When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons…
Today’s Gospel, Mark 1:32-34
Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
Today’s Psalm Response, Psalm 147
Dear Mother, Immaculate Conception, you came to Lourdes to show us that all who call on your Son have recourse to Him through you; that He will turn away none who earnestly turn to Him. He heals the broken-hearted. Our poor world is sick; our poor culture has various diseases; the demons of vanity, pride, unnatural lust, greed and cruelty run with impunity through all the world. Come again in fulfillment of the promises of Lourdes. Let a new fountain of faith gush up throughout the world, even in the midst of darkness. We pray you to ask your Son to heal young Joey Cronin as a sign that His arm is not stilled, He does not sleep, and is ever ready to heal those who take recourse to Him. Heal our brokenhearted world, we pray.
(Sorry I am so late today. I have spent most of the day with a wonderful little prayer group in Castle Rock, Colorado).