Reprisal of January 2014 Post/ Request
Today we start our Novena to St. John of God for the success of next Todd’s heart ablation on March 10, 2016. The last one held for a year + but unfortunately this changed in 2015. Honestly, I’m not sure how he does everything he does feeling the way he feels. And he never complains.Would you please join us? You don’t need to be Catholic to say these prayers. If you can’t start today, that’s okay, start any time.
St. John of God is the patron saint of those suffering from heart ailments, booksellers (have you ever seen Todd’s religious book collection?), hospitals, nurses and fire fighters. According to Catholic.org from the time he was 8 (Todd had his first open heart at age 8) until he died, he was very impulsive and always stayed with his decision no matter what others thought. And, as Todd points out, everyone thought he was a madman.
Great history of St. John of God
How to Pray a Novena:
If you haven’t prayed a novena before it’s easy. For nine days (novena = nine-fold) begin with the Sign of the Cross and then read the prayer below aloud or to yourself. At the end of the prayer you repeat the closing prayer three times which includes the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.
NOVENA PRAYER TO SAINT JOHN OF GOD FOR A CURE
Saint John of God, heavenly Patron of the Sick, I come to you in prayer to seek your help in Todd’s present sickness. Through the love which Jesus had for you in choosing you for the sublime vocation of serving the sick, and through the tender affection with which the Blessed Virgin Mary placed upon your head a crown of thorns as a symbol of the sufferings you would undergo in the service of the sick to attain to your crown of glory, I beg you to intercede for Todd to Jesus and Mary that They may grant him a cure, if this should be according to the Will of God.
How patiently you bore the sufferings of your own disease! Teach me and Todd to carry with cheerful resignation the cross that God has given us. Let us never complain or lose courage. Help us to understand that suffering is a very important means of sanctifying my soul, of atoning for our many sins, and of reaping a plentiful harvest of merit for Heaven. I trust in your great love for the sick and in the power of your intercession to help them. Help Todd, good St. John, and beg the God whose name you bear to touch him as He touched the sick while on earth, that through His almighty power health may return to Todd’s body. And as you derived strength in your own sufferings from the crucifix, so may Todd be able to say what you did to Jesus Crucified: “Lord, Thy thorns are my roses and Thy sufferings my paradise.”
Good Saint John, lover of those who suffer and special Patron of the Sick, I confidently place before you my earnest petition.
That Todd’s doctors are able to successfully complete his ablation procedure and he is healed of the atrial fibrillation.
I beg you to recommend my request to Mary, the Mother of Sorrows and Health of the Sick that both Mary and you may present it to Jesus, the Divine Physician.
Saint John of God, patron of the Sick and beloved of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.
In honor of Saint John of God:
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Saint John of God, Patron of the Sick, pray for us.
Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.
Source of St. John of God Novena
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