Wednesday, November 30, 2011
From Philip's Blog and the Diocese of Raleigh website
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced a novena to Our Holy Mother, patroness of the Diocese of Raleigh, on behalf of seminarian Philip Johnson. The novena will begin on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, and culminate on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is the second year Bishop Burbidge has called for a novena.
Philip has been receiving chemotherapy treatments for a brain tumor for several years. In a letter to Priests, Religious and the lay faithful of the Diocese, Bishop Burbidge notes the “growth of the brain tumor appears to have stabilized about the time of the conclusion of last year’s novena.” Let us continue to pray for Philip.
Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
you chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the mother of your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.
As she endured her bitter agony
at the cross of her Son, she was consoled by you
with the hope of His resurrection.
Now, in heaven
she consoles with a mother’s love all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.
~Pray the Memorare~
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 to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Bring our seminarian, Philip Johnson, healing, peace, courage and strength
as he shares in the suffering of your Son.
O Glorious Mother of God,
in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception,
hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
General George S. Patton Jr once said "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived".
For those members of The United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves who have served, gone before us in many engagements and those who will fight for us in the battles to come; May God Bless and keep you!
For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, I Pray:
Rest in Peace. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
For my fallen Brother MP's of North Carolina Army National Guard (Det. 2 1132nd MP Co.) ASSIST, PROTECT, DEFEND!!!!
NC Army National Guard Det 2. 1132nd MP Co./US Army ROTC(Campbell University)1999-2002, Private First Class/(MS3)
NC Army National Guard Det 2. 1132nd MP CO. 2007-2009, Sergeant(E-5)
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