As I arise to begin this day, I invite you, God, to fill my spirit with your presence.
May your divine wisdom guide me through the day.
You can add your prayer request at www.ministry.dpd.org
✙ Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Patricia Din – resident of Giuliano House, to regain her strength and health for a speedy return home.
Emily G. – friend of the DPD, was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. May God bring comfort, endurance and patience as she undergoes treatment.
Pamela Graham – People Need Friends Volunteer/Pet Therapist, whose house burned to the ground leaving her and her family with no worldly possessions. Pray for courage and strength as they work to rebuild their lives.
Family of Peggy Zajdel – Mother of Brother Knight Jim Zajdel as they mourn her passing. May God comfort them in their sorrow.
Family of John Vermeulen – Father of Gruenert staff Kathy, who passed away this weekend. Jesus, remember him when he comes into your kingdom. (Lk 23:42)
George Crossen – Resident of the Giuliano House for a return to health.
Christian Lavorgna – Son of CARE volunteer Ed Lavorgna . May he regain strength and health
Nidia Diaz - Mother in law of Lourdes Torres. With prayers for perpetual light and eternal rest.
Sandy Rybka – Friend of volunteer Anna Philhower, for strength and healing as she battles with pancreatic cancer
Daniel Healy – For healing
Charlie Raab & Jim Daugherty - Heavenly Father May You place Your Healing Hands upon our brothers who both have throat cancer.
Bob McKeever - Brother-in-law of resident Peter Solensky. May he find comfort and strength from our Lord as he undergoes treatment for cancer.
Jean Craig – wife of volunteer Bob Craig, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
Patnala Jesuraju – During these difficult times. May God come to her assistance and provide comfort.
Robert Konowich – Uncle of Jake Ferguson. We pray for your healing hand to rest upon Robert and bring him back to wholeness and strength. We pray this with gratitude for protecting his life.
Jean Williams - Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley. May the Lord give her strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in suffering.
Jimmy Feehan - Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
Clement - grant him the grace and strength to accept the burden of cancer.
Chris Androski - husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
James Ondimu Ochoki – For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
Lucy Cox- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
Wally Camacho - May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
Anthony - a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors.
May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
John Vermeulen – Father of Gruenert staff Kathy
Peggy Zajdel – Mother of Brother Knight Jim Zajdel
Jack Straus – Beloved member of the DPD family
✙ January 16 – Martin Luther King Day
We remember the gentle, patient courage of Dr. King, as he made the teachings of Jesus the literal rule for loving: refusing the temptation to render an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth but rendering instead good for evil; nonviolently offering the other cheek to those who, blinded by hate, taunted and loving those who chose to be his enemies and persecutors; following his Lord in showing the greatest love of all by laying down his life for others. Lord, give us the courage to live by what we say we believe and to accept the teachings of Christ as codes of conduct rather than mere words of inspiration.
✙ January 20 – Saint Sebastian - Patron Saint of Athletes & Soldiers Died 288 AD
Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman who entered the Roman army because only there could he assist the martyrs without arousing suspicion. Finally he was found out, brought before Emperor Diocletian and delivered to Mauritanian archers to be shot to death with arrows. His body was pierced with many arrows, and he was left for dead. But he was found still alive by those who came to bury him. He recovered, but refused to flee. He is the Patron Saint of Athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith. Sebastian is also patron to all soldiers.
✙ January 21- Feast of Saint Agnes – Patron Saint of Girls
Not much is known about St. Agnes who lived during the last half of third century except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred. Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her to the authorities for being a Christian. She was arrested and confined to a house of prostitution. The legend continues that a man who looked upon her lustfully lost his sight and had it restored by her prayer. Agnes was condemned, executed and buried near Rome in a catacomb that eventually was named after her. There is a long standing tradition among some cultures that on the eve of Saint Agnes, January 20, a young girl could learn of her future husband. For example, in England a girl would take sprigs of thyme and of rosemary, sprinkled them three times with water, put one on each side of her bed, and then recited: “Saint Agnes, who’s to lovers kind - Come ease the trouble of my mind.” She would then see in her dreams the face of her future husband.