Thursday, December 30, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Chase the Cat

From Beth:
I live in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and on Christmas Eve around 6:30pm my beloved cat Chase got outside and we have not been able to find him. My heart is broken. I have searched in freezing temperatures, during the day, the night, in a rain storm which turned to a snow storm. I cannot find my boy Chase. I have cried, I have prayed, and I continue to search every day. On hands and knees I search under bushes, decks and homes. Please pray that Chase may find his way back to me. He has blessed my life in ways I cannot express. I just want to hold him in my arms again and tell him I love him. Please pray for him. His name is Chase Lee Gailius, he is a 13lb. male orange tabby and I love and miss him dearly.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Bellini the Cat

From Marcella:
Thank you for having this blog. We went home for the holidays and
brought our two beautiful cats with us, Noel and Bellini. My brother
the genius let Bellini out at 11:30 at night on Monday the 27th and he
has not returned. Since this is not his house, I'm scared that he is
confused and frightened. Please pray for his safe return and also pray
to that I may forgive my brother for being careless. We love Bellini
so much!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Prayer Request for Sammy the Cat

From Ed:
Please pray for my dear cat Sammy of 17 years who had a recent bout with megacolon. Please pray that God help him recover so that he may continue to bring us love and joy. Thank you in advance for all your prayers.

Prayer Request for Dennis the Cat

From Frank:
Please pray for my sweet cat, Dennis, who has a growth around his trachea. Please pray that God wills that it is treatable and that he will recover and return home where he is loved.

Prayer Request for Magoo the Dog

From Eileen:
i would like to see if my dog "mr.Magoo" could get on a prayer line? he recently injured himself walking up hill in the deep snow. he has lost partial use not all of his hind quarters. he is the best dog and i love him sooo much! i am praying for him and wanted to see if i could get him a lot of extra prayers. thank you to all

Urgent Prayer Request for Marty the Dog

For Helen: Please keep Helen's dog Marty in your prayers. He is in the vet hospital on IV because of pancreatic problems. Marty is the sweetest dog you will ever know. He is also very old. Thanks so much.

Urgent Prayer Request for Flash the Dog

"Flash"

From Rose:
My name is Rose and my husband is Brian. Brian is disabled and has a hospice nurse come out to the house. As the nurse was leaving, my Chihuahua by the name of Flash ran out the door without the nurse realizing he was gone. I live on a ranch shared with a few neighbors but it is pretty rural in NM. I along with a neighbor and my other dog Zach searched for him all last night but couldn’t find him. I am in need of everyone’s desperate prayers. My husband is also devastated as he was his little buddy.

Please pray for his safe return. Thank you and God Bless You,

Monday, December 27, 2010

Miracles of the Saints over Nature: -Dogs, Birds and other animals

St. John Bosco

It is absolutely amazing to see the obedience that relatively unintelligent animals often performed at the bidding of the Saints. The lives of the Saints are full of stories pertaining to the extraordinary influence of the Saints over many different kinds of animals. God, it seems, allows the Saints to have this extraordinary rapport with the animals, so as to draw their fellow man closer to Him by marveling at the wonders that He works between the Saints and the animals.
The article can be found in its entirety at Miracle of the Saints: Miracles with Dogs, Birds and Other Animals.

Thanks to Sue C. for sharing.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Kayleigh Belle the Dog

From Anne:
Happy holidays! I have the sweetest loving little Spaniel! My 9 year old English Toy Spaniel, Kayleigh belle, was diagnosed with Congested heart failure a few days ago. Unfortunately, she is in the more advanced stages and has been fainting a lot. It breaks my heart to see her coughing all the time and having these episodes of seizures. She used to be such a vibrant little girl. I wish it were possible to buy a medicine that will take away all of this at any monetary cost. But all I can do is love her and pray for more birthdays. Please help my family and pray for her wellness. The cardiologist says even with all the medication (she has to take 4 pills every day) she has about 1 year or so left before her heart will give up. My heart will never give up on her and I am willing to do everything possible to prolong her life. I pray for a few more Christmas with her. Please, please, please keep her in your prayers. I am not ready to say good-bye to her yet.

Thank you so much for creating this site. You are amazing for doing so.

God bless you and your family.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

One of our cats
I want to wish each one of you a very blessed and Mele Kalikimaka! 

May God bless you, your families and your pets abundantly.

Update on Simba the Dog

From Cindy:
I would like to give you an update on Simba. I just left the vet hospital from visiting; He is on so many different types of meds and two IV's. He actually seems to be feeling better. They said that he is more alert, and his fever is down. Although, He is still not eating. He has a long road to recovery, but through all the prayers, My baby will make it through this. I believe God will perform a miracle just like he did when Mary gave birth to Jesus tonite. Please keep him in your prayers. I pray all during the day for him and also pray with him on my visits. Thank you so much for all the prayers, and everyone have a wonderful Holiday.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Catholicism Project - NEW TRAILER

Urgent Prayer Request - Kingle the Kitten

From Heidi:
I adopted a kitten yesterday, went to Pittsburgh to get him. I named him Kringle. This morning after he went potty I discovered he had a prolapsed rectum..by the time he got to my vet..it was severe and needed immediate surgery. He is in recovery now. He is 11 weeks old…I will keep him, no matter what, he is mine now and I ended up with him for a reason. I would like to pray that he recovers quickly and will not need any further, more invasive surgeries. Amen.

Prayer Request for Teddy the Dog

From Carol:
Thanks for praying for Teddy he is a 2 year old Cocker Spaniel. He is very much loved and missed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ask Blessed Seelos for a Gift Today

Shared by Mary Jane:
166 years ago today, Francis Xavier Seelos was ordained a Priest. A Priest forever according to the law of Melchizedek. He is filled with joy and waiting for you to ask for a gift. Prayers can be found at Seelos Center

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prayer Request for Mali the Dog

From Maria:
Our little dog, Mali (pronounced Mali) has been missing since the evening of 12/18/10. We are missing her so badly, and would like to ask for prayers for her safe return home for Christmas.
Thank you,

Urgent Prayer Request for Simba the Dog

From Cindy:
I ask that everyone keep my Rottie, Simba in their prayers; He was diagnosed with heartworm disease on 12/04/10; His vet immediately started treating him, and this past Friday, he just stopped eating; I tried everything to get him to eat; He ate very very little; Then Sunday, he ate nothing at all. I took him back to his vet on Monday, and he had lost 4lbs since his last visit; They kept him and started running tests; They have now found that he has an enlarged heart with fluid at the base of it and also has fluid building up in his abdomen; I love this dog like my own child. He has given me so much joy, companionship, and unconditional love; The vet says that it could go either way; They are giving him lasix for the fluid around his heart, antibiotics, and they are starting him on an IV drip; So, please, please pray for Simba..He is my heart.. Thanks in advance

Prayer Request for Teddy the Dog

From Carol:
Our dog Teddy has been missing since 10/29/2010 please pray for his safe return.
Thanks

Update on Patches the Cat

From Spencer:
Patches is home now. He's doing well. He's on medicine for the lung infection and the heart condition. Thank you for your prayers. I know know that without them, Patches would not have improved like he did.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Update on Coco the Dog

Hi Friends.
My dog's biopsy results came in. The bladder tumor was malignant. The prognosis is guarded. I am grateful that the tumor has been removed. I am especially grateful for all your prayers.

I found an article that I feel is very helpful for owners of pets suffering from bladder cancer...or any other cancer.

3 Simple Steps to Treating Bladder Cancer

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

Sad News on Dudley the Dog

Dudley

From Sarah and Scott: We are writing with some sad news to share with you. We said goodbye to Dudley yesterday afternoon. He died peacefully, on his own, in his own time, and he was not in pain. We are so grateful for this. Dudley shared his life with us for almost 12 years. We are going to miss him greatly. Dudley was a great example to us - he never hurt, betrayed or let us down. He was not unkind, thoughtless, selfish, self-absorbed or mean-spirited. We only wish that we could embrace these qualities in our own lives.

Today dear friends sent us this memorial to Dudley:

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." - Robert Louis Stevenson.

It will be a different sort of Christmas for us this year, a much quieter one, and the house feels pretty empty.

I (Scott) was very grateful for your website and your encouragement that I pray to specific saints, asking for their intercession. I feel this practice made a difference in my own life - I was able to let Dudley go when it was time, and I believe St. Francis came to bring him home.

Merry Christmas - Peace be with you,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Zoe the Cat

From Audrey:
Please pray for Zoe. She is a very precious and well-loved 7 year old Tortoiseshell who came to live with my mother as a kitten. Zoe was an orphaned, cross-eyed little thing that my mother fell in love with and adopted. Two weeks ago, Zoe had a kidney removed and the one that is left is not great. She's home now but recuperation is slow. She's a real trooper in her little Santa teeshirt that holds in her feeding tube and graciously puts up with the regular feeds and medication down the tube. She needs your prayers so that she begins to eat on her own and can visit the litter tray. She's got wonderful doctors but needs your prayers to get better. Please pray for Zoe. Many thanks and God bless.

Prayer Request for Laali the Dog

From Simita:
I would like you to please help me pray for a missing dog called
Laali. She is elderly and has some discomfort in the hind legs. She
was on the street near my parents home in a small hill town of Almora,
Uttarakhand in India. With winter approaching, we moved her to a care
facility where she was well look after. Someone left a gate opened and
she and another dog wandered off. While the other dog was found, she
has been missing since Saturday, Dec 18.
I am very worried about her. Though I have said a silent pray for her
to St. Anthony, I would like your help.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Sebastian the Cat

Sebastian

From Jamie:
My 3 year old cat Sebastian has just been diagnosed with FIP. On Monday we find out how far along the FIP has taken over, although it is well known that FIP, no matter how far along it is, the disease is fatal and there is no cure for it. My baby really needs some prayers of LOVE and COMFORT, I wish him to be comfortable and happy for how-ever long he is here with us. He has always been the sweetest, most friendly and lovable companion. Thank You!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Most Recent Update on Patches the Cat

From Spencer:
I wanted to let you know that Patches is doing better today. I went to see him and his breathing and heart function have improved. The vet wants to keep him until Monday.

Please continue to pray for him. Pray that he continues to make progress. Your prayers, I know, are helping him. Thank you. Thank you.

God Bless

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Prayer For Feral Cats by Jamie Hall

Photo source

From Norine via Facebook.
Dear God, is there a place in your heaven for me? For people say I am just a cat. I was born to the freedom of the streets and knew only my mother to give me comfort. Now I am older, human eyes do not gaze on me like those when I was a kitten.

I do not understand why, but soft, warm glances switched to hard, cold stares so sharp they seem to pierce my very body. I am shunned and shooed and my only crime is to provide myself with warm shelter and food to survive.

Were it not for ...a few kind souls during my life, I may have perished. Yet, I would have perished free and living the life I have come to cherish. The streets are my home, it is where I know, where I feel safe, where I wanted to die. Being a cat, I have an acute sense, an ingenuity most humans would dismiss, but I fell to temptation for the morsel of food left in an effort to end my life. I now find myself trapped in a cage of wire unable to run, unable to hide. Is it right I am here because of one who could not tolerate my very being and set this death trap in which I now pray for compassion?

I long for the smell of the streets and everything I know as home. My heart is beating like a million drums and desperation drives my every sense and terror fills my soul. Dear God, is it right my life will be taken from me today, for no other reason than I am a feral cat, my life regarded my many as disposable and of no consequence? In life, I have neither hurt nor held hatred to a single body, my defenses were not of choice, but sparked by the very fear of humankind and its uncaring ways.

With my last breath, I forgive those who do not see me for who I am - a vibrant, healthy animal, that, through misfortune and at the hands of a human, found myself born to the streets. And when I leave this world, I pray you endow upon such humans a sense of compassion and a realization we are all God's creatures and no one life is of greater importance than another. I ask this so my death today may not be in vain. The time has come.

--- Dear God, is there a place in your heaven for me?

Update on Patches the Cat

From Spencer: Here's the update on Patches. The lung infection is better, but he is still breathing heavily. The doctor is trying to get the excess fluid out; and he is starting him on a diuretic and a medicine that opens up the blood vessels, so his heart won't have to work so hard. When I saw him today, his stomach had a lot of fluid in it. Once the fluid gets out, he'll start feeling better and begin to recover. Please pray that the medicines help him.

Thank you for your prayers. Thank you.

Prayer for My Pet

Picture source - Evann, a good friend of our pets

I found this beautiful prayer on one of the prayer cards I had. I will post it on the sidebar too.

In Your infinite wisdom, Lord God,
when You created the Universe
You blessed us with all living creatures.
We especially thank You for giving us our pets
who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life.
Their presence very often helps us get through trying times.
Kindly bless my pet.
May my pet continue giving me joy and remind me of Your power.

May we realize that as our pets
trust us to take care of them, so we should trust You to take care of us,
and in taking care of them we share in Your love for all Your creatures.
Enlighten our minds to preserve all endangered species
so that we may continue to appreciate all Your creatures.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Patches the Cat

From Spencer:
Please pray that my cat, Patches, gets well again. He has a respiratory problem and is at the veterinarian's office receiving treatment. Please pray that my little friend stays strong and recovers. Please pray that Dr. White and his assistants provide the proper treatment and do a good job in helping Patches get better. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Urgent Prayer Request for Annie the Dog

From Susan:
Our little white precious Annie is very sick. I would love for all who read this email that they pray that they can find out what is causing her grave sickness...nothing the vets have tried have worked. She is only 7 years old and has two little children pet owners who will be devastated without her....she is the light of their lives as well as mine....she has added so many happy times to our family. Please pray for Annie. Thank you for creating this wonderful website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Prayer Request for Cindy Lu Hu Hu the Cat

From Becky:
Thank you for having this site. Please prey for my 3 year old cat Cindy Lu Hu Hu. She snuck out yesterday morning (12/11/10) and has not been home since. I have just recently moved into a new place in the country and I've not let her out and I am very worried that she is lost, hungary, very scared or even worst; to have been attacked by coyotes. My heart is aching and her little baby brother is looking all over the house for her. Please, please, please god let her be ok and find her way back home.

Prayer Request for Kira the Cat

From Alisha:
Our cat Kira has been missing since 10/23. Please help us pray for her safe return.

Thank you,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Prayer Request for Sweetie the Cat

From Kristy:
Please join me in praying for Sweetie. He his my heart. He is an 8 year rescue cat, who was originally diagnosed w/FLUTD with the large food recall a few years ago. This is about the 7 or 8th episode since then. I don't have the money for a return trip to the vet, and am doing the same things they had me do last time. Oral water give to him multiple times during the day by myself or my mom. He has started to eat a little, but is still not really going at all. I have tried a couple of homeopathic treatments, but all they do is make him sick. He is a special cat w/a very special bond w/me and his two fur brothers. Please pray for a quick and lasting healing.

Prayer Request from Cal the Cat

From Philip:
Please pray for my daughter's cat Cal who is suffering from a blockage. He was doing well for a week but now seems to have it back again.
My daughter has been having a hard time lately with a lot of things going wrong and Cal gives her so much love and comfort. She needs him It's back to the vet this morning. Please help him recover.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Prayer Request for Buddy the Cat

From Dorothea,Jonathan and Micaela:
Could you please include our precious cat Buddy in your prayers.
We are totally devastated and heart broken since we last saw him on Saturday night (4th Dec 2010). It's very cold here in San Antonio right now and we are so worried about him. Is he warm, has he got food, is he injured?
We love and miss him terribly and he belongs to my daughter(11 yrs) and it hasn't quiet sunken in yet that he is missing. He has done this before but he was only gone for a day/night.
He is 4 years old and we've had him since we was 6 weeks.
He is a member of our family and we feel that he is so lost without us as we without him.
I have included a photograph of Buddy.
Thank You

Q & A: Why Do Animals Have to Suffer?

Q - Can you explain the Catholic view or doctrinal explanation for why animals suffer? I struggle to form a coherent explanation which explains the seemingly violent and apparently innocent suffering of so call “dumb” and not so dumb animals.

A - Thanks for the question. If you have ever seen an animal in physical pain, it can be quite distressing. Less than a year ago, my dog was attacked by another dog and mortally wounded. For more than 24 hours she suffered physical pain until the Veterinarian advised us to have her put down, because she would not be able to recover. It was a horrible experience for us all.
Read the rest of Aggie Catholic's answer here

Monday, December 6, 2010

Update on Cinnabar the Dog

From RA:
Cinnabar update. He is eating much better now, all it takes is a bit of hot water to be added to his kibble. He is up & around fine and he seems to be in good spirits. His vision & hearing is on the fritz so he is snappy & skiddish around Deezy, so we have to keep them separated all the time. Thank you all for the prayers!!

Good News on Angel the Dog

From Michelle: First update:
Your prayers have worked!!! Our Angel is scheduled to come home late this afternoon! Her heart rate is normal and while she is still arhythmic, the amount of normal heartbeats have increased from 10% to 50% and improvments continue! She's n...ot eating yet, but she is drinking (which was crucial; otherwise they have to continue an IV drip), and the vet just told us when they let her out of her cage, she walked over to the door and looked at them like she wanted OUT! We are so blessed by ALL of your prayers.

Most recent update:
Angel is no longer arhythmic! She's not eating, but she DID take her pain meds and antibiotic wrapped in Philadelphia cream cheese from my hand -- such a good girl! And she is drinking well. Just some recuperation time -- and then, if the masses in her spleen were cancerous (still out for testing)

Prayer Request for Bear the Dog

From Patty:
I am sending this prayer request in for my daughter. Her dog Bear - Huskey/Boxer mixed is missing. She has been looking for him for two days. Please say prayers that he comes home or they find him safely. We have recently lost two dogs that we have had for 9 yrs and I don't think she could handle losing another. Bear is only 10 months only. Ive enclosed a picture so you can see what he looks like.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Prayer Request for Buster the dog

From Linda:
Hi
My dog Buster just turned 8 years old. He has been such a faithful companion. He would reach people on a level that no one else could reach. In Sept, just 3 months ago, he was diagnosed with a malignant prostate tumor and given until Christmas to live. Today he isn't doing well. One of his eyes have half shut.

My prayer is that the Lord grant a cure and if a cure isn't to be that he ease his suffering and that Jesus takes him so that I don't have to make the dreadful decision.

Thank you for your prayers
Peace in Christ

Good News on the Special Prayer Request

From Michelle: I wanted to show you the answer to our prayers about a new furbaby. This is Sylvia Joy. We adopted her the week before Thanksgiving. She is the sweetest, most gentle and loving one year old Tuxedo kitty ever! Her purr is so unusual as it sounds like the "coo" of a pigeon! She does play a little but she is happiest cuddling someone or helping on the computer. Thank you for your prayers. I feel God has answered those prayers. Sylvia Joy will never replace our E.J. Or Katie-Bug, but she does ease our sorrow. Thanks and God bless,

Friday, December 3, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request Angel the Dog

From Michelle:
Our dog of 13 years, Angel, had a spleenectomy yesterday. Is having heart an arrythmic heart (heartbeat irratic and slow). Please say a prayer for her. We know she's a dog, but she's precious to us.

The following is an update:
Tonight is critical. They must stablize her heart. We moved her to the emergency hospital where they are going to give her beta blockers to try to get her heart pumping correctly.

Update on Pep the Cat

From Ester G.:
Thank you very much for your prayers for my cat Peps. She is feeling better and I hope she will recover totally. She was losing weight and did not want to eat , that's when I requested your prayer for her. She is now eating a little bit at a time and also playful.

thank you,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Update on Ali the Dog

From Heather:
Thank you for your prayers! I just received a call from the vet and Ali has Ehrlichiosis, a very serious and potentially deadly, tick borne disease. I just did some research on this disease and I hope that you can post something on your site about awareness. It can be treated, but if my vet hadn't though to test for this disease, Ali may have died. Again, thank you for your prayers and I hope that knowing about this diease may help others!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Ali the Dog

From Heather:
Please pray for my 6 year old Greyhound, Ali. She is very sick, hasn't been eating and has lost a lot of weight. I am waiting for test results and need prayers desperately. I love my baby and can't bear to lose her. I will be praying for everyone's pets who have been posted on your site. Thank you...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Prayer Request for Pokka the Puppy

From Stefanie:
Please pray for our puppy, Pokka. She's only four months old and an American Bulldog/ Pit mix. She disappeared from a friends house on November 22nd during a snow storm. We have searched nonstop for her since with no luck. The kids have been crying for her daily. We just want our baby home.
Thank you for your prayers

Monday, November 29, 2010

Prayer Request for Sadie the Dog

From Susan:
Please pray for our beloved Sadie who is ill with liver disease

Urgent Prayer Request for Gato the Kitten

From Comment Section:
My little kitten is missing from November 26..A boy from our neighbor left him somewhere..we've been asking him,where did he left it..but he's not telling us the exact location..i am really scared.I just can't understand how these people could steal a kitten ..please i will be praying to Saint Anthony so that i can find him..it would be really nice,if you can pray for him too.Thank you Saint Anthony and Everyone.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Good News - Jack the Cat

From Ruth:
Thank you everyone - our prayers have been answered - my dear friend has just returned home, and he is uninjured!

Bless you all, and thanks again.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Update on Cinnabar the Dog

From RA:
Cinnabar still has a temp but is has eaten a little & gone outside by himself, still waiting for blood test results. Thank you so very much,
Please continue to pray for him. Thank you!

Urgent Prayer Request for Foster Kitten Cara

From Linda:
Could I kindly ask you to pray that I get my foster kitty Cara back very soon? She was adopted out last week to a young couple and I am devastated. I didn't realize that she would be adopted as I was planning to adopt her myself. Can you please pray that I get her back from the people who adopted her? Please help me find a way to do that also.

Thank you.

Prayer Request for Gin the Dog

From Chris:
Please pray for Gin, our 7 year old rottweiler. She is suspected to have liver disease. She is such a good lovable dog! I hope and pray that this is not the case and she'll make a full recovery.
Thank you!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Update on Smith the Dog

From Dione:
Smith is doing very well now and the Vet is hopeful he will make a full recovery. I am so grateful to the many people who prayed for him. His illness has made me value the kindness of strangers.

Update on Coco the Dog

My dog is home following surgery. The vet removed a nickle sized tumor from her bladder. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for your prayers. I am also forever grateful to Bl. Seelos, St. Martin de Porres, our Blessed Mother, etc. They really answered our prayers. It was a miracle that the vet had a cancellation yesterday. Otherwise, it would have meant a very long wait.

I would just ask that you pray that the tumor was not maligant. Thank you again.

Urgent Prayer Request for Cinnabar the Dog

From this blog's good friend RA Husky:
Our husky friend Cinnabar is very ill. We would humbly request prayers for strength for him & his family, thank you,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Prayer Request for Jack the Cat

From Ruth:
Please pray for my precious friend and lost cat, Jack. Jack has been gone since 21 November.

Thank you so much

Prayer Request for Smallville the Dog

From Joan:
Our tiny spayed female Chihuahua, Smallville, ran out of the yard and we couldn’t catch her. She has never done this before. Has never been by herself at night or ever stayed outside the house especially at night. It has been over 7 hours and we have searched on foot and in car and cannot find her. Her family is heartbroken...please ask God to have one of his angels to lead her home safely tomorrow...bless you all and bless the animals that we love and love us and the ones that are in pain, alone, mistreated, abused and neglected. Thank you.

Updated Prayer Request for Coco the Dog

She will be going in for exploratory surgery today. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you very much.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Prayer Request for Coco the Dog

Hi friends.

After a month of non-stop bleeding, it appears my dog has a bladder tumor. She needs more tests to see if it is malignant or benign. In your kindness, please say a prayer for my little dog. Thank you so much.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Prayer Request for Pep the Cat

From Ester:
Pep is sick. cannot eat, throwing up, losing weight. Pray for her. she is only 10 years old and very sweet. her brother Moo is always sad cannot figure out why they could not play together. Thank you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prayer Request for Gus the Dog

From Miss Jan:
THANK YOU for a beautiful blog!

My 15-year-old Jack Russell Gus is at the vet today, they think he might have liver disease but that actually is a step up from the original suspicion of liver cancer. So, I was looking for a way to send a thank you prayer to St. Roch and St. Francis for that tiny improvement after fervent prayer - and I found the blog. It is so helpful and I will tell you why. I am not religious in the sense of organized religion but am spiritual but also have little idea to whom to pray or even how. I learned about St. Roch a couple weeks ago (though I knew of St. Francis already) and St. Jude because someone told me of this saint, so I sent pleas for help for my Gussie to those saints and even this small improvement of Gus' situation I believe means those prayers were answered. I'm not sure I should be greedy and ask others to pray for him too - you can see I'm sort of floundering in unfamiliar territory here. BUT now I have a couple of more saints (found in your blog) to whose attention I can bring my Gussie's plight with the help of the lovely prayers on your site and some of my own which are admittedly a little clumsy and lacking in grace.

THANK YOU for helping us with animals help them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prayer Request for Chester the Cat

From Christine:
Please pray for our lost cat Custer.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good News - Baby the Cat

From the Twigg Family: She is home! :) Thank you so much for the prayers!!! :))))))

Prayer Request for Baby the Cat

From the Twigg Family:
My beautiful and sweet Siamese-mix cat went missing yesterday... it has been 24 hrs now, and I am worried sick. I found a puddle of antifreeze under my husband's truck last night when I was looking for her. I knew something was wrong when I called her and she did not come. I fear she might have walked across the antifreeze and licked her paws.. or perhaps was attacked by another animal... or even snatched up by someone because she was such a beautiful cat. I am heartbroken, and so is my 82 yr old mom. Siamese Baby was her cat... they loved each other. Please pray for my Siamese Baby to be safe and return to us very fast... Momma's heart rate was running too fast last night, and neither of us could sleep all night.

Update on the Two Lost Pet Dogs

From Cathy:
I asked for a prayer request last week for my two lost beagles Patch & Maggie. Maggie is home safe & sound but I’m sad to say Patch has not been found yet I’m trying to remain hopeful. I am still searching for Patch and don’t plan to give up yet.



Thank you from Maggie & God Bless

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Good News on the Abandoned Cat

From Star:
I do art therapy in my home as a volunteer - and one of the young men I work with is Alazar - he is 10 and has had an abusive background - however was adopted by this absolutely wonderful man who is a great father. We were doing our session and decorating pinecones for Christmas and they met the kitty. I explained what was going on and that I was taking her in tomorrow and how scared for her I am. Alazar and his dad are taking her!!!! She will have her babies in peace and quiet - and we will all work to get homes for all of them and the mother - and we will have them neutered. THANK YOU GOD - and thank you for your prayers. Please continue to keep her in your prayers that the delivery is good and that we can find good homes for all.

Prayer Request for Teddy the Dog

From Nicola:
Please say a prayer for my little old dog Teddy. His canine tooth broke off below the gum line and it is sore to eat. I am hoping that time will make the nerve die if that is causing the pain. I don't want for him to have an anesthetic because my last pet died coming out of the anesthetic. May God heal Teddys mouth in Jesus name.

Update on Smith the Dog

From Dione:
I just wanted to thank everyone who is praying for Smith. His blood levels have come back up a little and I attribute that only to the many kind, and caring people who are praying for him. We aren't out of the woods yet, so keep the prayers coming. I just wanted to share the little bit of positive news that we have had.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Pregnant, Abandoned Cat

From Star:
A family in our neighborhood moved, no forwarding address, and left behind a pregnant little kitty who is frightened. I am feeding her and caring for her outside as I have two inside kitties and my landlord will not, under any circumstances, allow another in my apartment. Please, I pray to get her help immediately and have her get vet care, and find a good, loving inside home for her. I am unemployed and broke, and this is breaking my heart. Please, I pray for help for her. God bless.

Prayer Request for Skippy the Cat

From Melissa:
My beloved 8-year-old cat Skippy went missing on November 10, 2010. I'm so worried the worst has happened to him, as it is unlike him to stay gone for more than a couple of hours. He is a very sweet cat and our family and neighbors love him dearly. Please pray for his safe return and the strength of our family to endure the pain of missing him and worrying about him.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Special Prayer Request

From Michelle:
Please pray that the right cat will be brought into our lives. It has been a hard year for us pet wise. Our rescue min pin Katie died of pneumonia Feb. 8th, 2010. She was about 8 or 9 years old. In March we adopted 2 older doxies and found out they were heartworm positive so they had to be returned to the shelter as we were not emotionally ready to cope with a major illness in a pet again so soon. A friend ten gifted us an 8 week old min pin puppy we named E.J. It wasn't easy attending to his needs as a puppy and balancing our health issues, but we loved him so much. Unfortunately, on October 2nd, 2010 E.J. was killed by the neighbors lab when E.J. wandered into their yard when my hubby left the gate open and I neglected to make sure all was secure before letting E.J. Outside. My husband tried hard to rescue E.J. And was bitten on the hands. What he witnessed and the injuries I saw the last 5 minutes of E.J.'s young life horrified us both and we thought we would never adopt again. E.J. Was only 6 months old. Never again will we bring a dog into our lives, but we would enjoy an indoor only cat and will be soon adopting. We spend a lot of time alone and it would be great comfort. Thanks and God bless,

Update on Sadie the Dog

From TG: Thank you very much from all of our hearts. Sadie had surgery, X-Rays proved clean. Her surgery revealed a masted tumor that was sent to oncology in another city.
We have nurtured her the best way we can with love , guidance from the vet, and prayers. Today Sadie the dog is 80% back to herself. The reports are of grade 2 and she is healing very well.
Thank you from the soul of us, for posting Sadie's plight and all that had prayed for her. We are forever grateful. We will continue to monitor your site and pray for all.
Our heartfelt best wishes and hope for your concerns!

Urgent Prayer Request for Smith the Dog


From Dione:
Please pray for my little dog Smith. He is only 3 and has been diagnosed with a bad autoimmune disorder. Every day his test results come back worse. I need prayers to help his blood counts turn around. I never had children so he is the closest thing to a child I will ever have and I love him more than words. Any prayers would be very appreciated.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prayer Request for Two Pet Dogs

From Cathy:
Hi I lost my two female beagles on Nov. 6th, 2010 I still have not found them I’ve said prayers and am searching everywhere. They are older dogs 11 & 7 mother & daughter.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Prayer Request for Maxey the Dog

From Carly:
Maxey my mini schnauzer went missing Friday Oct. 29th. She was only out front for 15-20 minutes and now she is missing. I have done everything I can think of to help her come home. I’m so lost with out her. I’ve had her for over 12yrs. I feel as though half my heart is missing. I’m not the same and it get worse and worse the long she is gone. I think about how she must feel and her wondering why I haven’t found her yet. I miss her so much and a piece of heart breaks even more with every day that pass. I feel so lost and can’t understand why she is still missing. Please pray that some finds it in there heart to bring her back to me and me to her.

Good News - Rocky the Cat

From Silvia:
Great news, Rocky came home today. He looked a bit scared but besides that he was fine.
Thank you very much for your prayers.
All the best and keep up the good work

From a comment left by Silvia for you: Update on Rocky: he returned home safely today. As you can imagine we are extremely happy and relieved, and would like to thank you for your prayers. We will keep praying for you to be as blessed as we were. May our prayers be as comforting to you as yours were to me.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Prayer Request for Rocky the Cat

From Sylvia:
My cat Rocky disappeared last evening. He is an indoor cat and extremely skittish so I worry so much about him out there on his own. We live in a building complex so he may be hiding in some corner. I was hoping he would come home during the night when all was quiet but that did not happen. I've been praying for his safe return but would like to ask you to join me in my prayers. I'm really desperate.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sainthood cause for Blessed Seelos moves one step forward


From the National Shrine of Blessed Seelos:

On September 25, 2010, the official Diocesan Inquiry into an alleged extraordinary healing through the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was finalized. Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien convoked the Diocesan Inquiry Phase in May 2009.

The fact-finding Inquiry Panel investigated the case and heard the testimony of Mary Ellen Heibel, her primary physician and nurse, and other key witnesses, concerning Heibel’s cure of metastasized esophageal cancer. Heibel, a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, MD, had been cancer-free since January 2005, even though the disease had spread to her liver, lungs, back, and sternum, and medical treatment had failed. The cancer disappeared one week after she helped begin a weekly Seelos novena in her parish.

On October 11, 2010, the Redemptorist Postulator General, Rev. Antonio Marrazzo, submitted the results of this investigation to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican. With the Diocesan Phase of the canonization process now complete, Marrazzo’s formal petition for the Decree of Unsealing the Acts effectively begins the Roman Phase.

At some point in the near future, the case will undergo proper scrutiny by Vatican authorities who will determine if the cure meets the criteria for the one miracle needed in Seelos’ canonization.

You are kindly urged to pray for his canonization.

The Redemptorists

H/T to Padre Steve

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Update on Pierre J.the Cat

From Pierre's Owner:
Thank you to all who prayed for Pierre J.'s safe return. He came home to the warmth and safety of his bed and his mom and dad, just before midnight, last night.

We will continue to pray for all of those who have shared their fear, hurt and hopes on this blog. May they gain some peace from the understanding and kind thoughts of others.

URGENT Prayer Request need foster home/s for these 2 puppies only have until Friday

From Anita:
...These 2 babies are in a shelter in Maryland and they do not adopt out Pit/Pit mixes so they will be euthanized on Friday. We really need them to be in a foster home as a kennel environment is too much for puppies. Please feel free to pass this onto your friends & family. We appreciate all your help and hopefully we can save these 2 babies.

Thank you,
Anita ~ CoFounder
Lilo's Promise Animal Rescue

www.lilospromise.com

Urgent Prayer Request for Sadie the Dog

From T.G.:
Please pray for Sadie the dog. Surgery today for Cancer
11/4/10

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Feast of San Martin de Porres

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Litany of St. Martin de Porres

Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us,
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Pray for us.
St. Martin, ever in the presence of God, Pray for us.
St. Martin, faithful servant of Christ, Pray for us.
St. Martin, lover of the Holy Eucharist, Pray for us.
St. Martin, devoted to our Blessed Mother, Pray for us.
St. Martin, spiritual patron of Americans, Pray for us.
St. Martin, raised from the depths to a heavenly mansion, Pray for us.
St. Martin, honored son of Saint Dominic, Pray for us.
St. Martin, lover of the Most Holy Rosary, Pray for us.
St. Martin, apostle of mercy, Pray for us.
St. Martin, winged minister of charity, Pray for us.
St. Martin, miraculously conveyed to far-distant lands, Pray for us.
St. Martin, freed from the barriers of time and space, Pray for us.
St. Martin, seeking the conversion of sinners, Pray for us.
St. Martin, protector of the tempted and repentant, Pray for us.
St. Martin, helper of souls in doubt and darkness, Pray for us.
St. Martin, compassionate to the sorrowful and afflicted, Pray for us.
St. Martin, consoler of the discouraged and unfortunate, Pray for us.
St. Martin, peacemaker in all discords, Pray for us.
St. Martin, touched by all suffering, Pray for us.
St. Martin, comforter of the sick and dying, Pray for us.
St. Martin, angel to hospitals and prisons, Pray for us.
St. Martin, worker of miraculous cures, Pray for us.
St. Martin, guardian of the homeless child, Pray for us.
St. Martin, humbly hiding God-given powers, Pray for us.
St. Martin, devoted to holy poverty, Pray for us.
St. Martin, model of obedience, Pray for us.
St. Martin, lover of heroic penance, Pray for us.
St. Martin, strong in self-denial, Pray for us.
St. Martin, performing menial tasks with holy ardor, Pray for us.
St. Martin, gifted with prophecy, Pray for us.
St. Martin, symbol of interracial brotherhood, Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, Saint Martin,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray: O God, the exalter of the humble, Who didst make Saint Martin, Thy confessor, to enter the heavenly Kingdom, grant through his merits and intercession that we may so follow the example of his humility on earth as to deserve to be exalted with him in Heaven, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Hymn to San Martin de Porres




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I thought I would share a video of typical Peruvian music. María Dolores Pradera - El rosario de mi madre. It is not the happiest of songs but the music brings back good memories for me.




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House Where San Martin de Porres was born.


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St. Martin de Porres' Cranium

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First Class Relic - St. Martin de Porres
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To celebrate the Feast of San Martincito de Porres (as my mom calls him), a Peruvian family's dinner menu that my mom would prepare for us, would be as follows, for example:

Appetizer: Papa a la Huancaína

Main Course: Lomo Saltado
-or-
Aji de Gallina

Dessert: Arroz con Leche

Beverage:
Alcoholic: Pisco Sour
Non-Alcholic: Chicha Morada Made from purple corn.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Update and Prayer Request for Coco the Dog

Please continue to pray for my dog. She finished the antibiotics for what I thought was UTI but I just found bright red blood again. Thanks so much.

Urgent Prayer Request for Panther

From Heidi
Pray that Wednesday is the Beginning of the beginning and NOT of the end. We meet at UC Davis with a Urology specialist to see if she can help him pee. If Davis cannot help he has to be put down and then I want to die! He is SO SO SPECIAL AND DEAR!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Prayer Request for Pierre J.the Cat

From Anonymous:
Please pray for a Pierre J, a beautiful older cat, who went missing early in the morning of November 1, 2010. He recently moved with his mom and dad and he is unfamiliar with his new surroundings. He needs your strength to keep him safe and to find his way home. Please guide him to warmth tonight night and, tomorrow, show him his way back to his mom and dad. Please see his mom and dad through this difficult time, as they hurt so much in his absence.

Prayer Request for Belinda the Dog

From Nancy:
I hope I am sending this to the correct email. If not, please forward if you would. I need prayers for my beloved Belinda, a darling canine angel who is my my heart. She is having nerve problems in her back that are keeping her from standing and she has lost much of her hearing. She may also have some heart problems. Much of this may be due to a temporary separation from me. I am working day and night to remedy that so that I can be with her full-time. All prayers for her and for me are deeply appreciated. God bless!

Prayer Request for Elmer the Cat

From the comment section:
My boyfriend just moved and his cat, Elmer, ran off and hasn't come back since 10/30. Please pray for his return.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Jebby the Dog

From Oona:
Our lovely boxer girl Jebby is dying. We know we can not cure her cancer but we were told she could go into remission with good quality life for the next 6-12 months so we started on chemo.

The first 4 wks went so well. The next 2 went okay. But last 2 she has taken a terrible nose dive. We see her not eating, so weak she can barely stand and with no energies left but to pant…

Yet her little stub wags her eyes were hopeful and happy – until last Week. Then this week we discovered after a couple of trips that she Has had a BAD UTI all along! Well, we are treating now with Baytril hoping her energy and will to live will return as the pain and awfulness of her cystitis infection recedes.



Please ask god for a remission from cancer, a response to treatment That can return her to some good quality life for the next few months.

Over the holiday season (jan) we wanted to take her home to say goodbye to our family.

Please ask God to grant us this request. That she may recover, and be well enough to enjoy the holiday season with us, and our families.

Thank you so much

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Prayer Request for Bob the Pet

From Janet:
We had just brought Bob home after adopting him, and he ran out when the door was opened on 10/16. I have been searching and searching. Please pray that someone kind will take him in and then see one our Lost posters and call us.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Prayer Request for Catzinger the Kitten

Mac posted on her blog that her new kitten seems to be very sick.

Mulier Fortis - Worried.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Cesar the Dog

Please pray for my friend's best friend, a dog named Cesar...he has been diagnosed with cancer and is having surgery this Friday. May St. Francis be with him and provide him a blessing in the form of a full recovery. God bless. Amen

Prayer Request for Murdoc the Dog

From Heidi:
Please pray for Murdoc he is an Irish terrier and is very sick. He is in the hospital and the doctors don't know what is wrong with him. He loves to make people happy and laugh when they are sick or sad, so please help doc get well. Thank you!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Updated Urgent Prayer Request - Panther the Cat

From Heidi: He was unable to pee this morning and cried in pain when I tried to feel his bladder so I took him to the vet.

Vet found his bladder WAS full and they gave him some gas and had to catheterize him to get the urine out. They are going to keep him overnight with the cathteter in and put him on Valium as well as his prazosin and see if that helps but if NOT he will have to be put down as he, at this time, cannot pee on his own.

PLEASE Pray and Pray hard. HE does NOT deserve this as he is a SWEETHEART! I want to die myself if I lose him!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Prayer Request Shamus the Cat

From Leah:
My 3 year old cat Shamus ran away this past sunday. I am heartbroken and can barely sleep at night. Tonight I will be praying to saint anthony for my cats safe return home. I hope for some more prayers from those animal lovers that can feel my pain. Thank you everyone and Saint Anthony

Good News - Toes the Cat

From Tracy:
Hi,
I'd like to thank everyone who have been praying for Toes, She's improving and getting stronger every day.
Thank you all so much.

God Bless,

Urgent Prayer Request for Rocky the Dog

From Suzanne and Family:
I would like to request pray for our dog Rocky who is having his leg amputated tomorrow Thursday due to cancer in the bone. I always say a pray each night to God but now would like some help in having more prayers said to bring Rocky through surgery and to be more comfortable for the time he has left with us.

It has been a very hard decision and still so scared it is the right thing, feel sick to my stomach.

Thank you,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Chloe the Cat

From Teresa:
Please help me. My cat CHLOE that I adopted only 2 and half months ago decided to bolt from the safety of her home on October 18th @ 7 am. She was adopted as a hardship and was going to be put to sleep. She was deemed unadoptable because she has behavior problems. The poor cat grew up for a whole year inside the small confines of a cage. She never knew love or human compassion. I took her adopted her because I could see the sweetness in her sad face. I fell in love with her. So I had a lot of patience and kept talking to her . Finally she was starting to warm up to me and my hubby. But then when i was on my way to work and he was home Monday she bolted right out the door. And he couldnt run after her cuz he is disabled himself. I had to rush home from work which is 45 minutes away (to add to it I got fired for leaving). and there has been no sign of her. I have been calling her. i set her things outside. I put up flyers and also put her up on Home again site, she has a microchip. But CHLOE wont go to anyone, she doesnt come to me, I only have GOD and prayers to turn to now. I have faith and feel she will be with me again. But I am grief stricken and have been crying for 3 days non stop. I hope you can help. God Bless and sincere thanks

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good News on Zap the Cat

From Becky:
I must tell you that I went into the woods this afternoon and there she was on a log just like she was waiting for me

My faith is very deep and once again the power of prayer is beyond words. I took the situation of our family cat that was lost and used it

As a way to explain to my son to help him understand the worry a parent has when a child is late and doesn’t call or text.

Thank you for the prayers and for your website as it helped me find comfort while I looked for Zap. I also learned to look up for a cat and that is who I found her

That you so much as your website is a gift from God.



Thank you ,

Prayer Request for Coco the Dog

Hi Friends: Can you please keep my dog in your prayers. I noticed a lot of blood clots in her urine. She is on antibiotics for UTI. I hope that is all it is not something more serious. Thanks so much!

Prayer Request for Precious the Cat

From Natasha:
My cat Precious has disappeared from our home 3 nights ago. We have searched everywhere for the last few days but she's just vanished.

Please pray for her, we desperately want her to come home she is very much missed by everyone.

Thank you

Monday, October 18, 2010

Update on Didley the Dog

From Debbie:
Thank you for your prayers. He (Didley) seems a little better today no bleeding from his eye but still a little from his nose and is not eating. His brother is watching over him....sitting and laying by him..it's very sweet.

Prayer Request for Zap the Cat

From Becky:
My kitty Zap got out of the house last night I almost caught her but she ran into the woods behind the house

We have searched all day and been praying for her safe return and that she is safe

Please pray for our Kitty Zap

Thank you

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Urgent Prayer Request for Didley the Dog

From Debbie:
Please pray for my redbone Didley. He is bleeding from his nose and eye, we don't have the extra money to take him to the vet. I fear that he has cancer and will die during the night. He is such a good and sweet dog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Prayer Request for Belle the Cat

From Angel:
Please send a pray up for our Belle Kitty. She is 3 years old and pretty much stays in our room with us. She has suddenly become ill with fever and will not eat. I got her all the medical care I am able it is up to God now. She is a good and loving friend. Please pray for her recovery. Thank-you

Prayer Request for Caesar the Cat

From Wendy:
Your blog has brought me new HOPE! My Beloved,little white,Persian cat... CAESAR...snuck out of the house 3 weeks ago. I miss him dearly and worry about him 24 Hrs every day!! This experience has brought me closer to God, as I pray constantly for his safe,speedy, return.I have done all in my power to find him, and have to leave this in the hands of the lord. Please pray we are reunited soon!!THANK-YOU

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Video of Injured Baby Hummingbird Being Nurtured Back to Health



The man who found this tiny bird lying on the sidewalk took it home hoping to nurse it back to health.

He took the little fledgling outside, where it perched on a stick in his hand. He took it around to the flowers to get nectar. The poor little bird seemed to have a broken wing.

As the man sat with the bird cupped in his hands, he was stunned to see the mother hummingbird hovering nearby. She approached the man carefully, first flying around his head. The baby bird called out to its mother, and the mama bird came in closer.

You won’t believe what happened next ...
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Prayer Request for Helen the Cat

From Lisa:
Please pray for Helen. She had surgery for tumors and was doing well. She then developed an infection and has to be restiched on Thursday if all goes well.

Good News! - Keevah McCool the Cat

From Ellen:
Good morning!
After looking for over two weeks, I am happy to announce that the Philadelphia SPCA called me on Friday afternoon to let me know they have our Keevah! The chip worked and so did all of the prayers and positive thoughts we received from you and the people who read your website. Someone turned Keevah into the SPCA from 10 miles away!! She is now home safe and sound with her blind sister and her 3 other pals and we couldn't be happier!

I want to thank you all again for your prayers and warm wishes! I have said my thanks to God and to all the saints for their intercession especially St. Francis, St. Anthony & St. Jude.

I hope you all have happy endings like we have!

All My Best,

Prayer Request for Charlie the Cat

From Charlie's Owner:
Please pray for my cat Charlie, missing since 04/10/10. He is an 18 month old neutered male and has never wandered out of the garden before. We live in the country surrounded by many fields and have searched extensively but there is no trace. I have distributed fliers throughout the neighbourhood but nobody has seen him. I am lost without him

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Prayer Request for Katie the Dog's Owner

From Alisha:
Our dog, Katie, went to be with the angels tonight. She has been suffering with various health conditions for a very long time, some of which included being both deaf and blind. When she went outside a few hours ago, she unexpectedly fell into our pool and we lost her. Our family is having an absolutely horrendous time trying to cope/deal with this loss and we are all in desperate need of prayers. Most importantly, though, I ask that you please say a prayer for our sweet baby, Katie.

We love you, Katie. RIP<3
Please keep Alisha and her family in your prayers as they suffer the tragic loss of their beloved pet.

Prayer Request for Mila the Dog

From Melanie:
i came across your wonderful site as i was doing a google search for the patron saint of dogs. our little girl mila is a 13yr old jack russell who has endured 2 surgeries and so many other ailments in the past year. in january she had to have surgery to remove scar tissue blocking her bile duct, she's had pancreatitis and is being treated for cushings disease. she recently had her gallbladder removed and they did a biopsy of her liver and there was a bacteria infection so she had to remain on IV antibiotic therapy for 5 days extra. that was 2 weeks ago.
the antibiotics were really strong, and because she was borderline renal disease, we fear her kidneys are failing. she hasn't been well the past two days and we are waiting for the results but it's thanksgiving weekend here, and we won't know until tuesday.
we love her so much and want to do whatever we can to help her, but we also don't want her to suffer as she has been through so much this year already.
if you could please pray for her that she will get better and also for us, for strength. i thank God that i was chosen to be her mom and am so thankful for everything she has taught me through the years. even at 13 she is still a ball of energy when she's not feeling sick and it breaks our heart that these things keep happening to her.


thank you so much -

Urgent Prayer Request for Toes the Cat

From Tracy:
Our beloved cat Toes is very sick, and she need's all the help and prayers she can get. I am hoping that you could say a prayer for her and add her to your prayer list. We lover her so much.

Thank you and God Bless.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Prayer Request for Ben the Cat

From Heidi:
He is my 7 year old Spotted Tabby kitty boy and he was scoped today and can't come home as the Vet said he could.

NOW Vet says maybe Friday.

PlEASE Pray he CAN come home on Friday and that his biopsy reports show nothing or nothing serious wrong so he can live a happy and healthy live with me and his siblings!

Update and Good News on Coconut the Dog

From Pam:
I wanted to thank you so much for praying for Coconut. He had his surgery on Sept. 10 and just today he was actually out running in the front yard! His one leg doesn't work so great but it is more than I ever could have hoped for. He's figured out how to use both back legs together and he gets along pretty darn good that way... Thanks again and may God bless you.

Urgent Prayer Request for Frisco the Dog

From Cat:
I have asked for prayers on your list several times since Frisco our Golden who was diagnosed with cancer. Each time he has done better and I know my prayers were answered.

A few weeks ago Frisco was diagnosed with a lesion behind his eye. It was not cancerous - so he was put on an antibiotic. About a week later - his appetite was diminishing and he appeared to have developed a sinus infection (he has had chemo treatment for nasal cancer). We were given another antibiotic and he seemed better, but his appetite has not been good and he has been eating about half of what he normally does.

Today, he threw up this morning and has not wanted anything but water. I gave him a medication for nausea, but it hasn't helped.

We have an appointment tomorrow with the oncologist. I would like to ask for prayers that there is something else we can do -and that we see a clear path to it. If this is not the case - then please pray that I am able to make the right choices for my beloved pet so that he does not suffer.

Thank you!

Urgent Prayer Request for Tiggy the Cat

From Phil (Chase the Cat's friend):
My supervisor at work has a cat that was attacked another cat. His name is Tiggy. Tiggy has only 3 legs, but gets around very well. The other cat bit Tiggy in the neck. This resulted in some nerve damage that affected the side with the single leg. If I heard correctly, she needs to give him IV solutions and what ever else he will need to get better. Could you please say a prayer for Tiggy so he can get better.

Thank you,

Update on Dudley the Dog

From Scott: I want to give you an update on Dudley our Golden Retriever. Yesterday I said many prayers all day long for Dudley and offered my petitions throughout the day to Blessed Seelos, on his Feast Day, asking him to intercede for a miraculous healing for Dudley.

Last night our vet told us that the aspirate that was taken last week during his abdominal ultrasound was not an adequate sample to indicate what the large mass was (that was seen in the ultrasound) near Dudley`s spine. This was disappointing news as we had been waiting on tinder hooks all week long, wondering what the news was going to be and if a treatment would be possible. There are various reasons why the aspirate was not adequate, some of which are too detailed to explain here. We are now facing a new option of having another ultrasound for Dudley. This time a different kind of needle would be used which actually takes a piece of the mass into the needle, assuring that there would be cells present this time. This will then be sent off once again to the lab for analysis, which would hopefully give a more accurate indication of what kind of mass this is. We were told that there is some risk to Dudley with this type of biopsy, since the mass is internal, so a blood test has to be done prior to see if his blood will coagulate. If his blood will coagulate the risks are reduced somewhat. If we choose not to do this more aggressive biopsy, then there is no option for treatment to see if this mass can be reduced. We are wanting to do what is best for Dudley but we are once again feeling so unsettled to be faced with making these decisions.

Our prayer request is first and foremost for a miraculous healing for Dudley, and that he will be able to live longer with us in this world. If a miracle is not possible, we are asking for clarity to make the right decision for Dudley. If that decision turns out to be going ahead with another ultrasound, we are praying that nothing will harm Dudley when this more aggressive biopsy is taken and he will survive this process. We also ask for prayers that the results of the biopsy will indicate what this mass is and that there will be a successful treatment for it. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers, they are really helping Dudley.

Dudley is otherwise in good spirits and is not currently in any pain. His back right leg however, is becoming more impaired each day because of the nerves that are affected by this mass.

I will continue to ask Blessed Seelos for his intercession. Thank you again, for letting me post our request on this wonderful blog-site, and please be assured of my prayers for all of you and your beloved companions.

With every blessing,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, CSsR

As a Confessor:

"He was a much sought after confessor.  Many eyewitnesses testified that he always had a long line of penitents."

"I chose Father Seelos as a confessor, for I, as well as others, looked upon him as a living saint. His confessional at the entrance of the church was closely besieged on all sides. I had to wait about two hours until my turn came." - Brother Neithart

"I habitually went to confession to him...He was a very good confessor, was kind towards sinners, and he had a power that others did not possess." - Valentine Winheim

"I found Father Seelos patient, affable and full of charity. I never left the confessional without consolation and I desired to go to confession to him more than to anyone else. I felt he could read my heart. Sometimes he chided me but his chiding did not depress me but strengthened and consoled me." - Joseph Herzog, a penitent from Baltimore


On Blessed Seelos' Sanctity and Powers of Healing:

  "The parishioners dearly loved him and all were full of praise for him.  He seemed to celebrate Mass with greater devotion than others ordinarily manifested.  As a confessor I found him patient, affable and full of charity and I wanted to go to him to confession more than to others..."

..."Seelos was grave and austere as becomes a priest. Small talk was foreign to him, and no one ever spoke of foolish things to him. He was nevertheless more affable and likable than any other priest I knew. He was always happy, and the spirit of Christ seemed to rule and govern his life." - Joseph Herzog

"I heard everybody speaking of him as a very holy man." - Therese Eckstein, later a Sister of Charity.

Father Seelos healed the husband of a devout Catholic woman. The husband was non-Catholic and ridiculed his wife's religion. The husband had a "suppurating ulcer" on his face. Father Seelos placed his hands on the man's face and prayed. The ulcer disappeared. The man not only stopped ridiculing the Catholic Church but later converted.

Father Seelos also healed an 11 year old girl from convulsions when no one else could help her.

"True happiness consists only in our conformity with our Savior - now to suffer with Him in patience, meekness and perseverance unto death - in order to be glorified with him in true life, true happiness and everlasting joy." - Father Seelos
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On Father Seelos Approaching Death:

..."If God demands the sacrifice of my life, willingly will I make it. The Will of God and my own soul are dearer to me than all the souls in the world." - Father Francis X. Seelos

After his death, many miracles have been attributed to him, according to Bob and Penny Lord in the episode of Bl. Seelos on Super Saints (which airs on EWTN. It seems that after Mother Angelica suffered a severe stroke in 2001, prayers for Blessed Seelos' intercession were offered. After Mother came out of surgery, the doctor declared that one person had survived that kind of brain surgery and that person was Mother Angelica!

On our Prayers for Our Pets blog, Blessed Seelos is one of our patron saints. You can see why after you read the following:

VETS RECOMMEND SEELOS
One night, our chihuahua puppy came down with a bad eye problem. The lower lid of his right eye was swollen and hanging down, appearing like a large red gel sac. We immediately took him to the pet emergency clinic.

The vet did not give a very good prognosis: the eye could be lost. We prayed prayed to Fr. Seelos. His eye was saved, but he would have to take steroids & eyedrops to bring the swelling down. Having had bad reactions to medicines in the past, we begged Fr. Seelos to cure his eye by morning. The next morning his eye was completely normal. When the clinic called the next day for a check up, they were astounded that his eye was normal.

They took Fr. Seelos’ name, and said that they would start recommending the sick pets to his care. While at the pet emergency clinic, I was approached by a lady, distraught at the condition of her cat who was dying of kidney failure. She asked me to pray that he would be cured, while her husband was trying to get her to accept the fact that their pet would have to be put down. I called a friend of mine,
and had her post the request in the Seelos.org guestbook. Twenty minutes later the vet called the woman in, who shortly came back out crying, “It’s a miracle, he’s o.k.” Thanks to Fr. Seelos, there was no more sign of kidney failure.
Sr. Mary Michael, CMSS
Spokane Valley, Washington

Quotes Source: Cheerful Ascetic: The Life of Francis Xavier Seelos, C.SS.R. by Mihael J. Curley, C.Ss.R.

Urgent Prayer Request for Darla the Dog

From Donna:
Darla needs your prayers. She is a 4 month old boxer puppy that went blind 3 weeks ago. Vets think she has GME , an immune deficiency disease that progressively gets worse. She may have only have weeks to live. As a dog, God created her to spread unconditional love to everyone she meets. We need her to continue her purpose in a world that needs lots of love. Please pray for our precious puppy that has already touched so many lives. God needs to take away her illness and restore his sight. Thanks so much for listening to our prayers.
We ask Bl. Seelos whose feast day is today, to intercede for Darla and all our seriously ill pets.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Orleans Archbishop Aymond: Our pets teach us to love as our Creator loves

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4)always reminds us about the emotional value of our pets. Is there any theology involved? St. Francis reminds us that animals are of God’s creation. They don’t have a soul or a spirit as we do, but they are of God’s creation. That’s why Francis talks about Brother Sun and Sister Moon. He found the wisdom and the creativity of God in all creatures. He believed that as we get to know God’s creative work and become friends with and close to God’s creative work, we also come to know the Creator. God can speak to us in many different ways, even through the simplicity and the dependency of an animal, so we ask God to bless them. Whatever the pet is – a dog, cat, bird, fish or even a snake – it gives us an opportunity to see God’s creation, to think beyond ourselves.

It’s kind of amazing that pets can teach us to be more sensitive to human beings. In their great need, they show us how to be attentive to others. For the most part, they offer us unconditional love and presence.

The entire article can be found:

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Thanks Mary Jane for sharing!

A Franciscan Blessing for Our Animal Friends


The following blessing was shared by Father Vincent Inghilterra, a Franciscan. I had asked him to bless our pets here at this blog.
Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of yours.

They have trust in us as we have trust in You; We are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.

( Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer )

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our petitions through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures.

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Prayer Request for Keevah McCool the Cat

From Ellen: Can you please post a prayer for my missing cat Keevah McCool? She has been missing since 9/22/10 when she slipped out a 3 inch opening in the basement window. My husband and I are out of our minds with worry and have put out over 120 posters within the region. We have met many kind people but also have encountered some not so kind.

I have been praying incessantly to St. Francis, St. Anthony and St. Jude and hope that they are listening to my pleas.

I did receive a phone call this morning from a woman who lives on a block exactly 4 blocks away from me (we live in South Philly.) She said she was out walking her dog down my way and saw the posters of Keevah. She called me and told me that she is almost positive she has been feeding Keevah in the mornings and evenings for close to two weeks. My husband and I went to her house right away and when I showed her a picture of Keevah she said, "that's her!" Her daughter has also agreed that is her as well. I am praying and praying that they are right and it is Keevah. She is going to call me the minute she sees her again so that I can make it up there and, hopefully, if it is her, bring her home.

We have 5 rescues and one of them is Keevah's sister, Bugsy. Bugsy is blind and relies on Keevah. Since Keevah has been gone, Bugsy will not leave my side and all of the other cats are barely eating. Please help with prayers that this woman has found her and it won't be long until she is home again where she belongs.

Thank you and God Bless.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

 "If thou wilt be perfect go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor and follow Me...."Take nothing for your journey, neither staves nor scrip, neither shoes nor money."...If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me."  Then said St. Francis to Bernard, "Behold the counsel that Christ giveth us.  Go, therefore, do faithfully what thou has heard, and blessed the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath deigned to reveal to us the life evangelical." - from the Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi Chapter Two:  Of Friar Bernard Quintavalle, the First Companion of St. Francis, and How He Came to Forsake the World to Follow Him.  And Likewise How Silvester Forsook the World.
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Francis was very hurt that Brother Bernard had not answered his calls.   In fact, Brother Bernard was so engrossed in prayer, he did not hear Francis calling him three times.  Francis then went off by himself.  He proceeded to prostrated himself in prayer asking God to reveal to him why Brother Bernard had ignored his calls.  God said to Francis:   

"O poor little one, wherefore art thou troubled?  Ought a man to forsake God for His creature?  When thou didst call, Friar Bernard was united with Me, and therefore could neither come to thee nor answer thee. Marvel thou not if he could not respond, for he was so lifted out of himself that of thy words he heard none..."   Francis to Brother Bernard:  "I command thee by holy obedience that, in order to punish the arrogance and rashness of my heart, though shalt now, even as I lay me supine on the ground, set one foot on my neck and the other on my moth and so pass thrice from one side to the other, reviling and crying shame on me; and especially shalt thou say, "Lie there, churl, son of Peter Bernadone! whence cometh such pride to thee, though that art so vile a creature?"... - Chapter Three: How St. Francis, by Reason of an Evil Thought he Had Cherished Against Friar Bernard, Commanded the said Friar that he Should Treat on his Neck and Mouth. 
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"O good youth, prithee give them to me, lest birds so gentle, that chaste, humble, and faithful souls are compared to them in the scriptures, fall into the hands of cruel men who would kill them."..."O my little sisters, ye simple doves, innocent and chaste, wherefore suffer yourselves to be caught?  Now will I rescue you from death, and make nests for you, that ye may be fruitful and multiply, according to the commandments of our Creator."  - from Chapter Twenty-two: How St. Francis Tamed the Wild Turtle Doves, and Took into the Friary the Youth Who had Snared them but Had Given them Over.

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..."Come hither friar wolf; I command thee in the name of Christ that thou do hurt neither to me nor to any man."... - from Chapter Twenty-one: Of The Most Holy Miracle that St. Francis Wrought When He Converted the Fierce Wolf of Gubbio.

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Painter - Gerrit van Honthorst

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Painter Annibale Carracci

St. Francis in Ecstasy by Carravacchio

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Death of St. Francis by JoséSantiago Garnelo y Alda
...for when St. Francis came to die, after the manner of the holy patriarch Jacob, with his devout children standing around him, all sorrowing and weeping at the departure of so loving a father, he asked, "Where is my first-born?  Come nigh to me, my son, that my soul may bless thee ere I die."  Then Friar Bernard said secretly to Friar Elias, that was vicar of the Order, "Father, go to the right hand of the saint that he may bless thee."  And Friar Elias drew nigh to his right hand, and St. Francis, that had lost his sight through excess of weeping, placed his right hand on Friar Elias' head, and said to Friar Bernard, "God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ bless thee with all spiritual and celestial blessings.  Thou are the first born, chosen in this holy Order to give evangelical example, and to follow Christ in evangelical poverty, for not only gavest thou thine own substance and didst distribute it wholly and freely to the poor for love of Christ, but though didst offer thyself as to God in this Order, a sacrifice of sweetness.  Blessed be thou therefore by our Lord Jesus Christ and by me, poor little in, His servant, with blessings everlasting, walking and standing, watching and sleeping, living and dying.  Let him that blesseth thee be filled with blessings, and he who curseth thee go not unpunished.  Be thou lord over thy brethren and let all the friars obey thy commands, whosoever thou wilt, let him be received into this Order; let no friar have lordship over thee, and be it lawful to thee to go and to abide wheresoever it may please thee."  - Chapter Six: How St. Francis Blessed the Holy Friar Bernard and Appointed him to be his Vicar on Earth When that he should Pass from this Life. 

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Excerpts from the Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi, The Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon.