18th November – Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss Peter & Paul

I had a call recently from the cancer specialist I attended in the Sloan Kettering clinic. All the tests done last Wed week – bloods, bone marrow biopsy and PET scan – all reveal that the Multiple Myeloma is in full remission in my body. Praise the Lord! I am awaiting a further genetic test that will indicate a normal or poor set of genes as regards the future development of the disease. I had a clinic today in Letterkenny to receive my two weekly chemotherapy injection and all was grand.

The Prayers of  Evening Prayer from the Divine Office are useful meditations on the death ofCross Carrying Jesus, personal mortality, and our need for a Saviour. Ponder them prayerfully.

God is our loving Father, who cares for us and knows all our needs. With confidence we pray:
Father, may we find rest in your love.
Christ, your Son, suffered and died for the Church;
  be with all Christians who are suffering tonight.
Father, may we find rest in your love.
Bring to the sick your comfort and healing;
  strengthen them through the victory of Calvary.
Father, may we find rest in your love.
Be near to us, almighty Father,
  for you alone can save us from the evils that threaten us.
Father, may we find rest in your love.
Strengthen us in the hour of death:
  let us know your peace.
Father, may we find rest in your love.
Bring the dead into your light:
  comfort them with your presence.
Father, may we find rest in your love.

Lord God,
  teach us the lessons of your Son’s Passion,
and so enable us, your people,
  to bear the yoke he makes light for us.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
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