A young Catholic couple in Missouri who are family friends and in-laws of my daughter have a seven-week-old son named Samuel Joseph. They have recently discovered that he was born with an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor. In simpler terms, it is a very serious cancerous tumor that is wrapped around nerves and growing into his spine; it is inoperable, and the prognosis is very poor. He is beginning chemotherapy today.
The family has decided to pray for a miracle through the intercession of Fr. John Hardon, a good and holy priest whom many of you may be familiar with from his visits to our archdiocese. The family has said that the prayer for Fr. Hardon's intercession shown below is Church-approved.
Please pray for Samuel and his parents, John and Kathlene Abraham. Thank you so very much. I will be sure to inform you of any changes in the baby's condition.
Almighty God, You gave Your servant, Father John Anthony Hardon of the Society of Jesus, the grace of consecration as a religious dedicated to theapostolate and the grace of consecration as an ordained priest, after the Heart of Your Divine Son, our Good Shepherd.
Through Father Hardon, You provided for your Flock an extraordinary teacher of the faith.
You entrusted Father Hardon into the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose counsel "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5) he faithfully followed, and whose intercession he unceasingly invoked.
If it be Your holy will, please grant the request I now make,
[the complete cure and return to health of Samuel Joseph Abraham]
calling upon the help of Father Hardon, so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized in the whole Church.
I ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Spirit is one God forever and ever. Amen.