Companion in Illness:

The Wisdom of Scripture:
Praying with the Promises of Christ

The Face of Christ

"Come to me
when you are weary," Jesus said.
In his life on earth
he healed and comforted
multitudes of people.
He supports us today.
Hope in his promises.

What did Jesus promise?
Peace and refreshment for our souls.
An answer for prayer.
A great reward for the slightest thing
we do for others.
He promised guidance for life,
Bread for our hunger,
a heavenly home.

How can we be sure
these promises will be fulfilled?
Because God is just and does not forget.
God is truthful and will not change.
God is powerful and will do
what has been promised.

Jesus and the crowds

St. Matthew

Come to me, all you who are weary
and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.

Whoever gives
only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones
in the name of a disciple...
will surely be recompensed.

If you have faith, you will receive
whatever you ask for in prayer.

St. Mark

Everyone who does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.

Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

St. Luke

Those who lose their life for my sake
will save it.

Blessed are those
who hear the word of God and keep it.

St. John

I am the bread of life;
no one who comes to me will ever hunger,
and no one who believes in me will ever thirst.

The Holy Spirit
whom the Father will sent in my name
will teach you everything.

I will not leave you orphans;
I will come to you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will return and take you to myself.

Nothing Separates Us from Christ's Love

What then shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
If he did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us
everything else along with him?
Romans 8:31- 32

What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will trouble, or hardship, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness,
or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we triumph victoriously
through him who loved us.
For I am certain that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor principalities,
neither present things, nor future things,
nor powers, neither height nor depth,
nor any other creature, will be able to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35, 37- 39

Therefore, we do not lose heart.
Although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For our momentary light afflictions are producing
for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
So we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16- 18

Behold what manner of love
the Father has bestowed on us,
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are already children of God;
what we shall be in the future has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed
we will be like him, for we will see him just as he is.
1 John 3:1- 2


Power of the Name of Jesus

O glorious Name of Jesus,
gracious Name,
Name of love and of power!
Through you sins are forgiven,
enemies are vanquished,
the sick are freed from illness,
the suffering are made strong and cheerful.
You bring honor to those who believe,
instruction to those who preach,
strength to those who toil,
and sustenance to those who are weary.

Our love for you is ardent and glowing,
our prayers are heard,
the souls of those who contemplate you
are filled to overflowing,
and all the blessed in heaven
are filled with your glory.
Grant that we too may reign with them
through this your most holy Name.

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