Have you ever had an instinct? An instinct that begins as a gnawing...Then grows into a raging burn; a burning instinct that something is wrong...
Your baby continues to get sick from the very foods he is supposed to thrive on. I did. I am a mom of a little boy just diagnosed with FPIES.
And that burning feeling now? Extinguished. My instincts? Stronger than ever. Guiding me, with my faith, as we navigate through the murky waters of our new world created by something called FPIES.
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Prayer Blankets are sewn with love and prayers for those who receive the blanket. This prayer blanket is a symbol of our faith sharing community “covering with prayer the individual who receives it”.
The Prayer Angels of St.Joseph parishes, commit to prayer as they fulfill their part in construction of the blanket. The process involves shopping for material, washing, coordinating fabric, cutting, sewing, ironing and tagging. After the blankets are complete, they are placed on the altar at a Healing Mass and blessed by the priest. Those who are to receive the blanket are held in prayer. These beautiful acts truly transform the blanket into a “PRAYER BLANKET” whose very threads become interwoven with pleas for healing on behalf of the recipient.
Each blanket bears a tag that reads ‘You are covered in Prayer.” This blanket has been prayed over and blessed at St. Joseph Healing Mass. Be Not Afraid, for the Lord said, “I am with you always, until the end of age”. (Matthew 28:20).
This gift of prayer originated at the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX where the chaplain who gave the blankets to the sick found that they so uplifted the patients that she began to deliver them on a regular basis. Blankets were given to hospital patients, the sick at home, the Veteran’s Hospital and cancer support groups. Missionaries presented them to the orphaned, very elderly, and those who were sick in Guatemala and Volograd Russia. The gift was received as another wonderful way that people are doing God’s work.
The Prayer Blanket brings comfort to the suffering and peace to the fearful. When one sees and touches these blankets, they know they are not alone – that they are covered in prayer and there are those who do care about them.
God has used this beautiful ministry not only to touch the lives of countless people who have received the Prayer Blankets while they are going through extremely difficult times in their lives, but the lives of those involved in the ministry as well. We are blessed to have so many people who give abundantly of their time, talents, and treasures, making Prayer Blankets possible.