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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Something serious (repost and update)

Yes, I am still slogging through the translation thing of the Apostolic Exhortation.

However, I wanted to ask (beg, plead, etc.) for your prayers. As most of you know, my youngest son Davy has autism. In the course of researching the various medical options, therapies, schooling choices, treatments, etc. we have found a very promising one. No quackery, no "silver bullet." Most children who undergo this treatment make excellent progress and some (not a majority, alas) are even "cured."

Davy is scheduled to undergo this protracted and intensive treatment* from June 4- June 15, 2007 and as such I beg your prayers. The Carmelites Sisters and new blogging phenom Veritas and the lovely and gracious Karen (now on my VERY short list of people who get a kidney if needed) are fervently on the case.

Use whatever prayers your heart dictates. We are starting a 54 Day Rosary Novena today on April 12th to wrap up on the day Davy starts (UPDATE: I received a STRONG suggestion this Novena ought start on April 23rd so as to wrap up when the treatment ends, so stay tuned for any scheduling changes and I preemptively apologize.) the treatment, we would LOVE to have you join us. Furthermore, we would also beg you to please ask (draft, conscript, cajole) as many likeminded friends and associates as is possible. Please mention it in your various blogs, etc.

To shed some light on this, here is what the website says about the 54 Day Rosary Novena:

"Practically everyone who prays the Rosary 'offers' the Rosary to God and Our Lady for an intention. Some people offer particular intentions before each decade. You can ask God to grant you a favor, heal a sick person, or convert a sinner. Some people offer the same intention every day--sometimes for years on end--especially when asking the Father for the conversion of a particular person. Intentions are as varied as the people who pray.

Ask for big and small gifts. Be bold! In this sense, the Rosary is an exchange of gifts between friends.

It is widely known that Our Lady answers seemingly impossible intentions to those who are first beginning to pray the Rosary. This is her way of drawing you closer to Her and to Jesus. If you are praying your first Rosary, or returning to the Rosary after years of not talking to Our Lady, ask for something big, spectacular, 'impossible.' She'll often surprise you."

and also:

"Perhaps the most powerful novena is the 54-Day Rosary Novena, a series of six consecutive nine-day novenas. The first three novenas are offered for the intention, while the last three are offered in thanks to God in anticipation of granting the favor."

Of course, we'll humbly and gratefully accept whatever manner of prayer to which the Spirit moves you. Pray for the intercession of a Saint, Blessed or Venerable, if your heart dictates, Chaplets, Litanies, dropping in this intention at the various prayer request websites, whatever...we're not picky or anything! It's okay if you come in "late" to the 54-Day Novena, as the site says "Our Lady is not a bureaucrat."

As we speak, we are also working on priests offering Mass for this intention during the two weeks (again, June 4-15) of the process.

Regardless of the specifics of your prayers, we ask you to keep in mind this little boy, full of goodness and love, who is trapped and afflicted by this terrible condition as well as Joey, his big brother, who has been an angel throughout all this and whose dearest wish is to finally have his "real little brother" to confide and plan and be his best friend; and to also keep in mind and heart all the other millions of children and their families undergoing similar trials. Our Lord loves them all and hears their prayers.

In this matter, we remain totally obedient to God's will, trusting in His goodness, kindness, mercy and providence; imploring Him to look with loving favor on this petition (that Davy be healed from autism), if it be for His greater honor and glory.

Rest assured of our prayers for you, as well as gratitude well beyond my meager capacity to express. Should God consider these favors to be for His** greater honor and glory, I hereby promise to schlep to Rome and do that whole "Scala Santa on my knees" thing, to say nothing of lighting so many candles at St. Peter's that His Holiness will have the Swiss Guard arrest me for arson.

Every day I'll post a "sticky note" blog entry (along with whatever other entries) with a brief explanation of the 54 day Novena, the intention for Davy and a set of clips of Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ leading the Rosary in that day's mysteries. So, with no further ado, here we go, starting with Today's Mysteries (this is in three parts, for some reason you have to double-click...don't ask):



P.S. For some reason, Blogger's format is thrown off by this. Sorry. I tried.

* Those who undergo this treatment are in no danger, thank God, but it is extremely intensive and time consuming and exhausting.

** Davy Garcia, SJ has a nice ring to it, dunnit?


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