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June 28, 2013, 2:05 pm

Henry, Age 54, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ - Today it will be 118 degrees in the desert and weather alerts have been posted for Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas. For Henry, age 54, this day will be stressful, even life threatening. Henry is homeless and depends on local shelters for food, clothing and protection from the heat. Lines form early outside the shelters for services. Bottled water is at a premium. Even with local parishes donating water, there is usually a shortage.

Let us pray for all those suffering this day from weather related crisis. Heat, tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes are keeping teams of support agencies busy this year. In Arizona alone there is the Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Central AZ Shelter Services, Saint Mary's Food Bank, Mesa Corp Community Center, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army. Let us lift up in prayer all those in need of assistance this day, the many volunteers and agencies that serve them and the people that might die today because of weather related events.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help pray for us, who have recourse to thee. For all the little ones of Christ, especially the sick, the poor, the homeless and the forgotten, come to their assistance, oh Lord and bless the relief efforts that serve them. In your providential care come to their aid and through your intervention and deliverance provide the care they need this day.

Lord, we trust in your mercy; help us to be merciful. Amen

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June 25, 2013, 7:53 pm

Marian Devotion Celebrated Today

Medjugorje June 25, 2013 - Today all over the world pilgrims are celebrating the messages from Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje. For over twenty years Mary has been appearing to visionaries in this once war-torn place. Following is Mary's most recent message given to Ivan on June 25, 2013:

Dear children! With joy in the heart I love you all and call you to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart so I can draw you still closer to my Son Jesus, and that He can give you His peace and love, which are nourishment for each one of you. Open yourselves, little children, to prayer open yourselves to my love. I am your mother and cannot leave you alone in wandering and sin. You are called, little children, to be my children, my beloved children, so I can present you all to my Son. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Let us join the world in celebrating Mary's many visitations and messages throughout the world. Let us lift up all our intentions and thanks for the many graces received through all the Marian apparitions all over the world, especially at Medjugorje. May God's perfect will be done through Mary's intercession for us.

Our Lady of Medjugorje, pray for us!

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June 21, 2013, 10:33 pm

All Fathers Living and Deceased

Oswego, New York - Please pray for all Fathers living and deceased, step-fathers, spiritual fathers and all others who have nurtured us and help us grow in any way.

One of our faithful web family members sent this poem to celebrate fatherhood and family life:

"A Christian Father" by Romona K. Cecil

A Christian Father is special.
Though he works hard every day,
He will find time to fix a toy,
Or teach a child to pray.

He has a patient, compassionate ear
And a word of sound advice.
He puts family needs before his own,
Though it cost a sacrifice.

He knows when to admonish,
Yet he knows how to forgive.
He points his children to the gospel
As the guide by which to live.

You'll know a Christian father,
For his children all are glad
To have him for a father
And proud to call him Dad."

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June 18, 2013, 12:33 am

Zach Sobiech, Age 18, Stillwater, Minnesota

Stillwater, Minnesota - On May 20, 2013, a rare form of bone cancer took the life of Zach Sobiech, age 18. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends as they deal with the loss of such a courageous young man.

It was Zach's faith that helped him deal with this painful disease and he spent the last years of his life sharing his music and his faith. He encouraged others to embrace each day with hope and joy. He turned to music as a way to share his faith and hope with others. His music became a living legacy on Utube when his song "Clouds" went viral and millions downloaded his song. Zach's spirit lives on through his infectious lyrics and memorable tunes which have been imprinted on the minds and hearts of his fans around the world. One of Zach's dying wishes was to help kids with cancer. He founded a charity with the money he received from his music.

Please pray for Zach and all children with cancer and support the music Zach has left the world. For more information contact the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at ChildrensCancer.org/Zach.

Lord, we thank you for the life and music of Zach Sobiech, who taught us that every moment of life is precious. Zack taught us that we can share our faith by how we live and how we die.

Lord, help us live a life worthy of your continued blessings and grant eternal life to Zach and all who are dying of cancer. May your Holy Spirit comfort their families and friends during this difficult time of loss. Inspire us daily with the hope that we may be united with you and our loved ones one day "up, up, up in the clouds."

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June 14, 2013, 12:16 am

Anthony and Family

New York, New York - Anthony is feeling over-whelmned and has lost his inner compass. He is having trouble praying and is easily distracted. This is not only effecting his family life but his efforts at work and even his friendships. Anthony feels lost and alone and wonders if a part of him has died.

Anthony, like many of us, is going through a spiritual crisis. There is an emptiness inside that wears heavy on his soul. Lately Anthony is feeling abandoned by God and questions if God is hearing his prayers.

Lord, comfort and affirm Anthony's life in God. Come to his assistance and help him find what he has lost, especially affirm his faith, give him a certain hope and an abiding charity. Help him grow in his knowledge of you and inspire him to pray even harder for your will to be done at this time of spiritual crisis. Turn his doubt into an occasion to grow in faith and surround him with your love and enduring compassion.

Lord, turn all our life events to good by using them to draw us closer and closer to you. We ask this through the intercession of Saint Anthony of Padua, Patron Saint of the lost and eloquent Doctor of the Church. Amen

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June 11, 2013, 12:17 am

All Cancer Survivors

Scottsdale, AZ - Cancer is a strange cell.
You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its ugly head up again.
If you ever have it you will never be free of it.

If you never had it, don't feel too cozy, you can get it.

Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.

A SMALL REQUEST...

A small request.....Just one line. Speak it daily, please.

"Dear God,

I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer in the near future .... in Jesus' name. Amen."

- From a Cancer Survivor: "For all those courageous Cancer Patients we know and love."
Saint Peregrine intercede for us who beg for God's mercy each day. God's healing love on us and all our loved ones.

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June 6, 2013, 10:03 pm

Spiritual Fitness 2013

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2013 - Many people spend long hours exercising, working out and eating the right diet to be physically fit, but are we spiritually fit?

Theophan the Recluse in commenting on "Inner peace and bodily health" has this to say: "Do not overlook the fact that health does not depend on food alone, but above all on inner peace. Life in God, cutting us off from worldly turmoil, brings peace to the heart and, through this, keeps the body also in good health. Activities are not the main thing in life. The most important thing is to have the heart directed and attuned to God." from "The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology" Faber and Faber p.235.

Prayer is to the soul as exercise is to the body. Confession, spiritual reading, the other sacraments and devotions of the Church can be occasions for spiritual growth and provide a spiritual tune-up for the soul.

On Friday June 7th, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 3:00 EST, we have been invited to join a World-wide Holy Hour for life, marriage and religious freedom. Let us join in prayer on this most Sacred Feast day and be united in prayer as we lift up these important issues as the People of God.

Lord, help us live an intentional life in God with hearts ever turned toward you! We especially pray for all those who do not know you and/or who have lost their faith. Touch their hearts and inspire them to seek you with an untiring love. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen

Lord, help us live an intentional life for you in an ever growing secular world for nothing is impossible, if we place our trust in you. Amen

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June 4, 2013, 10:43 pm

Ceasar Campuzano, Age 15, Newberg, Oregon

NEWBERG, Oregon - The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office identified the 15 year old male as Ceasar Campuzano of Newberg. As of this morning, he was in ICU listed in Critical condition. The Newberg School District has been notified of the incident and will have counselors on hand in case students wish to talk to someone.

"The onset of the summer months brings an increase danger to swimmers," stated Sheriff Jack Crabtree. "Swimming with lifejackets may seem restrictive but they really do save lives. Rivers pose risks that need to be considered even by the best of swimmers. Our hearts and prayers are with the Campuzano family and friends."

Lord, keep our children safe as they begin summer vacation. Give them wisdom beyond their years and a heart turned toward you so that everything they choose to do may please you and give you great glory. We ask this through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immasculate Heart of Mary. Amen

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