I would like to pray for your intentions

June 21, 2010 | 217 comments

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The church at Mt. Angel Abbey

One of the things that most excites me about our monastery vacation this week is that I will actually have time. We’re going to be there for a few days, and the only firm plan we have is to attend the Art & Wine Festival on Saturday. Other than that, we’re free. Visitors to the abbey are encouraged to join the monks for their daily prayers (you can see the schedule here — I think I’ll pass on Vigils), so we’ll probably spend a lot of time doing that; but there’s nothing on the calendar we absolutely have to do.

I was imagining how nice it will be to have all this time to dedicate to focused prayer, and the thought immediately came to mind: I’d like to pray for your intentions. People often send me emails with prayer requests, and I always do pray for them (even when I’m not able to reply), but it’s often a rushed-but-sincere volley of thoughts that’s all jumbled in with the chaos of the daily life. Don’t get me wrong — I know that God values those haphazard prayers of the trenches just as much as solemn chants in a silent church, but I love the idea of having enough time to settle into a chapel with a list of prayer intentions, get comfortable, take some time to relax and get really centered on God, and offer a deep, focused prayer for each one. So…

What can I pray for for you? (Feel free to comment anonymously, or email me if it’s not something you want to say publicly.) I’ll print out the comments and emails on Tuesday night and take them to Mt. Angel with me, and I promise that at least once I’ll go into the church and pray for every one of them individually.

After all the support and prayers I’ve received from you all, I’m looking forward to being able to do the same for you!



  1. Eliz

    I would be incredibly grateful if you could pray for my husband's business, a business that keeps him away from his family nearly 100 hours a week and has yet to provide us a paycheck.

    What a wonderful thing to offer to your readers! We'll be praying that you have a relaxing and inspiring vacation with your husband.

  2. vedodili

    How exciting! I'm from Portland and the weather is actually supposed to be nice this coming week (mid-70's and clear).

  3. Maggie

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I would be beyond thankful if you could pray for the baby boy in my womb. I'm about 28 weeks, and so far no complications, but I'm always paranoid something bad will happen.

    Also, if it isn't too much trouble, please pray for my husband that he finds a job that makes him happy and fulfilled and where we can live in a good Catholic community.

    That's all! THANK YOU. This is so nice for you to do for your readers!

  4. Allison

    Can you pray for my fiance and I's upcoming marriage?

    Just that we can get through the stressful times and that he will find a job that he enjoys.

    I am very grateful!

  5. Michelle

    What a wonderful idea. Thank you for taking the time and opportunity.

    Could you pray for guidance for my husband and me as we continue to discern our family size in light of our financial situation?

    Please enjoy your sure-to-be-blessed vacation with your husband.

  6. Rachel L

    What a wonderful, thoughtful, grace"ful" thing to do!

    I would love if you would pray, especially with St Gerard, for aid in conception for myself and a dear friend of mine (Missina). We've both been trying for several months and are feeling both a sense of discouragement as well as a sense of "This just shows how God is in control of our wombs". Pray for us to focus on the second until we can manage to conceive!

  7. Lana

    Please pray that my atheist dh will have a conversion back to the Faith.

  8. Anonymous

    Someone I care about is pregnant after a miscarriage and secondary infertility. Please pray for successful pregnancy and healthy mom and baby for S. Thank you!

  9. Anonymous

    Thank you for this beautiful gift!

    Please pray for a job in our home town for our son in law…and for the conversion of my family. May it be an everlasting one.

  10. Anonymous

    Please pray concerning my heart blockage and other health concerns. Please pray that Charlie does not have Lyme disease. Please pray for the recovery of my dogs from Lyme disease.

  11. Kaitlin @ More Like Mary

    What a generous way to spend your vacation!

    Please pray for our unborn child (7 weeks!)and that my husband is able to find a job upon his graduation.

    God Bless you Jen!

  12. Anonymous

    I have a few prayer requests:

    1. the father of a friend of mine is in the hospital. I'm not quite sure on the details, but I do know he's currently not conscious, and no idea how long he'll last, maybe a day, maybe a couple of years. This friend is also getting married in January, so tough time for him right now.

    2. I am a youth minister, starting this program from scratch and having trouble getting teens to come to events. I'm doing better than I was (zero attendance for a while) but it's still a long way off from where I'd like it to be. I'm also without volunteers at the moment.

    3. Lastly, I have two cousins that are both atheists. And it just really saddens me, they both grew up in the Catholic Church. It hurts, ya know.

  13. Jennifer Merck

    Please pray for Matthew, a 15 yo friend who has been in a medically-induced coma since Saturday, following a near-drowning in a hotel pool. Pray that he will survive, have no brain damage, and that God will grant His perfect peace to Matthew's parents and his younger brother and sister. The family, including Matthew, have a strong faith.

    Thank you for your kind and generous offer. Have a wonderful vacation!

  14. Elaine T

    Please pray for our daughter who has severe health issues – and us, who deal with it all, come to think of it. A full, miraculous healing would be marvelous. If that's not His will, then guidance on medical and psychological treatment, as well as resources to pay for it.

    Or ask Him to send her a good friend. She's been so ill for the last years that she has no friends.

    Thanks so much.

    I'll be holding you and your family in prayers too.

  15. Anonymous

    My husband and I both love your blog, you are such an inspiration! Would you please pray for my husband and I to conceive a child?

  16. Anonymous

    I would be so grateful if you would please pray for me. I am newly pregnant with what we hope to be our third child. I have bleeding since Friday and have experienced two previous miscarriages so I am extremely worried. I will be having blood tests done this week since the ultrasound didn't reveal much (since its so early). Thank you so much for taking time during your vacation to pray for our needs. God bless!

  17. Anonymous

    Please pray for my marriage – most importantly, as it being as rocky as it is…affects everything and everyone in my life (3 kids).

    God Bless, have a wonderful retreat and time with hubby!


  18. Elizabeth

    What a lovely offer. My husband and I are considering some major life changes – job, home. Please pray that we are able to understand the guidance God will provide.

    Thank you for your offer and your inspiring blog. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful vacation.

  19. Eunice

    I would be very grateful if you could pray for me, a student, to be able to make it to Europe for my Summer holidays as I seek to do some pilgrimages, and also to do well in my upcoming final undergraduate year. To pray for the Legion of Mary in my country (Singapore), the RCIA ministry in my parish and of course the well-being of all my loved ones. Thank you very much and may God bless you with a fruitful time in the Abbey! πŸ˜€

  20. Anonymous

    Appreciate your prayers for my health and for less stress for all of us at my job. Thanks so much,
    Miss New York

  21. Blair

    I'd like to ask for prayers for my pregnancy (24 weeks along and anxiously preparing for 4th c-section), and for spiritual growth and bodily/mental health for all our immediate and extended family. Also for a little boy named Cooper who has been going through a lot of complications after a bowel and colon transplant. Thanks so much, Jen! Have a wonderful trip.

  22. JHS.

    Jennifer: What a wonderful trip you have planned.

    For my dear friend Barb, who has breast cancer and is having surgery this Friday, 6/25. For my children that they continue to be healthy, strong, and successful. For me? That my eyesight remains "status quo" and does not deteriorate to the point that I can't work and provide for my two sons' completion of their educations.

    Bless you and thanks so much,


  23. Anonymous

    Thank you!

    First can you pray for our friend, Fr. Phil. He was a monk at Mt. Angel before he became a diocesan priest.

    Second can you pray for my husband. He recently lost his job of 13 years and is having a very difficult time finding another one.

    Finally please pray that my faith is strengthened. I feel overwhelmed with the crosses I am carrying and can't help but feel like I'm being punished. πŸ™

    I will return the favor and pray you have a safe and spiritually rejuvenating vacation!

  24. Sweetums5

    Thank you so much for your kind and generous offer! We really appreciate it.

    I have been having on & off chest pains and difficulty losing weight. Please pray for healing for me.

    Also, wise guidance for my husband, who has to make an important job decision.

    Lastly, for a private petition.

    Prayers for a wonderful vacation for you and yours!

  25. Kerry

    how generous of you!!

    Would you pray we are blessed with more children, and that we can accept His Will in all things.

    Would you also pray for 30 girls who are coming to a Catholic day camp I am leading next week. All such great girls– and the camp is a mix of faith and fun.
    Thank you Jennifer!!

  26. beth@redandhoney

    My hubby and I (and our 21-month-old son) have had a big year of changes so far… 4 months ago we moved across the country (away from ALL of our family & friends, in a city of 4 million to a town of 2500) to become missionaries (as provincial reps for our missions agency), which has meant living on support from donations (and we are at only around 60% of our target). We also just moved across town 2 weeks ago into a different house (long story)… and we're expecting our 2nd baby in 2 weeks. So… prayers for peace amidst lots of change would be wonderful.

  27. Mitch

    I would appreciate it if you could pray for my brother, Clay, who is trying to rediscover his faith. He is struggling with the existence of God. He wants to believe in God and be a Christian but, he is struggling with the basics.
    Also can you pray for my fiance and I, we will be married on July 10!

  28. K

    Thank you so much for this wonderful offer.

    Please say a prayer or two for my wonderful husband, whose deliberate and genuine journey from atheism to Catholicism inspires me to try harder every day.

    And you know what? I could use a few prayers myself: to try harder; for greater humility.

    Many thanks again- have a wonderful trip to beautiful Oregon!

  29. Anonymous

    Have a wonderful time in Oregon! I love it up there.

    If you could please pray for my husband, that the Holy Spirit might touch his heart and make him more receptive to Christ, I'd really appreciate it.

  30. Anonymous

    Need to be anonymous this once, but for my husband that he is lead to the right teaching job (although any teaching job would be helpful at this point). And one more if it isn't too much, for my brother who is a US Marine who just deployed to Afghanistan leaving a five month pregnant wife behind. He will miss his daughter's birth. We just would like him home safely at the end of his deployment, if it is God's will.

  31. Anonymous

    My husband could really use prayer. I worry about his drinking – I think it's too much and he doesn't.

    We're also expecting our 2nd child together and it has seemed like we're at odds with each other – working against ourselves rather than together. There's been a lot of resentment and it really hurts my heart. Hubby has been childish & resentful when I spend a majority of my time caring for our kid & trying to get my work done in the time in between.

    If I don't work, we don't eat or have a place to live. But caring for my child at home & trying to work has been so very tough. And rough on us & our relationship.

    I have no idea how I'll still manage to get 30+ hours of work a week done with two around. I really need some help & could desperately use some divine intervention right now in helping me find better paying work (still from home) so I can earn the same amount or more, but in fewer hours.

    Thanks for listening.

  32. Anonymous

    please for me as i struggle with the symtoms of GAD thank you and God bless

  33. Anonymous

    Please pray for my pregnant daughter, the child she is carrying, and for my son who has been seriously ill and is trying to study to take the Bar exam next month. Thank you for this generosity.

  34. Mike

    Hi Jen,
    My wife and I will be having our first baby in December. Please pray for a healthy baby and delivery, and that we will make good parents!

  35. Debbie

    Would you please pray if God's will can still be done that my upcoming cancer screening does not find the ovarian cancer the oncologist will be looking for, that what ever is wrong with me is not serious enough to take me away from my husband and young special-needs daughter. Thank you so much for this generous offer. I pray you have a fruitful time with Our Lord.

  36. Kerry

    Wow – what an offer! I'd be very thankful if you'd pray for me to be refreshed IN the Lord. I feel I've long forgotten my first love.

    And would you pray for my trigeminal neuralgia (bouts of extreme pain along a set of facial nerves).

  37. Anonymous

    My uncle – he has lung cancer, and his oncologist is going out of business. Please pray for his continued (relative) health throughout his treatments.

  38. blissful_e

    Thank you for such a kind gift to your readers! Prayer is amazing.

    Please join us in praying for a miraculous healing of a much-loved pastor, Graham Johnston. He has never smoked yet at 49 years old has just been diagnosed with aggressive, inoperable, advanced lung cancer.

  39. Dawn

    Could you please pray for my friend, Jason. He is being ordained a transitional Deacon this Sunday. Next year the priesthood, God willing.

    I would love some prayers for strength and peace in whatever God brings each day. You just never know what each day has in store, ya know.

    Thanks, Jennifer, may God grant you many blessings!

  40. Anonymous

    If you could, please pray for my husband, that his relationship with God will continue to grow and eventually blossom in joining the Church.

    Thank you for making this offer, Jen. I pray that you have a joyful, fruitful retreat. πŸ™‚

  41. Anonymous

    That sounds amazing πŸ™‚ I hope your trip goes very well.

    Please pray for my friend, who is entering with the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara in July.

    Please pray also for me, as I discern my vocation with those same sisters.

    I am very grateful for this. Thank you so much, and have a beautiful vacation.

  42. Joy

    Thank you for this very kind offer. Would you please pray for the continued good health of my pregnancy and discernment regarding future job opportunities.

    Thank you, have a wonderful vacation!

  43. Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me

    Well aren't you sweet! I can't wait to hear blogposts about your trip! Take pictures! πŸ™‚

    I would be honored if you would pray that our family will grow…soon! We've had two adoptions fall through and are so ready to just HAVE KIDS!!!

    Thanks, Jen!

  44. Mary Beth

    What a lovely offer, Jennifer. I will pray for you, as well, that you may find respite for body and soul.

    Please pray for a young couple in our parish who just discovered that their 20 week old baby (in utero) has multiple heart anomolies. Pray for their strength as they continue the pregnancy. Pray for their three other young children. And please petition St. Joseph and JPII to intercede on the baby's behalf to heal the baby's heart.

    Thank you so much.

  45. Anonymous

    please prya for my wife and children

  46. CM

    I would really appreciate it if you could pray for my vocation in life. I am nearly 30, and truly feel called to be a wife and mother, but am still very much single.

  47. Kris

    I've got a couple – you're amazing to take this all on.

    1. Please pray for my husband's safety – he's currently deployed to Afghanistan. Pray that he has no lasting effect from being gone, and that our marriage continues on the strong path we have created. Also pray for discernment when he comes home about his career path.

    2. My daughter is struggling with her faith and with her path in life. Please pray that she hears God's will for her, that she finds the path He has chosen and that she returns fully to the church.

    3. Please pray for our finances.

    Thank you so much and God Bless you on your retreat to the monastery.

  48. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this! Please pray for my friend who is an atheist. Please also pray that my husband and I will soon be financially stable enough to have a baby. God bless!

  49. Anonymous

    This is an incredibly kind and generous offer – I have found your blog to be inspiring and spiritually refreshing on many occasions, even though I'm not the type to comment regularly, and will pray for you and your family as well.

    My husband and I are expecting our first child in January, so please pray for a healthy pregnancy for me, and that we both may be given God's grace to be the best parents we can be.

    In addition, my husband is currently looking for a job that will use his skills as a Catholic church musician with expertise in Gregorian Chant – please pray that an opportunity for him arises.

    Many many thanks for your kind thoughts!

  50. Sandy C.

    Please pray for my conversion. I've been studying and attending mass for over 2 years but have not yet taken the final step of RCIA due to several factors. Please pray for those factors to be settled or for me to have peace about going ahead with the process even if they are not. Thank you so much for your prayers!

  51. Mary Beth

    Thank you so much for offering to do this. Please pray for my Mom who has been in the hospital for over 8 weeks now. She's suffering horribly at the moment and I just want to see her at peace. I know that God will heal her whether here on earth or by taking her home. I just don't want her to suffer anymore. Thank you so much.

  52. Ute

    Jen, that's a wonderful offer! Thank you so much. I would like you to pray for my husband's safe return from deployment and that our family will grow together again quickly and smoothly.
    Enjoy your time and may God bless you!

  53. Bonnie

    Jen, I will be praying for you and your husband.

    Please pray for:
    – My friends M and N who have just begun the adoption process.
    – For my brothers' reversions to the Catholic faith.
    – For a safe delivery of our child come September.
    – For the intentions of my husband.

    Thank you very much, Jen. God bless you and yours.

  54. Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience

    I just really needed to whisper, Jen…

    I've been praying for you. I won't stop.
    Our conversation was a joy to me — you are!
    It was all only too short!

    When you are praying at the Abbey, just know… we are together in His Spirit, Jen… word sisters loving The Word.

    All, all my love….

  55. Anonymous

    Please pray for my brother, who is an atheist, and for my husband, who is Catholic but struggling with certain aspects of his faith, especially the teaching on contraception.

  56. Emily

    Thank you so much for the offer! I feel selfish just writing this down. But my husband and I have been trying for children for a while now. If you could pray for us to accept whatever God's plan is, that would be great. I would ask for you to pray for children for us, ha, but that's sort of selfish, too. Thanks.

  57. Lucy

    Please pray for all the "lukewarm" Catholics in the world. May they come to understand and accept Truth. May they defend and live the teachings of the Church.

    Thank you, thank you, Jen. Bless you.

  58. Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com

    Have a blessed retreat. I pray that you will be held close to the Father during your time away.

    Blessings and peace to the rest of you. May your prayers be lovingly answered.

  59. Joy Beyond the Cross

    Thank you Jen! I will pray for a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat. I would be humbled (and very grateful) if you would pray for my husband and I to blessed with children. We have miscarried 2 times in the past 2 years and are yearning to hold a little one in our arms, biological or via adoption, it doesn't matter. Thank you Jen and God Bless!

  60. Josephene

    Oh thank you, Jennifer! Please pray for my oldest brother, Bernard, and his family (he and his wife have two small children). Bernard has not spoken to me in 8 years. He has not introduced his children to us. Despite my and my husband's efforts, he shows no interest in reconciling with us at all. I think he's suffering from his isolation, as we do too. Prayers would be most appreciated. Have a blessed retreat.

  61. Nancy

    Jennifer…you have no idea how grateful I am for your offer of intercessory prayer for my intentions.
    My husband and I are at a crossroad right now about what to do for school for our kids next year. We can't afford Catholic school anymore. I desperately want to homeschool…but my husband is resistant. Please ask God for HIS will do be done in this situation and for peace for my husband and I with that decision.
    Thank you so mcuh!

  62. Christina

    I would love it if you would pray for me to obtain a job. The perfect one for myself and my family might be available this week and I have been praying nonstop.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  63. Karen

    I have a friend who had a little boy about 2 weeks ago. This past week he's gone through 2 open heart surgeries. He's doing well, but still has a ways to go. Please pray for him and his healing!

  64. Anonymous

    Jennifer, this is so generous of you to offer your time! Would you please pray that I would receive discernment regarding my vocation? Also, I have a cousin who is in the hospital in serious condition following a routine surgery. Please pray for her quick recovery.

    And, thank you!

    Jen G

  65. Lenetta @ Nettacow

    I would ask that you join me in my regular prayer requests – I pray for pregnant mothers, those who are laboring, new mothers (especially those who are struggling), and women who are mothers but their arms are empty because of infertility, miscarriage, and/or stillbirth. Also for children who long for parents, those who are in foster care, neglected, abandoned, etc.

    I also pray for spiritual unity, especially within my family (my hubs is protestant).


  66. Colleen

    Jen, what a very generous offer.

    Please pray for me, and all women in my situation, to be better wives and mothers.

    God bless you.

  67. Anonymous

    Please pray for my husband, who is an alcoholic, and for our marriage, which is slowly being poisoned.

  68. wendy

    Thanks Jen- I never turn down an offer for prayer. My husband has been out of work for nearly 2 years and needless to say our financial situation is dire. Please pray we will make the wisest decisions we can. Also I have a deep desire to change jobs but since I am the only stable source of income it is not feasible at the moment. Please pray for emotional and spiritual strength as I attempt to survive in a job that is clearly not a match for me and pray that my vocation will be clear so when the opportunity arrives I can move with confidence. I would love it also if you would pray for my friend G. who recently called off her engagement, cancelled the wedding that was in about 2 months and ended the relationship. She is very aware it was the healthy and correct thing to do but it is still painful and she needs as much heavenly support as she can get.

  69. Roxanna

    For a healthy labor, delivery and baby.

    Thanks Jen!

  70. Mary

    Please pray for my sister, Joanie, and her husband, Jeremy, who are staunch atheists.
    Please pray for my sister, Martha, who is under their influence and is starting to identify with their beliefs.
    Thank you!

  71. Susan L

    Would you pray for my son and my son's friend? (Both are 15 years old.) His friend's parents are going through a bitter custody battle and my son has gotten caught up in it.

    Thank you so much. May God bless you in everything. Sue

  72. Laura

    Thanks, Jen. I will pray that you have a wonderful, peaceful trip. Please pray for a friend's daughter whose baby is due soon. He potentially has many health issues and they are praying for a miracle. The baby's name is Caleb. Also please pray for my four daughters who are on a trip that they have a safe, healthy and holy time while they are away. Thanks and God Bless.

  73. fumblingtowardgrace

    Jen, this is a beautiful offer. I hope you'll have a beautiful and fruitful retreat.

    If you could pray for me and the baby we are expecting in early January. We experienced infertility and this baby is the answer to many prayers. Your prayers for his/her safety and a healthy pregnancy would be so appreciated!

    God bless, Sarah

  74. Kelsey

    I would be so grateful if you could pray for my grandparents. My grandmother has Alzheimer's and my grandfather is crippled and struggling to care for her. The both need professional nursing assistance, but he is reluctant to admit this, and it is putting such a strain on them and the rest of the family. Please pray that the situation would be resolved in the way God wants it to be.

    Thank you so much! You are a treasure.

  75. Ashley

    How thoughtful of you!

    Please pray for an increase of faith and peace for myself and my husband.

    Thank you so very much.

  76. SusanE

    Thank you Jen for your generous offer. Please pray for a loving reconciliation between my brother and his son. And please pray for all the nonpracticing Catholics who become disillusioned with the Church and its clergy and have consequently cut themselves off from the sacraments.
    Have a peace filled vacation!

  77. Anonymous

    Dear Jen,

    I read your blog from time to time and it's great. As readers said, it's hard to pass up a willing soul to would like to pray for you! Likewise, you'll be in my prayers during your vacation πŸ™‚

    1-Being an immigrant child I find myself in a very peculiar circumstance full of anxiety and challenges regarding my future and life. I would like nothing better to attend college and have a stable image where I'll be. Please pray that whatever happens (or doesn't) in Congress takes into account the goodwill and reality of the immigrant.

    2-My parents just separated a few months ago, not an official divorce yet but it has been pretty tough, specially with younger sibling. May the current brokenness and pain soon heal.

    3- My older sibling, in his mid 20's currently broke up a relationship with his "partner". I fear his own pain will not let him see God's love for him and His most perfect plan. It's a tough situation as well, him being openly gay- although a fact still unknown to my parents and a "secret" of mine towards them upon his request. Pray for him please.

    A young person in her late teens.

  78. Natasa

    Thank you so much for the wonderful offer.

    I would appreciate if you could pray for me and my baby that is due in 2 weeks time – that everything goes well during delivery.

    Have a wonderful and peaceful retreat.

  79. Genevieve

    Dear Jen,
    I wish I could go too!
    Thank you and bless you for offering to pray for us all. It's a tall order. Please pray for the deepening faith of our family and for my husband's continuing ability to find work to support our family in these difficult economic times. Please pray for our country and our leaders. Gratefully yours!

  80. Michael

    Please pray for my brother, Brother John Marie, OP, who will be ordained a priest this Friday, June 25, and for the safe travel of my family and me to that joyous event.

  81. Anonymous

    God bless you! Can you bear another prayer request? Please pray for my husband and I, that we are able to be better, more consistent disciplinarians of our children- without yelling, and while still demonstrating lots of love and affection for them.

    Thank you.

  82. Kristie

    You have impacted my faith greatly, I would be honored if you would pray for me and my family. After the birth of baby #2 a few weeks ago, our marriage is under a lot of stress, I feel unimportant, that my life is pointless, and that I am the worst mother in the world to my older child (3yrs.) I believe in God and am Catholic, but don't understand why He would want a relationship with us or how to have a relationship with Him. So, please pray for those things. Thank you very much.

  83. Thomas

    Hi Jen,

    I'm a regular reader but I seldom comment.

    Would you please say a prayer for my parents and brother to become Christians (Catholic ones)? Also, I just became engaged this week, so please say a prayer that our wedding planning would go well and that my fiance and I will have a holy, happy marriage.

  84. Sherry

    Thank you. Could you please pray for my son, Christopher, who has decided that he is atheist/agnostic after being raised in a Christian home? He knows the gospel, but doesn't see his own need.

  85. Anonymous

    Thank you! I would be grateful if you could pray for my family. I could spell out specifics, but I think just in generally that we follow God's will an open our hearts to really hear Him in all we do. Thanks, Jen.


  86. Library Cat

    Your offer is so very generous and I know the power of prayer. I would appreciate your prayers for the following:
    1. That the Lord will bring someone into my 30 year old daughter's life – someone who will love her as she is (mildly disabled).
    2. That the Lord will heal my three sons from the abuses of family members in their youth and remind them to love each other and their sister.
    3. That the Lord would touch my husband who is bipolar and lead him to the Catholic faith.

    Thank you so much for everything that you do. I wish you a blessed vacation.

  87. Kate

    You are SO thoughtful. Thank you!

    -Please pray that the unresolved conflict between me and an atheist friend of mine will be resolved and that we can both find peace and no longer have to feel this thorn in our sides.

    God Bless.

  88. Anonymous

    Please pray for me, my husband and our 6 children. I am the only one who is Catholic and I am hoping we could be united in faith surrounded by the grace of the Sacraments.
    Thank you very much.

  89. TaraS

    Thank you so much for this! Here is one close to my heart right now:

    That all Catholics in the vocation of marriage strive to live their married life in holiness and service, and with faith in God and generosity of spirit in all things. That we minister to our spouses to exalt and encourage them, and that this benefit of sanctification is lived out through our dedication to and care of others.

  90. starrball


    Thanks for doing this.

    I'd ask you to pray for my friend who found God but is very much discerning religion and at present isn't interested in any sort of after life… just a way to live a good life here on earth.

    I'd ask you to pray for God to work in my husbands heart. He's not reliios at all, I'd say he does believe in God but has absolutely no interest in organized religion.

    And lastly I'd ask you to pray for me, I just broke my foot a few das ago, and it's an adjustment for all of us. I pray that my husband and I can both grow through this experience and that I won't miss out on my entire summer or too much time with the kids as it's hard to do much with them at present.

  91. Kimberlie

    Please pray for the rest of our adoption process. We are adopting our 4th child from China. He is nearly 6.5 yrs old and there have been delays that have dragged the process out longer than needed. We are close to sending all our paperwork to China and I request prayer that there will be no more delays and that the rest of the process will go faster than usual.

    Also we are applying for a couple of grants to help defray the cost of the adoption. I pray that if it's God's will, we could be one of the recipients of the grants.

    Thank you for making this wonderful offer! God Bless You on your retreat.

  92. starrball


    Thanks for doing this.

    I'd ask you to pray for my friend who found God but is very much discerning religion and at present isn't interested in any sort of after life… just a way to live a good life here on earth.

    I'd ask you to pray for God to work in my husband's heart. He's not religious at all, I'd say he does believe in God but has absolutely no interest in organized religion.

    And lastly I'd ask you to pray for me. I just broke my foot a few days ago, and it's an adjustment for all of us. I'd pray that my husband and I can both grow through this experience and that I won't miss out on my entire summer or too much time with my kids as it's hard to do much with them at present.

    Thanks so much.

  93. starrball

    delete the first one plz πŸ˜‰

  94. Anna

    I see you have many prayer requests here, but I'd like to add mine as well. I'm very grateful for your generous offer and will keep you and your family in my prayers as well.

    For healing for my sister Erin, who struggles with many health issues, both physically and mentally. She's a great gal, and I want her to be happy.

    And prayers for myself that I am better able to be thankful for my many blessings.

    Thank you so much Jen. You are a blessing to me.

  95. bronzedshoe

    Thank you. What a gift! I try not to ask for prayers for myself, because it feels like another way of complaining, but right now I'm at the most uncertain place in my life. I graduated from college last month. I still don't have a job. I'm living at home with my parents. My boyfriend of nearly 5 years just started a graduate program that will have us living far away from each other for the next two years. And we're awful at long distance. This moment is so frustrating, terrifying, and unsure. More than a solution to any of these problems, please pray for my anxiety to be taken away. I'm tired of living in fear. Thank you again.

  96. Beth (A Mom's Life)

    How exciting to think that you will be in a monastery praying for all of us!

    I would love that you ask the Lord to show me His will for my life. (And more importatnly that I have the courage to follow His will.) I have been searching and struggling with this for the last several months now.

    I will be praying for you while you are on vacation.

  97. Anonymous

    I would very much appreciate your prayers! I am 38 weeks pregnant with my first child. I can not wait to hold her in my arms, but I am very anxious and worried about labor. Please pray that everything will go well, and that the baby and I will both be healthy. Pray that I will have peace during labor. Thank you and God bless you!


  98. Lacey

    Could you please pray for my husband & I to conceive a healthy child? Thank you!

  99. Mary @ tinyprayers

    Please pray for our family. I am currently pregnant with our 3rd child in four years and have very difficult pregnancies. I get extremely nauseous for the entire duration of my pregnancies. On top of that stress, the company my husband works for, which is owned by his father, is in very bad shape right now, and his father is not willing to make changes in order to save it. I fear it will go under in the next couple of months and then we will be without an income.

  100. Coleen

    Thank-you so much for your offer of prayers, I have a few requests for you.

    1) For my mother (Jeannine) who is on home hospice. After fighting breast cancer for 24 years it has spread to her brain. Her time is very short and God has been very good, she has had no pain so far. Please pray for her to feel God's presence and love.
    2) For my mother-in-law (Dolores). She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer last August. She is in stage 3 and is fighting hard.
    3) For our baby. We lost our first son last August. He was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 at our 20 week ultrasound and passed away 2 weeks later. We are now pregnant again (another boy) and will be at 20 weeks on Wednesday and go for the ultrasound on Thursday. Ultrasounds are very emotional for me and I am particularly nervous about the 20 week scan. Please pray that God will help us to accept his will for this child.

  101. selah

    Thank you for offering to pray for us, even for someone like me, who you don't know. Please pray for my heart – I want to truly love God the way he wants to be loved, not out of my excess or when it is convenient but madly, passionately, wholeheartedly. Thank you and may God bless your time away.

  102. Anonymous

    Thank you for generously offering to accept prayer requests this week!
    I would be most grateful if you would pray:
    – That my 4th pregnancy continue without complication for baby and myself. (I have Factor V)
    – For my medical team, esp as we approach my delivery
    – That my husband's job remain stable in this uncertain economy, and that he be granted the grace to handle all his increasing responsibilities.
    – For the sake of my children and all children, that citizens and leaders of our nation seek God's guidance as we shape our country for future generations.

    Thanks again.

  103. Jet


    Have a fabulous and peace-filled vacation.

    Please pray for the conversion of (everyone's) family members and friends and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

    We'll keep praying for you and your family, too!


  104. Anonymous

    I'm a fellow Austinite who has been following your blog with interest for over a year now.

    My life has had some major upheavals over the past year and I have felt like a ship without a sail for the longest time. Please pray for me to tune my heart to the will of God as I make some major life decisions about my career, relationships, and my life's vocation. Also pray that I have the strength and conviction to follow any paths that are illuminated by Him.

    I will pray that you find rest and healing this week and thank you for your selfless offer to pray for all of us here.

  105. Anonymous

    Wow! Thanks for the offer. In reading through all the petitions I joined my prayers to yours Jen. Thanks for the example of selflessness that you have set.

    I will ask you to please pray for me, and for the many men and women like me, who are strongly called to marriage, but not yet in their "official" relationship. It can be very difficult to continue to believe in a call to a specific vocation when the conditions of that vocation have not yet materialized.

    Have an amazing retreat!

  106. Terri

    I would love it if you could pray for my youth group. We are taking them to a Steubenville Conference in July and we are trying to get 1000 rosaries said before then. I wish I were with you in the next few days. Enjoy and thank you for your prayers.

  107. Laurel

    Thanks so much for this! I'd like to submit two, if I may:

    1. Two of my friends are married to each other, but one is in the process of leaving both Christianity and her husband (whose perservering love for her has been a beautiful witness in all of this). I still hope it's not too late and that God, who loves her better than any of us even can, will chase her down and bring her back.

    2. I also have another friend who, though a devoted Christian for some years now, is seriously considering renouncing the faith and becoming an orthodox Jew – it's been a really unexpected shock to those of us who know her. Please pray that she'll be able to understand Jesus' Messiahship and grace; that we her Christian friends will know how to help her get her questions answered; and that God will be there with her if she does, as she's planning, go on a retreat to study under a rabbi.

    I hope your trip is wonderful!

  108. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for this most generous offer! Would you please pray that, if it be God's will, I may one day be married and have children.

    Again, thank you so much for your prayers!

  109. Anonymous

    that i can carry a baby to term. i have had 6 miscarriages and hope i can give my son a brother or sister.

    and for all couples struggling with their fertility!


  110. Anonymous


    Please pray for the physical health of my son, Samuel Joseph. That he be strengthened in body so that he may eagerly serve God, however he is called to, as he grows into adulthood.

  111. Kris

    Oh boy, that's a lot of people to pray for. I am looking for clarity on two things: 1) whether I should homeschool my kids and if so which of the three and 2) how to best help my 10 year old who has AHDH and anxiety — there is pressure to medicate him.

    Thank you so much!

  112. Anonymous

    Thank you for doing this.

    If you could pray for our adoption I would really appreciate it. We just began the process and there are a lot of unknowns.


  113. Rachel Gray

    Boy, are you getting a lot of responses on this one, Jen! I want to be a nun and I'd like to ask you to pray that God will guide me and open the way for me to join the order He wants me to be in. Thank you!

  114. Anonymous

    Pray for the atheists among you readers (I am surely not the only one?) who while on the same path you took haven't made it as far yet.

  115. Praying

    Thank you Jen, for all of your inspiration and insights on the blog and for generously offering to pray for our intentions!

    We've been struggling with severe financial issues (I've been out of regularly paying work for over a year). DH and I are also too often at odds in dealing with the stress of how to help our special-needs son, and he's getting more volatile as he begins puberty.

    All of this, and medical issues, have put a strain on our marriage. We love each other, but are very distant and not really connecting for some time. DH is a fatalist and thinks this is just the way it will be from now on.

    I've been praying for peace in our family and a return to our strong and grace-filled marriage.

    I would appreciate your prayers to help us to continue to turn to God and follow his will to help our son and to strengthen our marriage.

    Thank you!

  116. The Frat Pack + Me

    How very sweet Jen! Please pray for my best friend's dad who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I love your blog. I will pray for you too!

  117. Robert B. Heath

    Please pray for my Pastor, Fr. Charles, who has been falsely accused of "boundary violations." He is a very good and holy priest, beloved of all in our parish.

    I hope you and your husband have a wonderful trip!

  118. Anonymous

    Have a wonderful trip! Please pray for those suffering from body image issues and eating disorders, and that they may realize how beautiful and precious they are in God's eyes.

  119. Anonymous

    Thank you! I'll be praying for you tomorrow (Tuesday 6/22) morning, in thanks for your voice in the world, and also in hope that you and your husband will find joy and spiritual rejuvenation.

    Please pray that I will begin to understand my own vocation (as a wife and mother…who's also a professor?!) better,

    that the spark of faith will be ignited in my brothers who have become complacent in their atheism,

    and that my children will be given protection and strength against the cruelty, sexual degradation, and despair that so much of popular culture is putting in their way.

    Thanks for your prayers!

    PS: I just decided that I'm going to add all of these prayer requests to my own morning prayer intentions tomorrow. Another round of prayers for everybody!

  120. Sarah(Opinions Are Everything)

    What a great gift for you to give to your readers.

    If you could pray that my father who has been out of a job for close to a year and half to get a job, that would be great.

    God bless and have a safe trip!

  121. Carrie

    I submitted a young adult book to the publisher Philomel recently…please pray that it is published!
    Thank you.

  122. Josephene

    Just wanted to post that I'll be adding these prayer requests to my prayers tomorrow evening.

  123. Jester

    Please pray that my husband finds a job in Indianapolis so we can finally move back to be near our families. We've been gone too long!

    Hope your vacation provides the peace you seek!

  124. Nancy/n.o.e.

    I'm in tears at just the thought that you are doing this for us, Jennifer. I know if I stop to read all of the prayer requests that I'll be in for a real crying jag.

    My request is for my two daughters, who are in their early 20's. First and foremost that they return to the faith (despite their doubts and skepticism I hope and pray that their deep Catholic roots will send up shoots). Second that they will find a means to support themselves in this economy.

  125. Karen

    Thank you for offering! Would you please pray for my friend Dennis who died of melanoma last month at 32 (and his family & small children). Would you please also pray that I have an increased dedication for prayer? THANK YOU! I will be praying for you. πŸ™‚

  126. christa

    I'm not sure you'll have time to sleep!

    I would be truly blessed if you could pray for:
    -my daughter and her husband who are struggling in their marriage, and considering a divorce
    -for my other daughter to meet a Godly man who she can have a life with; she's 27, not dating anyone and no one on the horizon, and all she wants is to be a wife and mother–and she'd be incredible at both!
    –for my husband to find a job; he was laid off in December, but he's been working 2-4 part-time jobs at any given time

    God bless you!

  127. Anonymous

    Thank you SO much.

    We have an almost four year old son who is desperate to be a big brother. I'm 7 weeks pregnant after three years of trying and only one pregnancy prior to this one – which ended in miscarriage at 7.5 weeks. Please pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby, and above all for the Lord's perfect will for our lives and that of this new child.

    May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generous heart.

  128. Anonymous

    Dear Jen,

    You are so often an inspiration to me and I am a Cradle Catholic

    I would ask for Prayers for My Christ Renews His Parish team. I am one of the Spiritual Directors , but often don't feel up to the task. i ask you to pray that the team becomes of one heart and mind Jesus, that the women who we are praying for will come to our weekend and that one of our Team members will rediscover the depth and beauty of her Catholic Faith.

    Also please pray for the health and safety of my two daughters, for a worrisome health problem of mine and that we will be able to help my older daughter finance her education

  129. julie

    Please pray that my husband Tim will be open to God in his life. That he will come to know his presence and believe in Jesus and that the resurection really did happen and to believe. Thank you!

  130. Joanne

    You are great to do this. I have read all the requests, and I will keep all the commenters in my prayers. I would ask that you pray for my son, Anthony Joseph, who has autism. I pray that his communication skills improve so that he can have a full life and come to know God. I ask you to pray for me and my husband, and for my two daughters, that we can be a good and holy family. God bless you and yours and have fun!

  131. Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    Wow, Jen, this will take you a while, I almost feel bad asking because you already have so many, but here goes:

    Will you pray for our close friends and for those in my family who are not believers? And for our son, Kal, who has grown away from the faith recently. Thanks a ton!


  132. Cruzin_mom

    My husband is struggling with his brother's death …. our finances ….pray that God would change me enough that my husband & children see God in me.

  133. Anonymous

    Please pray for my daughter as she struggles at her new job and for her to find a good Catholic man.
    Thank You

  134. Kate

    What a beautiful offer!

    Our 2-week-old son Joseph is in Children's hospital (D.C.) with multiple heart defects, and has been fighting hard through 2 heart surgeries thus far, with more to come. He is making amazing progress, off the bypass machine but still on a ventilator. Possible brain injury, although it's not affecting his stability, Thank God! Our little man is fighter, but it is a very scary time for us and we're learning a lot about the solace of prayer and real-life-not-just-lip-service TRUST. Secondly, it's hard on our 2 girls, ages almost 3 and 18 months. They just don't understand why our Baby Joey was home and now isn't. Your prayers are GREATLY appreciated.

    Thank you, Jen, and God Bless your retreat!

  135. Hannah

    Jennifer, thank you so much for offering to pray for us even you do not know every one of us. πŸ™‚ Please pray for my vocation as a mom: currently I am taking maternity leave as my 3rd son was born in last December prematurely, however I don't know if I have a job to return to as my company has been laying off a lot people, and maybe when I return they will give me my walking paper too; I work as a programmer for over 10 years now and I am still not good at it. Now that I have 3 kids, I am not sure if this is what God wants me to continue to do, or if I should change to do something (or maybe part-time) where I can spend more time with the family, or whether I should be a stay-home mom (as financially it does not seem like we can). There is very few part-time jobs in the IT field and other than that, I don't know what other skills I have! Please pray for my husband to have the strength to follow God's will. Please also pray for my dad's conversion as he is not a catholic.

    Thank you and God bless. Wish you a wonderful vacation with your husband.

  136. Mary

    I would be grateful for any prayers you could send my families way, specifically for my twenty year old son and his choices/future. Also for our daughters health. Jennifer I pray that you and your husband enjoy this time. I will be praying for your safety in travel as well. Thank you for your generosity.

  137. Brittany

    Thank you so much for your prayers! I hope you have a fantastic trip!

    Can you please pray for my husband and I? We have been trying to conceive for over a year and are having difficulties. We will be finding out some test results in the next few weeks. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

  138. Anonymous

    Can you pray that I find gainful employment? My unemployment runs out in August and I am terrified. Also, if you would be able to pray that I find a respectable man to share my life with, I would be very grateful. Thank you so much!

  139. Anonymous

    That my dh will continue to move closer to the Lord and the Church.

    That my children will grow in their love of God and the Church.

    That this stinky sinus infection will go away.

    That we might be blessed with another child.

    In thanksgiving for your blog and your example!

    Katie in Maryland

  140. jbrooke6

    I wouldn't have taken you up on this a week ago, but my beautiful, intelligent, talented, atheist 16 year old son just got in trouble for underage drinking at a concert. It's not his first foray into the violation of rules, and we need all the prayers we can get to help us help him. Thank you for your wonderful offer! I'll be praying for you as well as you pray for so many intentions! God Bless you!

  141. Julie

    One of my co-workers was diagnosed with a brain tumor last night. He and his wife are both in their mid-late thirties, with three young children. He'll be having surgery to remove the tumor this week. I'd so appreciate your prayers for him and for his family.

    Also, my husband and I are traveling this weekend — our first plane trip together since our honeymoon! And the first time that both of us will be away from our kids for any length of time. We'll pray for your safe travels and would appreciate your prayers for ours πŸ™‚

  142. Sheri

    What a thoughtful offer! I have to admit first that I am jealous of your stay at the abbey – how wonderfu to be able to immerse yourself in prayer and peace, enjoy! Thank you for sharing it by praying for us.

    Please pray for my parents; my father is in extremely poor health and is very depressed.

    Please pray for me. After a season of difficulties and struggles, I am lost. I feel so separated from Him, like I am walking all alone. I "know" I'm not, but my heart needs to feel it again. Pray that I will find Him again and let Him carry me.

    Thank you so much.

  143. Anonymous

    Please pray for my 18 year old daughter who has suffered peer rejection and loneliness. May God send her trustworthy friends who can help her heal.
    And for my husband who is under great strains, but stays strong for the family.
    Thank you for doing this. God bless you.

  144. gia

    Looks like you will have plenty to do now πŸ˜‰ What a wonderful blessing for us all. We will pray for a fruitful, holy and safe trip for you and your husband. Thank you Jen!

    Please pray for the reversion and/or increase of faith of my nine siblings. Also for my mother and a brother who suffer from chronic pain. May they unite their suffering with Christ's and if it is God's will, for them to be healed.

    And lastly, I humbly ask that you pray for me: to follow God's will instead of my own. And for me to be a good witness to our faith and our holy Church to those around me.

  145. Anonymous

    Thank you for doing this.

    Our grandson Tyler died at age 2 of a brain tumor. Please pray for my son, his wife, and their remaining 5-year-old son to heal from the loss. Also please pray for my son to receive career direction and for he and his wife to come back to the Lord.


  146. Liesl

    This is so great that you are getting away for a bit and taking time to pray for all of us!

    Could you please pray for my friend Michael? He is having a tough time in life right now, and he is not sure if what he believes – he doesn't really believe in the power of prayer and I just want him to find some serenity and happiness! Also, please pray for his mother, she just had a heart attack. She is doing much better but it was still quite a shock!

    Also, a prayer intention for myself. I am currently in the process for searching for a new roommate, and it is starting to worry me that I haven't found one yet. I am just trying to hand control over to God and not get anxious, but sometimes it is difficult.

    Hope you have a spiritually rejuvenating trip!!!

  147. Anonymous

    While I've become a deeply faithful Catholic, my husband continues to be barely a cultural Catholic. He is also a very negative force/energy (I'm not sure what to call it) in our home and we have three children. Please pray for his deeper conversion and whatever it is he needs to become…..just nicer. I'm very concerned for my children's faith formation because of his attitude.

  148. Anonymous

    Thank you. I believe in the power of prayer. Please pray for my son who just underwent his 5th hip surgery and is undergoing physical therapy. Pray for complete healing and restoration. God bless your vacation and time with the family.

  149. knmkendall

    Oh, what a kind and wonderful thing you are doing and I appreciate it very much! Please pray for my baby's safe delivery. Today is my due date. Our last baby was a still birth four years ago and I'm trying not to let fears of a problem during or after delivery fill my mind as I wait for this little one's arrival. Thank you so very, very much for your prayers! May God bless your time there.

  150. Nona

    There are heartfelt needs, hopes and yearnings expressed here. I suggest that we all pray for each others' intentions as well as for our own.

    My request: prayers for family healing.

  151. cheryl

    I hope it's not too late to add mine. I ask that you pray for my sister, Carol. She's having hip reconstruction surgery this Friday and she's scared she won't make it through.


  152. Erin

    If you could please pray for my cousin, Anthony, who's twenty-five and now in jail for the third time. He's addicted to drugs and making choices that are hurting not only himself but also my uncle, aunt, and extended family. Any prayers for a change of heart for Anthony and relief for my family would be appreciated. Thank you. <3

  153. Anonymous

    Dear Jennifer,

    I have been reading your blog for some months now, but I donΒ΄t think I ever commented. First of all, I have to thank you – your blog helped me a lot on my journey from atheism to Catholicism. I am so blessed!

    I would be very grateful if you could pray for my conversion (I hope to enter the Church next Easter), the relationship with my wonderful cradle Catholic boyfriend and that we encourage eachother in our faith and for the conversion of my dear family (THAT would be a miracle! ha!). I wish you a wonderful time on your trip!

    Greetings from Slovenia πŸ™‚

  154. Lizzie

    This is so very generous of you – I will pray for you and yours too. I am a reader from London UK and your blog has been a real blessing to me for the past few months.
    I would really appreciate prayer for
    My dad who is elderly and has no faith – that he would know God loves him.
    My brother who is soon to go on a posting to Afghanistan with the Royal Marines.
    For a friend who is suffering with advanced bowel cancer
    For me – that God would bless with me a godly husband and family. I have been a single mum for 7 years and long to be married and live out God's plan for marriage and family life.
    Thank you so much – enjoy your break. I recently had a few days at a Benedictine Monastery and it was so restorative in many ways.

  155. Anonymous

    For strength in my continuing battle to overcome anxiety issues.

    For my sister-in-law to have a good outcome in regards to some scary health issues.

  156. Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I'm so glad I saw this post before you left! Please pray for a friend's little boy (3 yrs old – or will be soon) – he has what was thought to be an infection that wouldn't clear up, but has suddenly been diagnosed as stage 4 cancer. He is undergoing aggressive chemo which is so hard on the poor little guy. There is a low survival rate for this type of cancer, and his family needs a miracle – please pray! His name is John and his mother is pregnant also, so doubly stressed.

    Thank you so much for praying, Jen – my family and I will keep your family in our prayers this week too.

  157. maureen

    How wonderful of you to be so generous with your time.

    Could you please pray for my dad who is currently in the end stages of cancer?

    Could you also pray for my daughter who is struggling?

  158. blossom

    Thank you for offering your prayers. My six year old daughter has epilepsy and has fragile bones in her legs from being bed bound for most of her life. She suffered a fracture of her left femur a couple of years ago and it just won't heal. It seems to break again as soon as she gets the cast off and has a seizure. She is getting her cast removed this Thursday and I don't know if my heart can take seeing her in pain from another fracture. Please pray that this time her leg has healed completely and that this ordeal is over for her. Her name is Lyla. Thank you so very much.

  159. Anonymous

    Please help me pray for my father's full recovery, strength for my mother, and the conversion of my husband and his family.

  160. Rebecca

    Please pray for healing for David A.
    He had a stroke and was found hours later unconscious. Please pray for his family.
    Please pray for my daughter, Renee R., who starts college on Monday; for her success in her studies and for her safety, well-being and happiness.
    Please pray for my oldest son, Rick R., as he continues his studies at college this summer and fall. He continues to grieve for his dad who passed away over 5 years ago.
    Please pray for my middle son, Hank R., who turned 16 yesterday and will be getting his driver's license at the end of the month; for wisdom and safety for him.
    Please pray for my husband, Scott, to continue to be able to provide for us, his family. He lost his job last month.
    Please pray for our financial situation; bills are overdue, especially the car insurance.
    Finally, I would sincerely appreciate some prayers for me as well. I am a mom that puts everyone else's needs first but prayer is something that I will ask for.
    Thank you so much! Enjoy your well-deserved vacation.
    I am sure the silence and stillness will be healing and restorative.

  161. jamalieh

    I just gave birth to our 4th son in April and am having post partum anxiety and not feeling open to having more children, esp since we are low income. I would feel very embarrassed since it is so obvious we aren't wealthy to get pregnant again. I do believe Church teachings and want my heart to feel open to life.

  162. Anonymous

    Could you please pray for my family's fiances and my husband's job.

    Also for Dustin's upcoming custody case.

    Joe and Ash's marriage. Ash suffer from depression.

    And that our grandchildren will be Baptize. Our son will return to the Church.

  163. Sarah

    What a wonderful offer. May God Bless you richly for it.

    If you could pray for my boyfriend's and I discernment of God's will in our relationship, I would appreciate it.

    And if you could pray for my boyfriend to find a new job that he will enjoy, that is nearby where I live.

    Thank-you so much!

  164. Anonymous

    Wow. Thank you so much for doing this. From skimming these comments, my problems are small, but they weigh on me heavily.

    I'm getting married in eleven days to a wonderful Protestant man. I know that his journey to the Catholic Church, if it ever happens, will be slow. All of his family and mine are fundamentalist Protestant, since I am the religious black sheep of the family, having converted in college. There have been some tensions about that and other unrelated parents/inlaws scuffles. A lot of it is due to the stress of paying for and coordinating a wedding.

    My fiance got a job 2 weeks ago (thanks be to God!) and he's coming down now so that we can finalize our apartment lease. This is embarrassing, but could you pray for purity as see each other before the wedding. We have struggled in that area, not always completely sucessfully.

    I am also quite anxious about the honeymoon. The only pelvic exam I have had was done by an on and off Planned Parenthood employee, unbeknownst to me. Her bedside manner was nonexistent, but I was shocked at the level of pain. I don't want to be miserable, but more than that, I don't want my new husband to feel guilty.

    And finally, we will be newlyweds using NFP. Our financial situation will be such that for at least a year, conception would not be prudent.

    Okay, not finally – my best friend is joining the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in August (she actually saw you when you visited the sisters in Round Rock). She waffles between peace and delight in God's will for her life and fear that her own weaknesses and failings will doom her vocation. And her family, being double predestinationist Calvinists, considers her dead to them almost. It is a very bad situation.

    Thank you so much for your prayers. πŸ™‚ I will pray too for your family.

  165. Betsey

    As per my previous e-mail, I'd love prayers for my husband to come back to the Church and for general renewal of faith for our family. Also, for a possible move in our future. Thank you!

  166. Elaine

    Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for my aunt who will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 3.

  167. Anonymous

    Oh, my goodness, I do hope we are not taking advantage of your kindness…
    Please pray for my friend A. (and her family) who has terminal cancer and 5 children under the age of 8. She is a dedicated Catholic homeschooling mother and is struggling to understand God's will for her family as her condition deteriorates.
    Please pray for my husband to find a better job close to a good Latin Mass community that offers daily Mass. Thank you! –J.C.

  168. Patricia

    So many are asking for your prayers — thank you for so generously offering to pray. Please pray for my friend MaryAnn (& her husband, Matt), a Catholic homeschooling mother of 8 young children who has cancer. Thank you & God bless you —

  169. Lucy

    Please pray for my husband's grandfather who is dying. He is 93, and the father to 16 (all with the same wife), and a good catholic man. He has several types of cancer that have spread and it doesn't sound like he will be here for much longer. Thanks.

  170. Jodi

    Dear Jen,
    I have "big babies" and so I am always induced. I hate being induced because my body doesn't seem to react to it and I'm usually in the hospital for three days before anything really happens. I am going to be induced with pitocin tomorrow. (June 23rd) This is my fourth baby and I do not want to be away from the other three for long. Please pray that all goes well, that by body accepts the pitocin and goes into labor quickly, that my kids do okay without me, that my baby is healthy and that I graciously accept God's will for me. I'm very scared. Your prayers will be a great comfort. Thank you and God bless. FYI- My baby's patron saints are St. Colette and Our Lady of Victory.

  171. Robyn

    For the conversion of two family members, K and R, who have fallen away from the faith. They also have assorted health issues, and I pray that their pain will be eased and might one day bring them closer to God; you could add that. πŸ™‚

    For me (especially this Friday) to be a useful tool of the Holy Spirit as I attempt to witness to Jehovah's Witnesses who have been visiting me, and for the JWs themselves. The "regular" one is named Enid, and she always comes with at least one companion, but not always the same person.

    Thank you!

  172. Lerin

    Would you please pray that I find a spiritual director? Thank you so much for your generous offer to pray for us.

  173. Charity

    Girl, you have bit off a big chunk of prayer. I think you are going to have to extend your visit to get them all in!

    Please pray for my Southern Baptist husband to convert to Catholicism, that he will support me in raising our 3 yr old son in the Catholic faith, and that we could please conceive another child. We have been trying for more than a year.

  174. Anonymous

    I would really appreciate it if you would pray for the conversion of my brother, sister, and brother-in-law, as well as temperatures under 100 degrees in my state, since both my parents, in their 50s, have to work outside. They're both on medication, so the heat is harder on them.

    Thanks so much. This is such a kind thing to offer people.

  175. 4ddintx

    Thanks for such a generous offer!

    Please pray for emotional and spiritual healing for my 5 year old and 7 year old. God knows the details.

    Also, that the speech assessment will show what is wrong with my 5 yo's receptive language and that the problem can be corrected.

    Blessings to you and your husband on this trip!

  176. Fran

    Hi Jennifer…many blessings and angels go with you on your retreat.
    I need prayer for two issues:
    1. Healing for me and my DH. Orion, our beloved Brittany, passed away almost exactly a month ago from lymphoma–he was 13.5. And thanks for the grace of his last few days (loving support, the vet respecting my choices when we received the diagnosis).
    2. I am having a really bad time wrapping up a writing project. I do an e-mag, have 3 articles left, and just can't get them done.
    A thousandfold blessings and many thanks!

  177. Winonah

    1. Please pray for a job opportunity for me and our financial difficulties
    2. pray for a way to make catholic school for my kids work
    3. that I will know God's will and be a faithful servant!

  178. Anonymous

    I want to leave the Church. But I don't. But… I really, really do.

  179. Martha

    Would you please pray for our group of students whol will be attending a Steubenvill Conference July 9th-12th in Springfield, Mo. Thank you for you prayers. Our goal is to have 1000 Rosaries prayed for our pilgrimage. Thank you,
    May your pilgrimage bring you peace and joy.

  180. Emily

    Wow, so many comments! Thanks for the opportunity, Jen!
    Please pray for my vocation! I am discerning with the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ, and I want to join them so badly! Please pray for me and them and for my perseverance!

  181. Lisa

    Thank you for your most generous offer, Jennifer. Would you please pray for my father-in-law, John? He is having some follow-up scans on some suspicious nodule in his thyroid, liver, and lung. I would also appreciate your prayers for my brother, Scott, who is having a myotomy (a type of stomach surgery) on 6/24. He'll be on a liquid diet for the next four weeks as he recovers. Last, but not least, please pray for my husband, John, that his mind and heart will be opened to the fullness of the Catholic faith. I'll be praying for you and for a peaceful vacation with your husband. God bless you both.

  182. Karen

    If you have time, would you please pray for our tiny church plant here in Northampton, MA. Our purpose is to share the love of Christ with the many here who don't know him, with those who are down & out on the streets or living a life without His love. The name of our church is Imagine, from Ephesians.

  183. Jen

    What a very nice idea! Could you pray that I will soon be blessed with another healthy baby? Please also pray for two friends in my Catholic fertility group who are in the early, scary part of their pregnancies, and for those who long for children of their own. Many thanks!

  184. Dave

    Thanks so much for the offer to pray while you are at the monastery. I would greatly appreciate a mention in your prayers for the faith life of my family. I usually end up going to church alone. A prayer that my children find their relationship with God — they are searching much as you did — and a prayer that my wife refresh her relationship would mean a lot to me. Thank you.

  185. Anonymous

    I'm having career — and financial — problems. The problems are all my own fault but still, I'd appreciate prayers. I especially need the gift of wisdom.

  186. MS

    Hope you haven't left yet-
    One, we have been praying for a new job for my husband since his moved to an office an hour away last year. If you could pray for that as well it'd be great. Two, we have a child who doesn't seem to be on track for growth and don't know yet if it's anything to be concerned about. Please pray for my little one's health. And have safe travels!

  187. Anonymous

    Hey —

    Hope am not too late
    Please pray for a friend of mine as well as my job situation to change — i have prayed and prayed and pushed for change in vain

    Pray that God will open doors for this job to support us as working mothers or that we will find better opportunities

  188. cathy

    I was supposed to go there later this summer, too (I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada – not too far from there!)… πŸ™‚ Please pray for lukewarm Catholics everywhere, that they'll rediscover their faith and pursue it.

  189. cathy

    P.S. And I'll pray for you, too!

  190. Barbara

    Thank you so much for including all of us in your prayers – what a beautiful gesture!

    Please pray for both my children that they can find happiness with their significant others – that these releationships will lead to a loving and long lasting marriage.

    Also, please include my mother-in-law, Helen in your prayers. She is suffering from end-stage dementia – her illness has been very hard on the family.

    Have a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

  191. Anonymous

    Please pray for my son. He is autistic, epileptic and very violent. Some days are more than we can bear. Come to think of it, my wife and I could use your prayers to help us help him.

  192. Anonymous

    Oh Jenn, I have one prayer. Please pray for us to sell our house and get into a good financial situation so my husband can have some mental peace and get the time to finish his dissertation.

    anonymous E.

    thank you! Please, you should post something you'd like us all to pray for for you when you get back.

  193. Anonymous

    My husband unemployed since Fall'2009 needs prays for a good job soon. My daughter unemployed since her college graduation May '2009 needs prays for employment as well.Thank you so much! Hoping you have a great vacation.

  194. Alyson

    Hi there Jen,
    Your trip to the monastry sounds great. Thank you for the offer of prayer! The one thing we can rely on!!
    I am working, thankfully,but we are beginning to feel the pinch, as my husband has been in and out of work for 2 years now. He has just begun his 3/4th stay at home, lookijng for employment. The economy is NOT promising and the budget cuts will inevitably take their toll, but we re already feeling it. Please pray for his fortitude and strength but most of all, that his Faith remains steadfast, and grows during this period.

    Many thanks. Have a wonderful and uplifting time with the Lord!

  195. Anonymous

    Please pray for my husband's job situation and our plans to buy a home.

    Prayers back to you for a blessed retreat!

  196. Jennifer G.

    What a generous offer! I'm so inspired by your selflessness in offering the little quiet time that you have to others. Wow.

    Have a great trip!

  197. Anonymous

    Please pray for my son, Jacob. Thank you!

  198. Anonymous

    Thank you for this. Please pray for us that we will be blessed with a child. We have been trying for four years.

  199. Anonymous

    If it's not too late … pray that I can come to peace with my body.

  200. Anonymous

    Erm, if you happen to see this (since it's rather late), will you please pray for faith and clarity for me? I've been struggling so much lately and I'm so tired and I know a lot of it is down to my selfishness and stupidity, but I still need prayer. Thank you. ~S.

  201. Anonymous

    Please pray that I may come to love God more and for a friend of mine, that he may open his heart to Jesus

  202. Erin @ Sky Blue Pink Roses

    If it's not too late, please pray for a child to be placed with us for adoption soon and that the adoption process and integrating the child into our family will go smoothly and successfully. Thank you.

  203. Coleen

    Hi Jen,

    I just wanted to update you on one of the prayer requests that I sent you…

    We went for our 20 week ultrasound yesterday and everything was perfect! We are so thankful to God for the gift of our healthy baby boy and so grateful for all of the prayers said on his behalf.

    I hope that your trip continues to ba a wonderful experience.

  204. Anonymous

    Wow, this is so nice of you. I read over some of the comments and I'll be offering up prayers for them as well.

    I don't know if you'll get this in time, but in case you do, there have been a bunch of things that have been weighing on me (even though they seem minor compared to many others).

    1)my husband is suffering from depression/anxiety/OCD. While things have gotten a little better, he is unemployed because of it and the whole process of trying to get back into the working world is very overwhelming for him. I'm employed, but I don't make much and we have to budget very carefully. Sometimes I also struggle trying to figure out how to best help him…..and with doing "everything" because he doesn't have the energy to get out of bed some days.

    2)In the midst of this, both of us (but especially me) have a strong desire for a child. It's really hard for me as I have this strong, strong desire and *everybody* around me is getting pregnant, but yet we both know that given our circumstances right now (see above, plus I'm still in school) that trying to conceive wouldn't be the most prudent decision right now. I keep struggling with jealousy of my friends and family who are starting their families.

    3) There's a family situation, somewhat related to the first 2 things, that is causing stress in our lives. We just need to TRUST in God but have trouble doing that.

    4) My dad was recently diagnosed with melanoma. It looks like it was caught early, but we'll know the status better in the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks so much. I'll be praying for you as well. I haven't posted before, but I really enjoy your blog and have gotten a lot out of it.


  205. Anonymous

    Your blog has been such a blessing to me!

    If I am not too late…

    Would you please pray that I will find peace and grow closer to God.

    Would you also pray that I might find love and have a family of my own.

    Thank you so much and God bless you!

    P.S. I will pray for you and your family as well!

  206. Anonymous

    Please pray for me too! I REALLY want to get married, but am waiting for God to tell me who this should be. I've been waiting for this person for about 22 years believe it or not. Something has got to give! Please say a special petition for me that all this waiting will pay off for someone REALLY special! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  207. Anonymous

    It's probably too late, but I'd like to post just in case…

    Firstly, thank you for offering to pray for us. I will pray for you and yours as well!

    I'd like to ask that you pray for my atheist dh, for the spiritual, physical, and emotional health of my children, for me to be open and to see the will of God.

    God bless you!

  208. Anonymous

    Hey Jen–sorry this is so late. What a generous offer.

    Please pray for me and my shoulder injury, that it stops giving me pain when I write or type. Pray for me and my fiancee, that we can better understand the sacrament of marriage as we prepare to live it fully. And please pray especially for my fiancee, who is a cradle Catholic (I'm a convert) and is uncomfortable with some of the more organized parts of our religion. Ask that he grow into an adult faith and come to know Christ personally.
    Also pray for my sister, who is 19 and confused about what to do in school and in life. Keep her safe from harm and all anxiety.

  209. Susanne in NM

    Please pray for my husband… he is leaving the slavery of a corporate job that has been slowly killing his spirit for many years. We are moving our family across the country to live near extended family, and are battling with fear in the face of the unknown. God has been moving one small step at a time. Please pray, too, that my husband will find a job, a vocation that he loves, in spite of the economy. WE KNOW THAT OUR GOD IS GREATER!

    Thank you so much Jennifer. Your blog is always an encouragement to me!

  210. Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me

    Well it's time to say THANK YOU and start sharing ANSWERED PRAYERS!!

    I asked you to pray that our family would grow- and we are on track to adopt our first child- a son- NEXT MONTH!!! He is due August 12 and we couldn't be happier!

    I realized last night that I had asked you to pray, and wanted you to know your prayer had been answered! (and ours, after four years…)

    THANK YOU!!!! Keep praying that everything goes through!

  211. Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me

    Hmmm…I THOUGHT I posted this a couple of days ago, but came back to check and it's not here so I'm wondering if I dreamt it or messed up the coded word again. I'm always doing that. πŸ™‚

    But I wanted to thank you for your prayers and for asking for our intentions. I think it's important to share answered prayers and to thank the Lord- and the intercessor!

    I asked you to pray that our family would grow with children, and we have been matched with a birthmom to adopt next month!! We're so excited and praying everything works out according to His plan. THANKS!!

  212. Scott

    Maybe I was meant to stuble upon this website. Amazing what you do. And of course, I have prayer needs.

    1) I really need to get my finances quickly caught up and back on track

    2)I'm really lonely and desire a companion (besides my cats), but it's very hard for me to open up to people, much less find "The One". If she's out there, I need to meet her.

    3) It wouldn't hurt if I lost about 50 pounds! πŸ™‚

  213. Katarina

    Thank you for all your prayers & dedication of praying and being an obedient servant of GOD!

  214. D

    Mention me in your prayers, so may God hear me soon. Thanks.

  215. Gladys

    My mother Lilly is suffering from non-stop cough, breathing problem and sleepless nights since 1Β½ month. She has become very weak. Kindly pray for her speedy recovery.

    My brother-in-law Ben is suffering from severe leg pain. Kindly pray for his speedy recovery.

  216. Tim

    Please pray for me. I really,really need help.
    eight years of battling with alcoholism and
    depression, I’m
    trying to get my life back, but everything seems
    so grey and empty now. I feel, I don’t have any purpose to live anymore. I feel lost and in despair now.
    Heavenly Father, please, enlighten me and show my way in life. Help me to find the job I like,
    the place I wish to live and please, give me the
    purpose to live. Also, please pray for my mother Dana, recently she had a stroke and very ill now. Father, please take care of my mother and help her to recover.
    Thank you

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