Monday, May 23, 2005

A special parish prayer

Father John Campbell, who has been an associate pastor at the Gesu (the other parish I belong to) from forever, and who is my goddaughter's confessor, has been fighting cancer of the tongue for several months now. We've been remembering him in prayer individually, and now the parish has a prayer-in-common to beg the Lord for him. Please, if you feel so moved, please join us ....

Prayer for Father John Campbell, S.J.

Good and gracious God, ever-loving and ever-present,
we humbly approach You with an urgent petition for our friend,
Father John Campbell of the Society of Jesus,
who is seriously ill with cancer.

The parish community of Gesu,
which Father John has served faithfully for almost 25 years,
begs that he be healed in body, mind, and spirit.

Bless Father John with Your sustaining love.
Ease his pain. Grant him peace, courage, strength, and hope.
May Your love and Your grace be enough for him this day.

We ask that You bless his mother, Mary; his brother, Don;
his brother Jesuits, and his many friends near and far.
Keep safe in the glory of Your loving embrace
all who are experiencing the Cross of Your Son, Jesus.

Through the intercession of Saint Ignatius of Loyola,
Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, Pope John Paul II,
and all the holy women and men from Gesu who are with You,
please return Father John to us, if it be Your holy will.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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1 comment:

Marie said...

I just now came across this prayer. I wanted to share a post I wrote over a year ago about Fr. John: http://lift-up-your-hearts.blogspot.com/2006/10/remembering-fr-john.html