Today's Inspiration: Lent is the liturgical season of mercy and love as our faith is increased by God's friendship which is kindly extended to each of us through the Lenten practices of prayer, alms giving, fasting, and the Grace of the Sacraments. Into the desert we walk with our Lord Jesus hopeful to walk out as better believers in God and disciples of His Love. Amen!
Well, dearest family and friends, Katie has had another full week of good toleration during therapy; however, as she progresses day-by-day, Katie's different therapists want to see more profound and significant progress. Again, we call out to each of you to pray very specifically and in agreement with us for Katie to miraculously transition from this semi-conscious, comatose-like state to a non-comatose-like, conscious state. We long to hear Katie talk. We long for Katie to CONSISTENTLY and APPROPRIATELY interact, react and respond to her environment. We long for Katie to be as she knows us and as we know her. We want Katie's therapist to stick with her and continue to work with her agreessively and diligently. Therefore, we pray that Katie's therapists see and get from Katie whatever progress they need to keep working with her daily and frequently. We offer this prayer in Jesus' Most Holy Name. Amen.
Katie's numbers are stable and good. Thanks be to God! We continue to pray for the safe, healthy and normal ranges of all Katie's vitals and numbers.
Your prayers have helped in so
MANY ways, but the best news of this update is that Katie's wound sore is getting better and better. Her skin is healing! Each week the skin grows and repairs itself, which causes the wound sore to slowly diminish. It also remains infection free! Amen!
There has been some weaning of medicines, so we are closely monitoring Katie's reactions and numbers to watch for both positive and negative trends. Please trust, we are prayerful and hopeful for positive and progressive trends as we turn to The Lord, The Divine Physician, in surrender, trust and hope for God's intervention and biblical proportion miracles in the full function, restoration, normalcy and recovery of all things Katie Schwab. Amen.
Last week, you joined us at 3 PM - The Hour of God's Greatest Mercy - as the Little Flower Catholic Church's Healing Prayer Ministry Group visited Katie to pray with her and over her through The Power of The Holy Spirit. They spent 90 minutes with us. It was beautiful and powerful! For those who know and have experienced The Holy Spirit so intimately and directly, you know how indescrible moments like these are, so all words are insufficient, but those 90 minutes were truly inspired! All praise and thanksgiving to God!
The Healing Prayer Group feels very compelled to visit Katie again, so they are returning today, Sunday, February 22nd, again, at 3 PM. We are thrilled that God has stirred in their hearts the call to join Katie's journey and that they have accepted this call. Amen!
Moreover, we invite and encourage all of you to join us in prayer at 3 PM. Let us believe in the miracles of God as expressed to us in The Gospels and throughout The Bible. More importantly, let us be aware of and believe in the miracles God brings to our lives today. He constantly reminds us that He is the source of all life, light, healing, creation, restoration, and love. God is at work! Let us be the faithful community of believers who say, "Yes, Lord. I trust in You. I believe in You as God The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. I hope in Your Glory and Power." Amen.
In closing, we extend our gratitude for your constant prayers and support. We need you now more than ever! Thank you for loving Katie and for praying for her. Prayer power cemented in belief and love is what makes the biggest difference in this journey of faith and family - a journey that we are all a part of - a journey that we share united in love and care.
Thank you to our friends and family in Ironton, Ohio for offering today's Mass for Katie's health intentions and needs. The sacrifice of The Mass in the sharing of The Most Holy Eucharist is the best gift of prayer we can give one another. Thank you for including Katie in your Mass today!
Also, a heartfelt thank you to those of you offering your time and prayers on Katie's behalf during Adoration of The Blessed Scarament. This, too, is an incredible gift of prayer!
PS: We recieved the following prayer and reflection from a Katie Prayer Warrior currently in Germany. We wanted to share it with you.
"This prayer for a cure below makes reference to our Lord’s healing power. Our Divine Physician did indeed work wonders in his Earthly ministry, such as in curing the blind man near Jericho (Mark 10:46-52), the centurion’s servant (Matt 8:5-13), and a leper (Luke 5:12-13), among other miracles.
But, as this prayer rightly points out, we have to have the grace and strength from Jesus not to become embittered if He doesn’t cure our afflictions right away, (or even at all)!
Gentle Jesus, who cured the sick and laid a healing hand upon the lame, the blind and the handicapped, look with compassion upon me in my suffering. If it is not your Will to cure me, then give me strength to bear my burden and offer it up to You. You suffered so much for me. Give me grace to offer my sufferings in union with Your own, in reparation for my sins and those of others, for the needs of this troubled world, and for the release of the souls in purgatory. Mary, compassionate Mother, pray for your weary child. Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for me. Amen.
Just as Christ suffered for us on the Cross so also He asks us to suffer for Him, that is to say, to unite our sufferings with His in reparation for sins and for the salvation of souls. As St. Augustine once said, “let us understand that God is a Physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation.”
Keep in mind that if we trust in God to do what is good for us, and reinforce this trust through prayers such as this one, we can achieve that wonderful state of grace where we can be content in sickness or in health, knowing that God is in charge and wishes to bring about our good for His glory, no matter what may happen.
As John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote in one of his well-known prayers “God has created me to do Him some definite service….therefore I will trust Him…if I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him….He knows what He is about.”
This prayer for a cure is good also in that it brings our Blessed Mother into the picture. When our Lord said to St. John from the cross “Behold, thy Mother”, he made her our Mother as well, as noted by St. Bernadine of Siena. As such she is more than ready to pray for us to her Divine Son. St. Basil once said that “such is the Divine Will that she should help in every kind of in every kind of necessity.”
Don’t be afraid to ask for her assistance as well as that of Jesus! As we read in the wonderful prayer the Memorare, “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.”