Saturday, August 18, 2012

patron saint of brain damage?

I know of three jaw-dropping, amazing stories of Venerable Fulton Sheen interceding for a baby who was then healed.  Those three stories, along with other stories of Sheen praying for an infertile woman to conceive and nine months later she gave birth, and his prayer to spiritually adopt unborn babies makes me think of Sheen as a patron of babies.  Especially babies in danger.

But because one of the things that I believe Sheen's intercession did was wipe away my son's brain damage I also believe that he could be the patron of people with brain damage.

And that brings me to Kelly Needham, a young man from Peoria who was recently in a very bad car accident out of state.  It has been almost a week and, as I understand it, he still does not have brain activity.  Things look very grim.  While several people have asked me to pray for him I was just given permission to put this prayer request on my blog, so I share it with you now.

Kelly's pastor, Father David has asked his parish and the community to pray, in confidence, through the intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen that if it be God’s holy will that a miracle would be granted and Kelly's life be saved.

I ask you to please join me in the following prayer:

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.
If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor We now request through his prayerful intercession, for Kelly Needham’s brain swelling to stop, for a complete healing, and recovery of his life.
We make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Thank you and God bless.


melody said...

Venerable Fulton Sheen, pray for us... and intercede for Kelly Needham. God's holy will be done!!!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, he'd already passed before this was posted.