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September 30, 2011, 5:50 pm

Paul Hospice Patient

Scottsdale, AZ - We join Lori and her family in prayer for Paul, who has been battling Kidney cancer since January. After his chemo treatments and surgery in August, the cancer has spread and Paul is in Hospice care. Lori asks us to pray that Paul goes peacefully and that his loved ones will be blessed with the graces they need to prepare for life without him. Specifically, we pray for Mary, Calvin and all Paul's family and friends that they may be blessed with fortitude and Spiritual strength at this difficult time. May Paul's life be celebrated and his legacy remain ever in their hearts and minds as they share in his last days together.

Good Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of a Blessed life and a Happy death, remember Paul and his family as he passes from this life into eternity. You, who were favored with the company of Jesus and Mary in your last moments, favor Paul with the healing intercession of The Holy Family and the eternal gift of our Lord's unfathomable Divine Mercy now and always.

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September 27, 2011, 4:30 pm

Wangari Maathi, Nobel Laureate

Kenya - We join people around the globe in prayer for Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, who died this week after a long battle with cancer.

In the early 1970s, Wangari became the first woman PhD in biological sciences in East Africa. She founded the Green Belt Movement to address that in just one century, her country's forests had shrunk to less than five percent of what they once were. Wangari knew that Kenya's entire ecosystem was at risk and the devastation of the forest would mean death and long term economic disaster.

Wangari took action and began planting trees on Earth Day 1977. With that act, she launched the Green Belt Movement. Today the United Nations acknolwedge Kenya's reforestation program as a leading sign of hope for our ecological systems. Wangari called everyone to make a difference by changing the enviroment one tree at a time. Let us honor her legacy by praying for a continuation of her green belt vision whereever there are environmental needs.

Lord, Creator of all things, help us to be good stewards of our envirnoment and all the resources you have provided to meet our needs. Helps us to be a global family committed to unity, peace and the wise holistic ecology of our planet. Help us to safeguard the value of human life by acting responsibly and wisely as stewards of our natural resources.

Lord, we thank you for the life and witness of Wangari Maathi and all those who seek peace through the wise stewardship of our natural resources. May Wangari rest in peace. Empower us to keep her legacy alive in prayer and in deed. Amen

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September 23, 2011, 3:47 pm

Simon Brooks, Age 19, Head Trauma

Ashland, Oregon - A Southern Oregon University student is in critical condition after apparently falling from a skateboard. Police and Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to the call reporting a man lying in the middle of the street.

Police identified him as Simon Brooks, 19, of Ashland. The initial investigation indicates Brooks suffered a serious head injury after he fell from his skateboard. He was northbound on North Mountain Avenue on his skateboard before the accident occurred and was not wearing a helmet.

Deputy Chief Corey Falls said Brooks rode down a steep section of the street, leaving behind a friend who decided not to ride down the hill. Brooks' friend heard him fall and rushed down the hill to find Brooks at the bottom with a head injury. No motor vehicles are believed to have played a role in the accident, police said.

Lord, as colleges and universities open and a new school year begins, protect all students with your wisdom and grace. Direct their lives according to your Divine plan. Increase their faith, hope and charity as they discern their vocation in life. Bless their studies and student life so that might come to know, love and serve you more and more. Through the intercession of the Holy Family we pray in a particular way for the recovery of Simon Brooks and all students in need of healing.

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September 19, 2011, 7:35 pm

Lee, Age 70, Survivor

Scottsdale, AZ - Since May Lee, age 70, has been going through many diagnostic tests and protocols to find out the cause of the pain in his abdomin. His CaringBridge Journal shares:

On May 2, after returning from our vacation in Mexico, Lee developed an odd pain in his upper abdomen. Within a week, the pain had not decreased, so he visited the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale on May 9. Doctors suspected the beginning of an ulcer and prescribed a protonic.

Another week passed, and Lee had no relief from the pain. This time Mayo ordered an endoscopy. This showed nothing suspicious, and certainly nothing that would be causing the amount of pain that Lee was experiencing. That same day Lee had a CT scan that showed a mass on the pancreas. An endoscopic ultrasound with biopsy was done on Friday, June 3. The results were in: carcinoma of the pancreas. To say that it was a shock to go from thinking you may have an ulcer to being told you have pancreatic cancer is an understatement.

*The blood test that Lee had been given on May 16 ruled out pancreatic cancer, but it turns out that Lee is one of 10% of people who do not carry the particular protein that would trigger a positive reading.

Monday through Friday, June 6 10 were filled with doctors appointments. Randy, Lisa and Shelley were in town, and at every appointment. Our heads were spinning, but the five of us were a force to be reckoned with; asking questions, processing information, but all the while enjoying and savoring each others company at the end of difficult days. The ray of hope at the end of the week was that Lees tumor was operable.

With Lee's pain being managed, this past week and a half has been a blessing. We have spent quality time with our children and grandchildren, with lots of dinners out as we are trying to pack the weight on Lee due to the weight he will lose following the surgery. In a show of family solidarity, I think we have all gained 5 pounds! Lee and his best friend, Kim, played a round of golf on Friday. Today we are in Del Mar enjoying the beautiful ocean and watching our 6 grandchildren laughing and playing in the waves. We are blessed.

Recent reports indicate Lee's tumor is shrinking and his family is hopeful. Please pray for Lee and so many people we know who are fighting pancreatic cancer. They are all our medical heroes showing us herculean courage and fortitude as they battle cancer one day at a time. We also pray for continued grace and blessings on their families and care-givers, who assist them.

Saint Peregrine, Patron Saint of Cancer patients, intercede for all those battling cancer and inspire the doctors and nurses who attend them with healing protocols. Lord, in your great Mercy and love hear and answer our prayers according to your perfect will. Jesus we trust in you.

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September 16, 2011, 5:39 pm

Richard and Rishaud Edwards, Age 2, Fire Victims

BRANDON, FL - Richie and Rishaud Edwards were vibrant, fun-loving, 2-year-old twins who loved riding their scooters around the neighborhood, said their great uncle, Joe Sims.

The twins died early Thursday morning in an overnight fire at the Brandon home of a great Aunt. Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.

Their mother, a single mom, Jaimey Sims, 19, dropped the children off at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, then went out with friends at about 11:45 p.m., according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Linda Morgan, 52, and her fiance Elmer Morales, 60, did not know the children were in the home because they were sleeping when Sims dropped them off, said Carter.

When the fire started, Morgan and Morales safely got out and told firefighters no one else was in the home, Carter said. The family members are in shock and devastated by their loss.

Lord, the days alloted to each of us are in your fatherly care. Though we are saddened by the tragic death of Richard and Rishaud, we entrust them into your tender loving care. May these twins live, radiant and for ever young in the happiness of your kingdom. We also pray for their family and all those that mourn their loss. Comfort them with the great power of your love and strengthen them with the faith that they are with you forever.

We also remember the children of Somalia who have died of malnutrion and disease recently. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those suffering from this disaster. May these precious souls through the Mercy of God rest in peace.

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September 13, 2011, 4:27 pm

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, Age 29

TEHRAN, Iran We ask your prayers for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, age 29, who have been on trial in Iran since 2009, when they mistakenly hiked into Iran. An Iranian court has set bail of $500,000 each for the two American men. Please pray for a speedy return of the men to their families.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the Americans could be freed "in a couple of days." He described the bail offer as a "humanitarian gesture" and repeated complaints about needed attention for Iranians held in U.S. prisons.

Last month, Bauer and Fattal, both 29, were sentenced to three years each for illegal entry into Iran and five years each for spying for the United States. They appealed the verdicts.

Lord, we ask for an outpouring of your love and compassion on all political prisoners, especially Shane and Josh. Through the power of your cross free all those who are in need. Supply them with your corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Set captives free, loose the bonds of prisoners and restore the basic human rights of the sick, the poor and the dying. We entrust all souls in need this day to your mercy and love. AMEN

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September 9, 2011, 3:59 pm

Richard, Susanne, Phil and Abhijit

Washington, DC - We are praying for all those who have lost their jobs and are in financial crisis because of the economic downturn of our country. Over 16 million Americans are out of work. We pray that our Lord will answer our prayers for economic recovery through His Divine Provision. We pray for our President, and all elected officials, who have sponsored Job legislation. Lord, through your wisdom and grace, empower our efforts to help all those out of work and in dire need.

We specifically pray for Richard, Susanne, Phil and Abhijit, who are members of our prayer website and have asked our prayers. Lord, increase our trust so that your grace may turn this life's trials into opportunities to grow closer to you. Use all our life experiences as occasions to experience your healing love and mercy. Lord, turn everything to good, never let us become discouraged but with great confidence trust in your mercy and Divine abundance. We ask this through the intercession of the most Holy Trinity - in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

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September 6, 2011, 1:29 pm

State Trooper Drew Spencer Age 27

Lansing, Michigan - A 27-year-old Michigan State Police trooper is in critical condition. Trooper Drew Spencer, who works out of the Lansing post, was conducting a traffic stop at about 7:25 p.m. Sunday when a driver lost control and struck and threw him, according to Inspector John Shaw with the Michigan State Police. Spencer was flown to University of Michigan Hospital.

The 49-year-old male driver of the car that hit Spencer was transported to Sparrow Hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear at this point if the Novi man will face charges, as the investigation is ongoing.

Lord, we pray for State Trooper Drew Spencer and all public servants who have been injuried serving on a local, state or national level. Bless them as our public servants and inspire more people to be generous with their time and energy to nurture and protect all family and community life.

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September 2, 2011, 3:18 pm

Miknos Simanga Making a DIfference in Zambia

Zambia - Miknos Simanga is not only making a difference he is being a difference in his neighbors' lives. Several years ago, Miknos Simanga received three chickens through a PLAN Livelihood Program in his village in Zambia. Through the program, Miknos learned how to care for the chickens and boost their egg production, improving his familys nutrition and generating income.

In time Miknos added pigeons, guinea fowl and turkeys to his small enterprise. Today, he is a well regarded animal care expert and one of 60,000 PLAN volunteers worldwide. PLAN is a 70 year old program that has helped over 1.1 million children and their families through hands on programs that provide food, shelter and education for the poorest of poor. PLAN recipients pay it forward by sharing the blessings they have received with others in their community.

Each week Miknos visits 125 farmers, traveling on a bicycle provided by PLAN to help him efficiently treat the communitys livestock. Miknos spends about 70% of his time working with his neighbors.

If people, through PLAN, are kind enough to help us, then its worth the sacrifice to make sure their assistance makes a difference, he says. Someone calls me if their chicken is sick or if they dont know which seeds to plant. A sick goat might not seem urgent to you, but here it may equal the loss of a familys entire livelihood. It is important business.

If Im able to send my children to school and my neighbors are not, this is not something to be proud of. I must help them achieve my level of success. For Miknos, success is his one-room mud hut, some poultry, a few cattle, a 20-year marriage with his wife Anasiasia and three children all of whom attend school.

To share what I have my knowledge, my guidance, my support this is just the right thing, he explains.

Lord, help us to be Apostles of Mercy like Miknos by sharing the blessings we have received with others. Continue to be generous in your Providential care so that we may be generous to those in like need. Protect the good you have given so it may multiply and flourish according to your Divine Destiny. In all things we give you thanks for nothing is accomplished except through your grace and blessing. AMEN

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