[quote="BriarRose, post:4, topic:179706"]
nods No small thing, indeed. Thank you for posting. I will certainly pray for Ann, her oldest child & her whole family.
We share similar issues. My child is handicapped, husband is a Stage IV Cancer patient, we are bankrupt & facing foreclosure. When all seems to come crushing down around us, it's so hard (to put it mildly) not feel overwhelmed. This is what I do:
~ Offer all my cares and concerns up to Christ, placing them in His most capable, loving hands.
~ Remember the many blessings, miracles (big & small), the Lord has provided & continues to provide.
~ Pray the Rosary, Divine Mercy (Jesus, I Trust In You!), St. Michael the Archangel Chaplet
~ Go to Reconciliation, Mass, receive Communion.
~ Eucharistic Adoration
~ Read the Psalms.
~ Sometimes, when it gets real bad, I'll read Job.
~ Coming here, to join others in prayer, helps too. It is a comfort knowing that in some small way, I can help others.
Ann is blessed to have such a wonderful friend.. Will keep her entire family in my prayers, starting right now. Here is one prayer recently shared with another member of CAF. Praying it now, for Ann~
A Prayer to Divine Providence
O Sweet and Tender Providence of God,
into Thy hands I commend my spirit,
to Thee I abandon myself,
my hopes, my fears, my desires,
my repugnances, my temporal and eternal prospects.
To Thee I commit the wants of my perishable body,
to Thee I commit the far more precious interests of my immortal soul,
for whose interests I have nothing to fear
while I withdraw it not from Thy bosom.
Though my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme,
my hope in Thee surpasses all.
It is greater than my difficulties, stronger than death.
Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in Thee,
though I should sink beneath my weakness, I will hope in Thee still,
though I should break my resolutions a thousand times,
I will look to Thee confidently for grace to keep them at last;
though Thou shouldst slay me, even then will I trust Thee,
for Thou art my God, my Father and my Friend.
Thou art my kind, my tender, my indulgent Parent,
and I am Thy loving Child, who cast myself into Thy Arms and beg Thy blessing,
who put my trust in Thee, and so trusting,
shall never be confounded.
Providence did provide.
Providence can provide.
Providence will provide.
O loving Providence of God,
we commit this cause to Thee.
Thank you, BriarRose, and I will certainly pray for you as well. I'm sorry you are going through such a terrible time. May Our Lord grant you and your family His grace in abundance through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Thank you to the other members who have also offered prayers for this friend of mine.
God bless you.