Anthony and Catherine have asked us to include in our rosary intentions their 6 year old daughter, Teresa, who has a tumor. It is deeply moving to see how, as they unite their sufferings with Jesus on the Cross, their anguished prayer for Teresa reaches out to embrace all suffering children and their parents. And the Lord is hearing their prayer. The tumor is shrinking. Let’s join our prayers with theirs during this Year of Faith for Teresa’s complete healing.
And let’s increase our prayers for the cardinals in Rome as they begin their pre-conclave meetings today. Let’s picture them gathered with Mary as the apostles were gathered with her in the Upper Room. Let’s pray that, like Mary, they yield so completely to the Holy Spirit that they are filled beyond their hopes and dreams with a new joy, hope, faith, love, humility, zeal, courage, wisdom, discernment, and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the whole Church in these difficult times! Brothers and sisters, do you believe that our humble prayers as members of the Body of Christ can move mountains? Really big mountains?