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wow. there are no easy words, but please trust that the grace of god is great enough to redeem whatever words you choose to speak to him.


Peace be with your brother, with you, and with your family as you seek God's guidance on how to best address this situation. Not only do I sympathize with your dislike of dealing with such a situation, I sympathize with your trepidation concerning the unknown. One of the hardest, yet most rewarding, lessons I've been learning recently is how unknown (and even unknowable) God is and learning to be OK with that. My prayers are with you during this time.


May God bring peace into the life of your brother. I too face rounds of IV treatment for my illness. I look at a calendar and know when the disease I am battling will begin to rob me of my ability to walk on my own. I know that I will be under treatment possibly for the rest of my life. I made this known to the deacons in the congregation I am affiliated with and they placed their hands upon me and prayed that God would strengthen me. This brought great comfort to me because men of God prayed on my behalf not for miraculous healing but for strength and peace that can only truly come from God.

Lord, I pray that you will strengthen and comfort Michael as he battles this disease. Lord, give him peace and bring others into his life to strengthen his faith in this difficult storm he endures. I pray this in Your Name Jesus, Amen.

Neal W.

May God guide you in his gentleness and love to be an instrument to help open the eyes of the one you love, recognizing that sometimes silence is the most unloving thing of all.

God bless.


Two morning prayers I use daily but that fit especially those times of going into the unknown:

This one is from my Aunt Edith (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein) -- "O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve you. Enkindle your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace."

[Damien again]For myself, I add to the last line "for I know you are there."

This one is from Fr. Mychal Judge, who died on 9/11: "Lord, take me where you want me to go; Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say, and Keep me out of your way."


And prayers for you, your brother and the whole family.

Dr. Mike Kear

My prayers are with you.




May God guide you in your words and give you the wisdom to speak what Micheal needs to hear. You are in my prayers.


Friend the good Lord will give you the strength to help your brother. I went through such an ordeal with my mother who died of lung cancer and emphesema. I nursed her for 2 years and at times I felt lost emotionally, but He was always there for my mother and for me . Persevere !

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