Monthly Archives: April 2010

Pre-Trial Rescheduled

The pre-trial was rescheduled for this Friday, April 30th. I can’t share any more details other then that but I still need A LOT of prayers as we continue forward, as does the defendant. I realize that with your prayers and with the great Mercy and Grace of God, I will be able to get through all of this.

“To St. Philomena nothing is refused.” St. Philomena powerful with God, pray for us!

St. Philomena

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Prayers for the Pre-Trial

This Thursday, April 22nd is the Pre-Trial in which the perpetrator will make a plea. I’m begging you for your prayers that she pleads guilty and that we don’t have to go to trial. Please pray for the conversion of this person that she may come to know our Lord’s love and mercy in an incredible and personal way.

I also ask that you pray for me that I may have peace of mind. It has been an emotional journey and struggle for me since testifying at the Preliminary hearing and facing the perpetrator. The thought of going through it all again at a trial has me freaking out and I am an emotional mess.

I can’t thank you enough for your prayers! Every day I pray for everyone who is praying for me. It truly means so much to me.

I’ve been asking the intercession of St. Philomena and ask that you too beg her intercession for these intentions.

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, behold me kneeling in spirit before the throne on which it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I beseech thee to intercede for me with God. From the height of they heavenly country, deign to cast a look upon thy humble servant. Spouse of Jesus Christ, console me in my troubles, strenghten me in temptations, protect me in the dangers which surround me on every side; obtain all the graces necessary for me, especially (here mention your particular intention), and above all, assist me at my death. Amen.


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Divine Mercy Novena – Day 9

Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

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Keep the Prayers coming for Adam Skorka!

Here’s the latest carepages update on Adam. Thank you for your prayers and please keep them coming!

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Day 12 Pittsburg

Adam had a very rough night last night. Over the past several days he has had tummy pain that comes goes but yesterday it got much worse. He couldn’t tolerate any formula in his stomach for long and we finally turned it off completely in the evening. They started him on IV nutrition (TPN) last night as we give his belly a rest. Over the course of the night his “attacks” of tummy pain got worse and he was up most of the night with it. The morphine doesn’t seem to touch that pain. We waited for a consult from the GI docs all day and when they finally arrived they didn’t have much input. They wanted to put a little different feeding tube in him called a GJ tube which would bypass his stomach but we decided to wait on that because we don’t feel like they are addressing the cause of this problem. Every time a new symptom pops up they treat it with another drug and this poor child is now taking way too many of them.

We are very concerned about this tummy thing and each time he had an attack and we asked for the resident to come see him. But by the time they arrive he is back asleep. I think at one point they thought we were nuts. We demanded a belly x-ray and they did it at his bedside about 3:30am.
We also asked for an abdominal ultrasound and that will be done soon. If they don’t find anything we are at a total loss about what’s going on.

He had his “make-up” brain MRI this morning about 7:00 and is still recovering from that anesthesia. After the MRI while he was still sedated they did the lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy so he should be pretty sore when he wakes up. He will also have to deal with a sore throat again for a few days from the breathing tube during MRI.

It has been a very long night and we are just waiting on results at this point. It’s frustrating and scary to not know what’s going on with his belly. And we have been frustrated with the doctors the last few days as each one as his or her own specialty and defers to others when it doesn’t fall exactly in their area. We need one of them to step up and take control and look at the big picture. So far only Joe and I are doing that and I’m thinking we’re probably not qualified to be making some of the decisions that they have left to us…

Please pray for guidance for these docs and for us. This sweet baby needs to not hurt anymore and start trusting again. He’s so paranoid if anyone comes in the room. “What are they gonna do?” “Is it going to hurt?” “Will there be tape”? “When is it done?” It’s just so heartbreaking.

I was able to spend most of yesterday with the kids. I miss them so much and wish I could keep them all here with us. My heart hurt so much when I had to leave them. But my heart hurt when I had to leave Adam, too. When will this end?
Thank you for checking in on us and for your continued prayers.
With so much love for you all,
Katie and Joe

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Divine Mercy Novena – Day 8

Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

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Divine Mercy Novena – Day 7

“Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is “victim” souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes “every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,”we recommend the “active” souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.

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Divine Mercy Novena – Day 6

“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of  Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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