Rather than posting multiple threads, I’m including several intentions here:
First, for Angela, a woman who is aptly named. She was recently injured at work and will be out for at least a month. She doesn’t make much money under the best of circumstances and now she’ll have no income at all. She’s a caregiver for elderly people and they love her. One client told me they ‘have church’ when Angela’s there. She’s a loving, caring person of prayer. Please pray that her healing will be far speedier than the doctor is predicting.
Second, for a woman I know who is bi-polar and an alcoholic. She lives with a really creepy guy who is manipulative, abusive and regularly gets angry and throws all her stuff out of the apartment. She has no one else; her family pretty much ignores her circumstances. Yesterday - she had been drinking again after her boyfriend threw everything outside for the umpteenth time - she said she’s considering marrying an 80 year old man she knows because she ‘has to think of herself.’ There are so many things wrong with that idea I can’t even count them, most of all the potential for elder neglect on her part. I don’t even know what to ask you to pray for specifically; there are so many things wrong with the picture. Just pray!
Lastly, and this one is very difficult. A new member posted awhile back asking for Catholic students of a certain new age spiritual discipline to correspond with him. Having had personal experience with this discipline 25 years ago (before, thankfully, returning to the Church,) I know personally how damaging it can be and how difficult it is to get rid of its effects even when you want to very badly. I’m afraid for him and I agreed to correspond with him privately to try to lead him away from it gently. I was honest; I told him my intention was to get him out of it. I know the discipline, I know the Scriptures and the Church. I had to find my own way out of it because priests and spiritual directors were either doing it themselves or didn’t know much about it and didn’t understand how dangerous it was. I’m hoping to be able to counter everything the discipline teaches gently but factually and be there as a support when he finally begins to have doubts. We’ve been corresponding for about a month now and I hear every brainless comment coming from him that came from me 25 years ago. It’s bad stuff, guys, brainwashing in the same way as a cult but more dangerous because you do it individually. I absolutely believe it’s satanic and the worst of the new age stuff. Unfortunately, it appeals to older Catholics who were raised in the pre-Vatican II environment. In any case, I’m probably out of my league here; please pray for him and for me, that something I say will get through, that he’ll begin to discern or lose trust in the teachings, and especially for spiritual protection for both of us.
Thanks; sorry to be so long-winded.