February 11, 2003
of Our Lady of Lourdes
Miracle Prayer Line
(The Mission) is pleased to provide
A Brief History:
An integral part of the works of the Mission is praying
for the sick and suffering children of God. At the
Mission's inception, Our Lady entrusted a prayer, a Special Prayer, to
this Apostolate. The Special
Prayer, the gift of a Mother's love, is offered
each day in the presence of our Lord in the Most Blessed
Sacrament that the children of God may experience the
merciful love of God and maternal care of our Lady.
The Special Prayer
has been entrusted to the members of the Mission's
Prayer Apostolate. The
members have come to be affectionately known as the Twelve because of
the number of members
. They neither counsel nor
offer spiritual direction. They simply pray for you.
The Twelve is
composed of the following:
Bennett, Mary Lee Bourgeois, Norman Hebert, Ellie Hooper,
Carroll LeBoeuf, Mike
Richard, Doug Smith, John Supernaugh, Gretchen Sternfels,
and Sal Yenni.
The telephone number for the Miracle Prayer Line is
(985) 446-5840. You may call the Miracle
Prayer Line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and pray
with one of the Twelve
or leave your name and intentions with the
answering service. You can also
email your prayer request. The email address is: email@example.com Your name and intentions are added to
the Mission's Book of Intentions. These people and
intentions are remembered in prayer daily before our
Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. There are periods of
time when the Twelve are unable to take calls due to the
demands of daily life.
The format of the Special
Prayer is as follows:
Let us pray,
In a moment of silence as we begin this prayer,
let us commend to the Most High and entrust to the
maternal care and most powerful intercession of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary all who are sick or suffering
(physically, mentally, or spiritually).
[In particular we pray for name(s) ]
Let us begin, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. (At this time a brief period of silence is observed. In
the silence of your heart, you are encouraged to mention
your intention prayerfully to our Lord through Mary. It
is during this time that the Special Prayer is prayed
silently by the Twelve).
Then together we pray:
* 1x - Our Father
* 1x - Hail Mary
* 1x - Glory Be
* 9x - O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who
have recourse to Thee.
During the Special Prayer for
the sick and suffering at a Chapel of Perpetual
Adoration, I (Darrell Bennett) experienced the following:
As I was kneeling in prayer with my hands
joined in front of me, I partially opened or spread my
hands while keeping my thumbs together. During this
time, my hands were transformed into a dove facing away
from me. From the dove flowed what appeared as a river
of light and grace and poured out upon an oversized open
book. On the pages of this open book were lists of
names. The pages slowly dissipated as I continued to
pray, and in their place large crowds of people slowly
appeared. It was as though the smoke or fog vanished to
reveal what was present all along. The crowd of people
became immersed in this river of light and grace. When I
finished the Special
Prayer, everything returned to normal. It was
very surreal. I looked at my hands for a period of time.
It seemed as though they belonged to someone else;
nevertheless, it was hard to believe what happened.
Note: I believe what I experienced is not unique only to
me but transpires each time the Special Prayer is
prayed by any one of the Twelve whether it be for an individual,
a group or the world.
Miracle of the Rosary
There are many questions that are
repeatedly asked of me. Why are some people healed and
others are not? Does it make a difference if you are
physically present for the special prayer or will a
simple call or email suffice? Why are some healed at the
time of prayer and others much later or not at all? I
simply do not know. I have asked myself the same
questions especially when family or loved ones are
involved. Over time, I have come to reflect on the words
and actions of Our Lord and Our Lady, in particular
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and Our Lady of the
Rosary at Fatima. Through prayerful reflection, the
second luminous mystery of the Rosary speaks well to my
heart about these questions.
The Miracle occurs at the wedding feast at Cana, a very
normal situation at this time in which a couple is
married and the wedding feast is celebrated
typically for seven days. Mary, the mother of Jesus,
speaks to Jesus about a situation that has developed.
The host ran out of wine, something that could be the
cause of great embarrassment to the couple. As we know,
Jesus proceeds to turn the water into wine and begins
his public ministry. His disciples begin to believe in
Him. Over the years I have come to believe that Our Lady
had NO idea what Jesus would do when she told him they
were out of wine. I am also convinced she did not seek
to influence or pursuade Him to do something specific;
however, I am positive that she knew with absolute
certainty that whatever Jesus did or did not do is what
was unquestionably not only best for the couple but also
mankind as a whole throughout time and for eternity.
Thus, her maternal instruction, the best spiritual
advice ever given by anyone to anyone was simply "Do
whatever He tells you." Therefore, we approach our
Lord in prayer, in sure hope, and in complete trust. We
prayerfully entrust all things to Jesus knowing with
certainty that whatever He decides for us in our
particular situation is best for us and for the whole of
humanity throughout time and eternity. His Will is
Perfect! Jesus, I trust in you! We go before the
Lord as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. 'He
advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying,
"My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from
me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.'"
The following taken from Sister Lucia's memoirs from the
apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima in 1917
give us some insight into why prayers are answered or
not. It is simply a mystery.
June 13, 1917 - During
Lucia: I asked for the cure of
a sick person
BVM: "If he is converted, he will be cured
during the year."
July 13, 1917 - During
made some requests, but I cannot recall now just what
they were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it
was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in
order to obtain these graces during the year. And she
"Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times,
especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it
is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and
in reparation for the sins committed against the
Immaculate Heart of Mary."
August 13, 1917 -
like to ask you to cure some sick persons.
"Yes, I will cure some of them during the year." Then
looking very sad, Our Lady said: "Pray, pray very much,
and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to
hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and
pray for them."
September 13, 1917 -
told to ask many things, the cure of some sick people,
of a deaf-mute"
"Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October I
will perform a miracle so that all may believe."
October 13, 1917 -
many things to ask you: the cure of some sick persons,
the conversion of sinners, and other things."
"Some yes, but not others. They must amend their lives
and ask forgiveness of their sins." Looking very sad,
Our Lady said: "Do not offend the Lord our God any more,
because He is already so much offended."