Prayer Moments: “Illness”

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A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi


Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet,
and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind
seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. (MATTHEW 15:30–31)

Heal them, Lord

Healing God, today we pray for all those who are ill. We each know of someone who is in need of healing, and we bring them to mind at this time.

We pray that they find comfort and hope through your love, and strength through the love of family and friends. We pray for their healing of body and spirit. Amen.

  • Why do some people get struck with illness and others do not?
  • What can we do to bring comfort and consolation to those who are ill?
  • What can we learn from suffering and illness?
  • How do we feel when a loved one is suffering? Is it normal to feel anger?
  • What can we do to help others who are dealing with a family member who is suffering?
  • In what ways can suffering make us greater people?
Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications and available through Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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