Thursday, February 7, 2013

Litany of Compassion for the Broken, Sick, Crushed and Homeless

We pray with special love and concern for all those who are asking the Lord for his consoling grace in times of need and trial.

R  Lord, be close and give your comfort.

v  When pain or distress is overwhelming. R

v  When the healing process goes slower than hoped. R

v  When terrified by treatment or therapy. R

v  When it’s hard to let go of long-held plans. R

v  When the feeling of alienation arises. R

v  When worn out and weary. R

v  When trouble by impatience and negativity. R

v  When loneliness adds to anxiety. R

v  When sickness makes it difficult to communicate. R

v  When discouragement or despondency sets in. R

v  When fear makes it impossible to face the future. R

v  When the ravages of disease attack self-esteem. R

v  When anger and resentment assail. R

v  When beset by worry or fretfulness. R

v  When it’s hard to rely on others for care. R

v  When envy arises toward those who are healthy. R

v  When pessimism or cynicism holds sway. R

v  When anguish is intensified by the need for reconciliation. R

v  When sickness is mistaken for punishment. R

v  When loved ones are far away. R

v  When sickness causes financial hardship that leads to worry or despair. R

v  When afflicted by the feeling of nothing to hope for. R

v  When weakness makes it impossible even to think. R

v  When friends draw back fearful of disease. R

v  When illness makes those who are suffering moody or irritable. R

v  When haunted by regret and the shame of past sins. R

v  When it’s difficult to sleep. R

v  When there’s loss of appetite. R

v  When there’s resistance to necessary change. R

v  When tempted by denial. R

v  When nobody seems to understand. R

v  When bound to home or restricted in movement. R

v  When listlessness and apathy threaten. R

v  When medication seems to make things worse. R

v  When all that’s needed is a caring touch. R

v  When it’s impossible to maintain familiar routines. R

v  When it’s hard to find the strength to go on. R

v  When it becomes difficult to pray. R

v  When suffering of any sort becomes hard to bear. R

v  When death draws near. R

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name . . .

Most merciful Father, your beloved Son showed special compassion to lepers, prostitutes, the sick, crushed and broken.  We place before you all those who are in need of your healing grace. May the love and mercy of the risen Christ raise up all who suffer and restore them to fullness of life and peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Composed by Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.
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