down Syndrome. Two weeks ago, Mary saw Lori and commented on the fact that Lori looked like she had lost a lot of weight. Lori confided that she had not been feeling well. This week, Lori was admitted to a hospital in Tacoma. She has ovarian cancer.

Aside from prayer, Mary cannot even begin to imagine what this family is going to need. A restaurant in Olympia is trying to organize meals for the family, but their needs go way beyond meals. In addition to homeschooling, Lori used to take her children to various doctors' appointments. As far as Lori's medical care goes, Mary does not know how the family is going to pay for it, as she does not have medical insurance coverage. This famiy is in desperate need of a miracle.

Mary suggested that we ask St. Gianna Beretta Molla for her intercession. A novena to St. Gianna can be found here,

It might also be good to ask for the intercession of Pope John Paul II:
O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.
- official prayer to ask favors through the intercession Pope John Paul II

Dear God, I know that in your wisdom and goodness you know what is best.


  1. Iread this post yesterday, and I keep thinking of this woman and her family. I had to come back and say I will pray. Thank you.

  2. Suzanne, thank you for the prayers. I have thought about Laurie almost constantly, since Mary asked me to pray for her. From what Mary shared with me, Laurie is truly an incredible mother and a wonderful example to all those she meets.

  3. Anonymous6:55 AM

    Dear Christine,

    Indeed God ALWAYS knows what is best. You may suggest to your friend to read: 'Trustful Surrender To Divine Providence'. Tan books - By Father de St. Jure and Blessed Claude de la Colombiere.

    Thereafter in ALL things we shall be thankful.

    God bless you all. Bops

  4. I am praying for this dear woman and her family.

    May God help them through this.


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