UPDATE 17 August 2021:

Renew prayers and offer penances for Card. Burke, who is doing poorly. I have confirmation from two other sources of what someone who knows the family passed on: H.E. is at a critical point with pneumonia. The next day or so will tell.

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  1. Kevinbell says:

    I’m praying fervently for his recovery.

    I know in the early stages of the pandemic the survival rate for those patients who were ventilated was 50%. I pray we don’t lose a man who has been a rock of refuge for so many of us over the last eight years.

  2. adriennep says:

    Father John Hardon, please help him.

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    He recently wrote a very helpful and direct response to Traditiones Custodes. It was well worth reading and he did not mince words. Please God, if possible, please return Cdl. Burke to good health, not only for his sake, but ours.

  4. Sandy says:

    Dear Raphael, please heal him with your healing balm, and Mother Mary, obtain a miraculous healing for him on your special day. We need him! I echo Kevinbell. He needs another option with meds that have been shown to work better than ventilators.

  5. kurtmasur says:

    Why is it that the prelates who have died on us recently or who are in danger of dying are precisely the good ones, while all the evil prelates seem to consistently enjoy good health? I find it frustrating :-/

  6. Elizabeth D says:

    I have been praying for him and I prayed for him at Mass today.

  7. JMody says:

    kurtmasur – yes indeed, frustrating. It is a reminder not to put our trust in men.

    AND, this situation in the Church (as well as in politics) makes one rethink Tolkien and his mention that the Ring of Power bestowed unnatural long life …

  8. JMody says:

    kurtmasur – yes indeed, frustrating. It is a reminder not to put our trust in men.

    AND, this situation in the Church (as well as in politics) makes one rethink Tolkien and his mention that the Ring of Power bestowed unnatural long life …

  9. Percusio says:

    I sincerely hope that these doctors are not treating Cardinal Burke as they have with so many cases they encounter. “Go home and overcome it. I am not going to give you any prescriptions in which I might lose my job.” I hope they have a little sense in starting Ivermectin treatments or others that have proven so effective, which may be too late if blot clots are severe in the lungs already.

  10. bookworm says:

    OK, I have to share this. Late Saturday night/early Sunday I couldn’t sleep, being burdened by all sorts of anxieties, and I read this post. I felt strongly prompted to pray, not just for Cdl. Burke, but for but for anyone who might be ill or in danger, and for all those who were going to die that night or the next day. So I picked up my rosary and prayed through the Glorious Mysteries.

    The next day I learned that two high school boys from the small rural town (pop. about 450) we recently moved to, as well as a 30-year-old man from the next town down the road, were killed in a car wreck that happened probably less than an hour after I had been praying. (I didn’t personally know these boys or their families, but a lot of our neighbors probably do.)

  11. Liz says:

    Wow, bookworm, I’m glad you prayed. It sounds like your guardian angel wanted you to pray. I will pray for those poor people even though it is later.

    Please increase prayers for the cardinal. I keep hearing that things are very critical and grave for him.

  12. Liz says:

    Thanks, Father, for the update.

  13. barryaltarserver1985 says:

    Praying that Cardinal Burke makes a full recovery, also praying for his enemies who are taking some ill-concealed delight in the Cardinal’s illness

  14. Kathleen10 says:

    bookworm, those prompts seem to happen because sometimes intercessory prayer seems absolutely necessary for a good outcome. I’m sure there is a reason why this is so, that we’ll only understand on the other side. So glad you followed it.

  15. I think this statement is worth everyone’s time. I’ll keep the Cardinal in my prayers as well.

  16. JonPatrick says:

    kurtmasur I think God keeps the evil ones alive in the hope that they will repent. That is the only explanation I can think of.

  17. Johann says:

    Wearing our my beads for His Eminence Cardinal Burke.

  18. timpr says:

    I was privileged to speak with Cardinal Burke on July 30th at the Queen of the Americas conference at the shrine church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. He personally spoke with everyone who attended and sat down outdoors to bless anyone who came before him for a special blessing. I’ve been praying fervently for his recovery from this insidious plague. May Our Holy Mother present his illness to her Son, Jesus, for a miraculous healing. All for the greater glory of God.

  19. wiseskier says:

    I wish he had been vaccinated.

  20. IaninEngland says:

    @ wiseskier
    What a wicked thing to say!

    Praying for the good Cardinal, with thanks for what he has done through the grace of God.

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