Thursday, January 8, 2009

Urgent: Prayers Needed for Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

I heard Fr. Mitch mention something last night on EWTN about Fr. Richard John Neuhaus of First Things Magazine, frequent guest on Raymond Arroyo's World Over Live, and commentator at papal events, but he didn't give details.

Today, Fr. Z writes (I have added a link):

Please pray for Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, who is close to death.

Fr. Neuhaus, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is a convert from Lutheranism, an author of great insight and edition of First Things.

Father has developed an infection while battling cancer. He received last rites from Fr. George Ruttler.

In your kindness pray for him. The Enemy attacks priests.

More: Raymond Arroyo asks for prayers in this post at his blog, Seen and Unseen. (You may need to go to the January 6, 2009 archives if you get this later). At the bottom of his post, Raymond writes...

***UPDATE***1/7/08 Father Richard's situation is apparently dire at this hour (12:45 Eastern). Your prayers are truly needed now.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.


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