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July 30, 2010, 6:29 pm

Donald Sweeney, Age 35, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse, NY - A Syracuse man shocked while operating a power floor sander remains in critical condition this morning in Upstate University Hospital.

Donald Sweeney, 35, was operating the sander on the floor of his home at 122 Lillian Ave. Thursday afternoon when he was shocked, Syracuse police said. Firefighters restarted his heart and he was taken to Upstate University Hospital.

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July 27, 2010, 5:59 pm

Fred Alfred, Age 33, Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, FL - A Levy County man remains in critical condition after being crushed while changing a flat tire. According to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, Fred Alfred, 33, remains in critical condition at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida on Monday. The incident happened Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Northwest 80th Street and County Road 345 at 11:08 p.m.

According to sheriff's spokesman Maj. Evan Sullivan, Alfred was removing a spare tire from beneath his cousin's 2005 Chrysler van when the van fell off the jack. Alfred was pinned beneath the van. Once emergency workers were able to lift the van off Alfred, he was flown to the trauma unit at Shands.

Lord, remember Fred and all those in urgent need of your healing mercy. Surround all those suffering this day with your Divine presence, which is the source of all love and healing. Lord, remember us in our need this day and direct our path. In all things may your perfect will be done.

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July 23, 2010, 8:50 pm

Endangered Species in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico - Marine Rescue Efforts have been our focus since the catastropic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many species of marine and wild life have been put on the endangered species list due to human error and lack of safety guidelines.

Some World Wide hot spots facing critical problems today are Mali with 23 municipalities facing a food crisis and Madagascar, Haiti and Zambia which are dealing with the aftermath of weather disasters. Millions of people are in critical need of food, clothing and shelter. With these disasters and rising health concerns due to pollution in our air, land and water, perhaps it is time to put humanity on the endangered species list? Lord, we are all your family, help us to help others in their time of need.

Lord, we lift up all the poor, the sick, the homeless, the needy and the dying this day. Help us to be better stewards of our envirnoment and our most precious resource our children. Help us to be wise, prudent and caring as we seek the common good above any material gain. All we have is a gift from you Lord! Help us to be generous with our gifts and express your love for us by our concern and service for others.

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July 19, 2010, 9:48 pm

Erica Taschner, Age 16, Merrill, Michigan

MERRILL, Michigan Sixteen-year-old Erica Taschner remains in critical condition this morning after a Friday evening single-car crash that resulted in the deaths of a 16-year-old and 15-year-old. The crash took the lives of Brittnee Wendling, 16, of Brant Township and Dakota Glazier, 15, of Merrill. The three teens were about to enter 11th grade.

Erica Taschner remains in critical condition at St. Marys of Michigan hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Nikole Montalbano. Saginaw County sheriffs Lt. Robert B. Phelps said Glazier, an unlicensed driver, was driving. The vehicle was southbound at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree, broadside, he said.

The funeral service for Wendling is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the W.L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel. Other arrangements to be announced.

Lord, in your great mercy comfort the friends and families of all those involved in this accident. Grant eternal rest to those who have died and healing to Erica and all teens who are suffering this day.

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July 19, 2010, 9:47 pm

Erica Taschne, Age 16, Merrill, Michigan

MERRILL, Michigan Sixteen-year-old Erica Taschner remains in critical condition this morning after a Friday evening single-car crash that resulted in the deaths of a 16-year-old and 15-year-old. The crash took the lives of Brittnee Wendling, 16, of Brant Township and Dakota Glazier, 15, of Merrill. The three teens were about to enter 11th grade.

Erica Taschner remains in critical condition at St. Marys of Michigan hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Nikole Montalbano. Saginaw County sheriffs Lt. Robert B. Phelps said Glazier, an unlicensed driver, was driving. The vehicle was southbound at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree, broadside, he said.

The funeral service for Wendling is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the W.L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel. Other arrangements to be announced.

Lord, in your great mercy comfort the friends and families of all those involved in this accident. Grant eternal rest to those who have died and healing to Erica and all teens who are suffering this day.

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July 16, 2010, 5:12 pm

Sister Miriam, Founding Superior, of Carmelite Monastery

Nynshat, Albania - A Carmelite Monastery has been founded in Nynshat Albania under the direction of Sister Miriam, Mother Superior and Msgr Dode Gjergji. The founding of a cloister in Albania gives hope to a land where religious freedom has been persecuted for more than fifty years. Leaving Croatia, the Carmelite Sisters established the Papal Cloister on the Feast of Mount Carmel. Their mission is to pray for the Albanian Church, stengthen the faith of the people and encourage vocations by their prayer, sacrifice and austere life style. The Sisters have received assistance from the Church in Need, local priests and religious and their Carmelite Order.

Lord, bless this monastery and all those it serves. May faith, hope and charity flourish in Albania and all countries suffering from years of religious persecution. Encourage your people Lord with your divine presence in all the Churches of the world. We praise you and thank you for all your blessings and ask for the continued outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit on your Church and the whole world.

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July 13, 2010, 3:21 pm

Vicky, Age 6, of the Philippines

Philippines - We pray for Vicky, age 6 suffering from starvation and all needy children sponsored by Children International, Care, Mercy Corp, Save the Children, UNICEF and others. We lift up all children suffering from poverty, neglect and abuse. We pray for all those who will die today of malnutrition, HIV and preventable childood diseases. Let us show we care by our prayers.

Lord, we pray for all those who assist the abandoned and forgotten little ones of the world. Continue to bless those who come to their aid with the resources and manpower they need to continue their good work. Let us continue to contribute by our prayers and commitment.

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July 9, 2010, 8:04 pm

Allen Michael Christi, Age 23, Salem, N.H.

SALEM, N.H. A 23-year-old Boxford man is still fighting for his life this morning after being pulled unconscious from the water at the public beach at Millville Lake around 9:30 last night. Allen Michael Christi, 23, was in critical condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after he was pulled from the water by a friend, Leo Porter.

Christi "had no pulse and was unresponsive" at the scene, said Lt. Steve Malisos. Porter and off-duty police Sgt. Jim Chase revived the victim by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him. Christi was rushed by ambulance to Lawrence Municipal Airport and then flown to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston where he was in critical condition as of around 8 a.m. today, according to a hospital spokesman.

Let us pray for Allen and all those who are trying to save his life. Lord, bless their efforts and heal all those in like circumstance. Rescue efforts often depend so much on your providental care. Lord, guide the doctors, nurses and all rescue workers. Inspire them with your Divine Wisdom and healing Mercy. Oh, God of miracles and unfathomable Divine Mercy, hear and answer our prayers for all souls in great need this day.

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July 6, 2010, 6:37 pm

Alex Otte, Age 13, Danville, Kentucky

DANVILLE, Ky. A 13-year-old girl remains in critical condition after the Jet Ski she was riding collided with a boat at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Alex Otte of Danville suffered severe leg injuries when her Jet Ski collided with the 17-foot boat Friday night on Herrington Lake near Danville, about 65 miles southeast of Louisville. She was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. The collision also ejected all three people riding in the boat. None of the boat passengers were injured.

The boat driver, 39-year-old Sammy Jason Hackler, is charged with second-degree assault, driving under the influence and three counts of wanton endangerment.

Lord, send your healing love on Alex and all those involved in accidents this weekend. Heal them at this critical time, encourage them in their daily challenges of life and keep them ever in your care on their journey to you. May all people recognize your presence and action in the world as we pray in thanksgiiving for the miracle of your mercy and answered prayers in our life.


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July 2, 2010, 3:49 pm

A Safe Fourth of July Celebration to ALL

SARASOTA COUNTY - Every year, injuries from fireworks result in people being taken to hospital emergency rooms on the July Fourth holiday.

In 2008, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 7,000 people for fireworks-related injuries. Of those injuries, 53 percent were to the extremities and 37 percent were to the head.

The data from these emergency room visits also show that the risk of fireworks injuries are the highest for teens between ages 15-19 and for children between ages 5-9. Injuries in both of these groups are at least two and one-half times the risk for the general population.

Risk of personal injury from July 4th fireworks is not the only factor to consider. In 2008, fireworks caused an estimated 22,500 reported fires, including 1,400 total structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 20,600 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in one civilian death, and an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $42 million in direct property damage.

Lord, keep us safe as we celebrate our National heritage this Fourth of July. Thank you for our many blessings. Continue to bless our Country and unhold all that it stands for yesterday, today and always. In God we trust.

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July 2, 2010, 3:47 pm

A Safe Fourth July Celebration to ALL

SARASOTA COUNTY - Every year, injuries from fireworks result in people being taken to hospital emergency rooms on the July Fourth holiday.

In 2008, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 7,000 people for fireworks-related injuries. Of those injuries, 53 percent were to the extremities and 37 percent were to the head.

The data from these emergency room visits also show that the risk of fireworks injuries are the highest for teens between ages 15-19 and for children between ages 5-9. Injuries in both of these groups are at least two and one-half times the risk of the general population.

Risk of personal injury from July 4th fireworks is not the only factor to consider. In 2008, fireworks caused an estimated 22,500 reported fires, including 1,400 total structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 20,600 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in one civilian death, and an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $42 million in direct property damage.

Lord, keep us safe as we celebrate our National heritage this Fourth of July. Thank you for our many blessings and continue to bless our Country and unhold all that it stands for yesterday, today and always. In God we trust.

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