I’ve received two emails requesting prayers this morning:
1. From my brother John:
If possible, please remember Ed Cannatta and his family in your prayers. He and I coached JohnPaul’s baseball team in the Spring and he took over as the head coach for me when I had my heart attack. Ed died of a sudden heart attack last Thursday night. He leaves behind a young wife, a fifth grader and a second grader. He was literally one of the nicest guys in the world. He was 45 and worked over in Brighton at the New Balance warehouse. We were going to be coaching together again this year. I didn’t find out about the funeral until yesterday afternoon and he was buried on Monday morning. The baseball people didn’t call, probably because they wanted to “spare” me. God was good and we found out by “chance” last evening. I called his wife and we had a great talk. She couldn’t believe two guys on the same team….. I talked with her about faith and let her know of my prayers for her, the kids and for him.
I guess I am going on here because it was just a really, really big reminder how much my (our) life is a gift. I guess my first reaction was why not me, it could have been me, why him, etc. and then God again, through his love smacked me in the head and said, focus, prayer, sacrifice and do MY WILL.
So, everyone, please, please value every moment of every day. Do and accept all He gives to you to make you a saint. Love those he has put in your lives as He wants them to be loved and pray and sacrifice, especially for the Church.
2. My friend Noelle also asks for prayer for a Mrs. Tuttle, the future mother-in-law of her sister Erika. Mrs. Tuttle has stage 4 cancer and it is doubtful whether she will make it to the wedding in May. They are praying for the intercession of Pope John Paul II on her behalf.
O Blessed Trinity, We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
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