I would like to ask your prayers for an intention. I received this e-mail from a couple I have known for some years. I baptized one of their children. This is from a mother of three whose husband, a Marine officer is shipping out.
I hope this e-mail finds you well. M is flying to Kuwait tonight and then on to Afghanistan for 6 months. Could you please keep him in your prayers and say a mass for him. Your prayers are very powerful. Leading up to this deployment has been and emotional drain on us. It was much different when it was us engaged versus now with three children. I have a lot of anxiety as he heads over there, as our world is upside down right now and filled with the work of the evil one.
I pray for his protection everyday both physically and spiritually. I keep in you my prayers everyday as we pray for priests during this Jubilee year of the priests, and will offer up your intentions during my daily rosary and as I offer up this deployment as my penance.
Please say a prayer for Mike and Cindy and family.
What I find especially fine in this is that she remembers also that this is the Year for Priests. In the midst of their own need, they don’t forget the larger observance of the Church.
When this Marine was shipped off to Iraq as a Captain with a company, I gave him a dark green rosary of knotted cords. He was pleased with it. I remember today his remark: "It won’t make any noise."
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle…
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary…