Have you heard of the wonderful FREE app called Laudate? It has the daily and Sunday Mass readings, Liturgy of the Hours, Saints of the Day, meditations from the Church Fathers, and much, much more, including the complete New American Bible! A wonderful tool to keep your prayer life going as fast as your life is! As they say, “Check it out!!”
First of all, our prayer needs: We ask you to be praying for the students of RECLAiM; there are more than a thousand men or women (and millions more who don’t know about RECLAiM!) who currently need healing and freedom from the effects that pornography use has on their lives. Lord Jesus, touch these men and women who have recognized a need to turn from sin and Satan’s allurements to you, Jesus. Give them courage and perseverance. Touch their minds and hearts; heal the wiring in their brains that causes them to seek comfort and pleasure in unhealthy ways. Especially, Lord, as they go into a holiday weekend, in the change of their schedules and time for leisure, give them the wisdom to choose healthy interaction and behaviors rather than those that are not healthy. Let them find comfort and support through your Holy Word in the Scriptures, in You, Jesus, who are the Living Word sent from the Father.
Touch also, Lord Jesus, pastors and ministers, especially marriage and family ministers, who have an opportunity to communicate the support and healing that the website ReclaimSexualHealth.com can provide. Help all those who work on the RECLAiM staff, including coaches, mentors and ambassadors. Help the leaders of the various churches to recognize and to combat the evils of pornography. In places where marriage between one man and one woman is not honored, please, Lord, bring clarity of thought with compassion. From so long ago, you commanded that we Honor Our Fathers and Our Mothers! Give wisdom to all those in healing professions to carry out your command, that the vocation of fatherhood and motherhood would be honored and respected.
Lord, many pastoral ministers will be gathering in Dayton for the convention of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) July 16-19. Protect them in their travels, and let the gathering be blessed with the power and fruit of your Spirit!
We also ask, Lord Jesus, for the needs of Elizabeth Ministry, that you would be with those couples who are seeking to conceive. You have brought them together through the Sacrament of Matrimony; now bless their union with the children that they long to bear. Bless Denise and her husband, and all other couples who seek wisdom and comfort as they wait for the gift of children. If, Lord, your plan is otherwise, lead them into the direction that you have chosen for them, and let them joyfully follow you, Lord, who are always the Good Shepherd who truly does care for your sheep. Teach these couples to rest in your care.
Lord, there are also those couples who have conceived and are bearing this wondrous gift of life! Some have miscarried in the past, like Julie and Rusty, and so many others. Help them to trust in you and let go of the fear that the same event of miscarriage might be repeated. Give them the wisdom to seek medical care, healthy diets, or whatever else will bring their babies to healthy births. Bless, Lord Jesus, their little ones, whose angels always see the face of your heavenly Father! Help all of us as well, to grieve with those whose babies have died. Help us to honor those lives, no matter how small!
There are those couples–and sometimes single women–who are bearing children whose healthy births are in jeopardy. Jesus, be with Shannon and her husband and family! Their baby, Frances, may be born into your kingdom rather than into their arms. [Baby Frances was born Thursday evening, June 26th, and lived long enough to celebrate her birthday and be baptized. She passed into the arms of Jesus early the following morning, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.] Console them in their sorrow! Let them recognize the gift of a saint for your kingdom, even as they grieve their loss here on earth. If it be your will, let Frances be born well and healthy. If it also be your will that Frances would need long-term care, give her parents and family the strength and generosity that such a gift requires. Lord, Jesus! Your will be done!
Bless also and protect Becky’s baby, and Becky herself, in the complications of their pregnancy. Help Becky and her husband to attentively watch for any signs of stress and difficulty as that baby continues to grow. As the time of delivery comes, let that little one be brought forth healthy and strong! Bless also Becky’s sister, Angie, who is also pregnant. Help those two sisters to support one another lovingly. Bless also their parents, Jeannie and Bruce, founders of Elizabeth Ministry. How easy it is to support others, but how difficult it may be when one’s own children and grandchildren struggle with fear or sorrow. Be with them, Lord Jesus! Give them the gifts of hope and courage, joy and peace!
Bless and protect also, Lord, the staff of Elizabeth Ministry International, especially Abbi who continues to struggle with her diagnosis of cancer. Heal her, Lord, by the mighty power of your word! Give her wisdom and strength as she struggles with the health needs of her family and parents as well. “By the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls!”
As always, Lord Jesus, be with the many Elizabeth Ministers across the world who seek to provide support for other women and their families! Bless and protect these women and their many churches, pastors, deacons, elders, and pastoral ministers who are seeking to build and strengthen your church with a respect for life from conception to natural death. In places where a respect for life has been lost or forgotten, revive your Spirit! Renew the hearts and minds of your people!! Bring a new vitality to your people, Lord! Stir up your Spirit and Come!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the many men and women, individuals and monastic communities who are committed to praying for the needs of Elizabeth Ministry and RECLAiM. Bless them, Lord Jesus, as well.
As always, May the Name of Jesus be loved and honored! Amen!
For more information about the work of Elizabeth Ministry and RECLAiM, please see www.elizabethministry.com and www.reclaimsexualhealth.com.