Urgent Prayer Request

All of us over at Ignitum Today have been praying fervently for fellow bloggers Andrew and Christina Pocta who have been going through a very difficult time. A few months after their wedding in October, they joyfully found out they were going to be new parents.

Their joy has taken a curveball; their little girl Maria Isabella was diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

Since then, Christina and Maria Isabella have gone through surgery to correct the problem, but now is the time when healing must take place, and to pray that Christina can carry the baby to term. The doctors say this is the most critical time (even more than the surgery itself!). Andrew and Christina are in even more need of our prayers for their little girl.

Please join me in continuing to pray for the Pocta family. Let us pray through the intercession of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who is quickly being referred to as the Patroness for the unborn, and whose sister Virginia is a Canossian Sister (my Institute):

God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in Saint Gianna Beretta Molla you have given us one who witnessed to the Gospel as a young women, as a wife, as a mother, and as a doctor. We thank you because through the gift of her life we can learn to welcome and honor every human person.

You, Lord Jesus, were for Gianna a splendid example. She learned to recognize you in the beauty of nature. As she was questioning her choice of vocation she went in search of you and the best way to serve you. Through her married love she became a sign of your love for the Church and for humanity.  Like you, the Good Samaritan, she cared for everyone who was sick, small or weak. Following your example, out of love she gave herself entirely, generating new life.

Holy Spirit, Source of every perfection, give us wisdom, intelligence, and courage so that, following the example of Saint Gianna and through her intercession, we may know how to place ourselves at the service of each person we meet in our personal, family and professional lives, and thus grow in love and holiness.


For updates, you can read their blog, Cafe con Leche. God bless you!


14 thoughts on “Urgent Prayer Request

  1. I hope you do not mind but i shared this link on my facebook so that heaven can be stormed with prayer for her and for her mum and ad too and i shall ask a special blessing to be poured over them to one of my patron st st ben who feast is today

  2. Dear Sr. Lisa,
    We have and will pray and forward this request on to others. Bless you for calling it to our attention.
    May God continue to bless your ministry.

  3. Dear sir/madam,

    Request your blessings for my daughter “haneesha rambabu ”
    to get 1st rank in her 10th class.

    My daughter having exams from April 4th to 23rd.

    with love,

    Chennai – India.

  4. Help me pray for my financial problem. I’ve been praying for God, asking him for financial help as i am up to my ears in debt.

    I feel trapped and frustrated as i feel God has been ignoring my prayers.

    I have faith that God will sustain me in everything i need, but seems my faith is, at times, lacking. I feel frustrated and even tempted to end my life.

    Its like, God doesn’t hear me and is punishing me and i think thats the reason why he han’t answered my prayer. Help me pray for my financial miracle.

    • Dear David,

      Be assured of our (me and my Sisters) prayers. It is difficult to see how God is working when we are in the midst of crisis, and financial crisis has been a difficult cross for many today.

      Sometimes we can begin to think, God isn’t pleased with me or that our faith is weak and use these to reason why our situations don’t improve. Job’s companions in the Old Testament book reasoned this way, thinking that Job must have sinned to have so many bad things happen to him, insisting that his situation and loss is punishment for personal wrongdoing.

      Job teaches us a lesson that, sometimes, God has another reason why the faithful suffer. We are called to persevere in our suffering; it is a test of faith (which by definition is ‘believing without seeing’). It is difficult to walk blindly (not seeing) when we don’t understand the reason behind our trials; it requires a strong faith and perseverance. You have this capacity.

      In regard to thoughts of suicide (and for other readers who struggle with this):

      1) If you are in immediate danger call 911 now. If you are not in the U.S. call your local emergency number.
      2) If you want to talk to someone today, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)
      If you are thinking about suicide, read this first . . .
      3) Make Alternative goals.
      4) Reflect on at least 5 things for which I’m grateful. Some examples are here.

      God bless you. Sr Lisa Marie

  5. pl pray for me actually rajat marriage proposal came for me i wish rajat and his mother,his brother will come soon as soon as possible pl pray they will come before 5th june 2012.cause my family will go kashmir on 5th june.pl pray my marriage will fixed soon with rajat and my family members will agree for this marriage.rajat stomact is outside look awkward pl pray his stomact inside he will fit soon.and pl pray rajat would stop smoking soon.thanks lord jesus.

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