This week, I got some scary news. A good friend of mine has been battling cancer for some time. But he has found out that the malignant cells have multiplied and spread throughout his body. Chemo starts in early June.
My friend has a good dollop of Irish blood, was born in England where he has spent his life, and he has worked tirelessly to encourage other people (especially young people) in the Catholic faith. I carry an image in my mind of God showing him the people who have made it to heaven because of his support and the graces he has won for them by his prayers.
He has a beautiful wife, a large family of lovely kids, is an ardent supporter of the Tridentine Mass and has great stamina and generosity in praying for others. I know few other people who pray for others as much as he does. He offers the suffering and pain of his cancer for the good of young Catholics. A friend of mine says that, ‘he’s in the super-leagues, offering physical suffering for other people’.
Now he really needs my prayers – and yours. If you pray for him, he will return your prayers in abundance. Also, his children need their father, and God will reward you greatly for praying for him. Please also pray for his four children.
We are starting a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where we will be asking Padre Pio to intercede on our good friend’s behalf. Please come aboard and recite the novena with us. You might leave a comment after this post if you are joining us in offering the novena. If you can’t leave a comment, then we’ll know how many novenas were offered when we go to God.
God has blessed my friend before. Last year, I prayed for him at the statue of St Peregrine at San Juan Capistrano, in California. But I placed my hand on the gash on St Peregrine’s leg and asked him to intercede for my friend. When I came home to London, my friend's doctor told him that the cancerous growth had disappeared – there is no scientific explanation for its vanishing.
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be To the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.