Today, I ask your prayers for a very special young woman who has been battling cancer for four years. Treatments have been unsuccessful, and as a result, she and her family have made the decision to stop treatments and make whatever time she has left comfortable and memorable.
Please keep this young woman in your prayers. She has remained courageously optimistic throughout her ordeal, being a source of strength and a real beacon of hope to friends and family alike. Instead of internalizing her struggle, she's instead reached out, hoping that through her suffering, others would benefit. Proof of this is her Christmas wish this year.
Instead of saying, "I want an iPad" or even "I want a cure" she said, "I want everyone to donate a toy to the toy drive so other kids can have a something."
The generosity and beautiful spirit of this child astounds me.
So please, keep this young woman in your prayers in a very special way this holiday season. I've promised my friend, Faith, that I'd do my part to put together a spiritual bouquet for her, her family, and her friends. Join in with prayers of your own.
Faith, unsure of what prayers might be best offered in a time like this, asked for my opinion. I, myself, always fly to the Blessed Mother with these intentions. Regardless of religion, race or background, the Blessed Mother has been given to all of us. She loves each one of us and as such, takes all of our intentions to heart. She's also the most powerful ally we've got in Heaven. Thus, I tend to use the Memorare for intentions like these:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand - sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
I also keep as my intention that any suffering this young woman or her family endures during this trial fulfills any remaining Purgatory so that each of these souls is made worthy of Heaven. Considering how exemplary this young woman is at this point, I have little doubt that her family will be gaining quite the saint if Christ should choose to call her home soon.
May the angels surround her, her family, and all her friends. May they surround the doctors who work to make her last days peaceful. May they surround those of us who pray for her recovery / peaceful passing. And then may those same angels swiftly lift our prayers to their Queen, Mary, who can pass them gently to the ear of her Son as she kisses His Head.
In all, may His Will be done. <3
Thank you in advance for your prayers. I'll be sure to print them / pass them along so she knows we're blanketing her in prayer.
***** The young girl, Kiki, I had requested prayers for has passed away. Please keep her and her family wrapped in prayer. May she be with Jesus tonight. ******