August 5, Fourth day of the Novena to St. Clare
Today we pray for healing for those who are sick and for guidance for their doctors, medical professionals, and caretakers.
Sickness was a part of life for St. Clare of Assisi and the Poor Clares. Sisters got sick. St. Clare herself was sick for many years. People brought their ill friends and family members to the monastery for St. Clare’s intercession and healing.
When St. Clare learned one of the sisters was seriously ill and suffering from severe pain, she was “filled with great compassion and was moved to pray for her. After making the sign of the cross over her, she was immediately cured.”
Though we desire good health, we still must face various illnesses throughout life. Not long ago, the world was shaken with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people were healed, and sadly many people lost their lives.
Every day we receive calls and emails from people requesting prayers. Most of the prayer requests are for the healing of a sick family member or friend. By uniting with people in prayer, hopefully the burden of sickness becomes bearable for them, and we reduce their feelings of loneliness. To know that someone is thinking of you and assuring you of their prayers is a step toward healing and hope. In this life, let no one be left alone.
May the blessing of St. Clare be with you and give you comfort, hope, peace, and healing from any sickness that causes discomfort and suffering.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and have mercy on you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.” Amen.
Sr. Lucia Bayate, OSC
Ask the Poor Clares to pray for your intentions on their website: Poor Clares Cincinnati
Visit their Facebook page: Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare of Cincinnati, Ohio
Click here to pray the Novena to St. Clare – Day 4