The Power of Prayer

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  1. Denmomof3

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    The Power Of Prayer…

    Submitted by Carol A. Clark
    on February 23, 2017 - 7:11am

    Fr. Scott McKee survives a near death experience. Courtesy photo

    Los Alamos Daily Post

    ESPAÑOLA – Doctors placed Pastor Scott McKee on life support last week at Presbyterian Española Hospital. He was battling a grave lung infection and lay near death. Just 24 hours later, the Roman Catholic priest recovered, and perplexed doctors released him Sunday from the hospital.

    Fr. Scott McKee, 56, serves three Northern New Mexico parishes: St. Patrick in Chama, San José in Los Ojos and Santo Niño in Tierra Amarilla. He explained that his parishioners and others gathered at about 2 p.m. at the church in Chama and began praying the rosary for his healing. He started to recover at that same time.

    News of his illness spread quickly. The Carmelite nuns in Santa Fe and Benedictine monks in Abiquiu, along with countless other people, also began praying for him, he said.

    “Probably thousands of people were praying for me and I felt lifted up … I definitely felt the presence of God,” Fr. McKee said during an interview Saturday in his hospital room.

    In cases like this, Fr. McKee said the Church is always careful to rule out every natural cause before declaring extraordinary divine intervention or a miracle, which could only be declared by the archbishop of the archdiocese.

    “For example, in the canonization of saints – if you can rule out every natural cause then you start looking for a supernatural cause – that is the Catholic way: faith and reason,” Fr. McKee said.

    Fr. McKee recounted the story of when he fell so seriously ill.

    “It began Wednesday, Feb. 1 when I came down with a head cold that started to move into my chest. It was a virus and a week later on Wednesday Feb. 8 in Tierra Amarilla, I went to the doctor. He gave me the standard treatment, antibiotics and an inhaler,” Fr. McKee said. “On Monday, Feb. 13, I went to the office and by the wee hours of Tuesday I couldn’t stop coughing. That morning I went back to the doctor in Tierra Amarilla.”

    Fr. McKee knew he was getting increasingly ill and said he intended to go back to St. Patrick’s in Chama to celebrate Mass in order to insure there were enough consecrated hosts for upcoming communion services, but realized he was too ill to do that, so he went back to his rectory and asked his office manager to call an ambulance.

    “On the ambulance ride to the hospital I thought I was a goner,” he said. “I felt weak and panicked … hypoxia (lack of oxygen) does that to you … the ambulance ride was horrific. They took me into the emergency room … I was pouring sweat and on fire. They gave me a CAT scan, echocardiogram, ultrasound … none of which I remember.”

    By 7 p.m. he was intubated and hooked up to a ventilator, he said. The following day all the tubes were removed and he was breathing on his own.

    “That never happens ... when they put someone on life support and they remove it 24 hours later ... that just doesn’t happen,” Fr. McKee said. “The doctor is very puzzled and he’s not happy because he cannot understand what is going on. He wants to understand why I got so sick so quickly – I had acute respiratory failure – and how I got well.”

    “In my subjective experience, I knew I was very sick and needed to get to the ER,” he said. “I do remember when they intubated me I felt a desperate need for my rosary. I tried to tell the technicians and medical staff through sign language but they couldn’t understand me. I got frustrated and tried to take out the tubes so I could talk but they stopped me.”

    The medical staff brought him a pad to write on but in his sickness he could not spell rosary, he said. His sister from Albuquerque had arrived and figured out what he wanted and went to the gift shop and brought back a hand-made orange and green plastic rosary.

    “The minute they put it in my hand I felt calm … I had felt like I was adrift in the ocean of suffering and this rosary was my lifeline and as long as I held on to it I was safe,” he said.

    Fr. McKee spoke about a figure in Church history named Blessed Bartolo Longo, 1841-1926, who dedicated his life to the Rosary and the Virgin Mary. In 1980, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who called him the “Apostle of the Rosary”. He needed a documented miracle to be eligible for sainthood.

    “I remember very clearly saying, ‘Okay Blessed Bartolo, you need a miracle and so do I,’” Fr. McKee said. “So I prayed for the intercession of Blessed Bartolo and I just prayed my rosary and pretty much haven’t stopped praying it since.”

    Fr. McKee praised his Deacons, Joseph Valdez and Harold Gallegos and his staff, who assist him in his work in the parishes. They have been keeping everything in the parishes running smoothly, he said. He also thanks all the people who prayed for him.

    “We can’t say this is a miraculous cure – people get sick and get well and people get sick and die,” he said. “But I’ve got probably thousands of people praying for me and I feel I’m being lifted up. And the staff at this hospital has been absolutely wonderful, caring and compassionate; using the very best of modern medicine … those are the things you look for in finding natural cause.”

    Fr. McKee has a tie to the local community in that he studied at a seminary in Connecticut with Los Alamos priest Fr. Glenn Jones, who was at his side last week when he was near dying in the hospital.

    “Fr. McKee is a good and very devout priest, and a good friend,” Fr. Jones said. “It would be much too presumptuous to simply declare this a miracle on its face. But, considering all that happened, it at least makes one wonder, and certainly thankful to God for his recovery regardless.”

    Fr. McKee said he sees divine providence in his journey to the priesthood, starting with being sent to Connecticut for his seminary studies. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he was used to a dry climate. The New England climate led to bronchitis and a professor who urged him to see a lung specialist.

    “They discovered a very rare tumor in the top lobe of my right lung. It was the smallest it could be and be detected by the CAT scan,” he said. “They usually don’t discover these tumors until they are huge and inoperable. I think about it and if they hadn’t sent me to Connecticut my professor wouldn’t have had me see a lung specialist and they wouldn’t have discovered the tumor.”

    Fr. McKee said he is now cancer free and was ordained May 26, 2012 by the former Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan.

    “Certainly I have felt the hand of God and his providence and mercy in all of this,” Fr. McKee said. “So the wisdom I’ve developed is to keep praying and do what the doctors tell me.”

    Fr. McKee is spending the next few days regaining his strength at his sister’s home in Albuquerque before he returns to his own home and parish in Chama.
  2. padraig

    padraig New Member

    -Wonderful and so positive.

    I was on the night shift the last week or two. I like this it shakes my life up a bit and forces me out of my usual spiritual schedule of where and when i go to mass and confession. So I ended up going to confession just a couple of days ago and went to mass yesterday evening and this morning at seven on both occasions being asked to do Eucharistic Minister. I felt such a great feeling of gratitude leaving mass. The mass is not only centre of my day, the centre of my life. The Sacrment of Confession is the hands that life me up to receive the Eucharist and the Gospel.

    I love it that I have so many chances for deeper prayer in my life, so few distractions. I love going to bed at nights and my bedroom turning into a little Church so I can fall asleep in the arms of Mary and wake , praying in the watches of the night in the company of the angels. I love it today I will do the housework and the shopping in the presence of the Holy Family and walk the mountains in the company of the Lord. God everywhere beside, in and all around me.

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  3. padraig

    padraig New Member

    What a great and wonderful thing it is to have our Catholic Faith. How very,very,grateful I am to those who passed it down to me and to those in previous generations who kept it alive through great poverty and persecution.

    I was thinking this morning of the parents of St Therese of Liseaux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin and how through their Saintly family they are a very great Sign for our times when the family is under grave attack both within and without the Church.


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  4. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Sister Lucia: “Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”
    [​IMG] Steve Skojec December 8, 2016 147 Comments

    Rorate Caeli has released a translation of a remarkable interview, originally published in 2008, with Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna. In it, he references correspondence he had with Sister Lucia, the principal visionary of Our Lady at Fatima:

    Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family.

    >Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.

    Talking also to John Paul II, you felt too that this was the crux, as it touches the very pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman among the generations. If the founding pillar is touched the entire building collapses and we see this now, because we are at this point and we know it. And I’m moved when I read the best biographies of Padre Pio , on how this man was so attentive to the sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of the spouses, even with justifiable rigor on occasion.

    Does this come as any surprise to those watching the events currently unfolding in the Church? We have referenced various apparitions in the past that are related to this, beginning with Our Lady of Good Success, in the 17th century:

    “Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church… In this supreme moment of need for the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.”

    When we reflect on the division among prelates at the Synod, Our Lady of Akita comes to mind:

    “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

    Catholics are not required to believe in even the most approved and venerated private revelations, but many of us choose to do so. Does this battle relate to the famous discourse Pope Leo XIII was alleged to have heard in a vision between Christ and Satan, which led him to compose the prayer to St. Michael? How long the final battle will last, and what will come after?

    It is impossible to know. But the notion that there is at this very moment a battle taking place for the heart of the Church and the souls of the faithful is no longer in dispute.

    Originally published on June 16, 2015.

  5. CrewDog

    CrewDog Archangels

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  6. Katfalls

    Katfalls Powers

    I learned at the age of seven about the power of prayer. I was the only girl between two boys and my mother was pregnant. I prayed so hard for a sister and my prayer was answered! And three more after that one . . .
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  7. AED

    AED Powers

    Don’t you love how God works? In His own time and in His own way but pressed down shaken out and overflowing.
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  8. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    And I learned early on that sometimes the answer is "no". I knew all the words of the hymns at school but only had one note in my head and that note had been overlooked by all the great composers. I prayed for a singing voice but :(:cry::(:cry:
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  9. Praetorian

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    Dolours don't be sad. In Heaven you will be able to sing the most beautiful notes to your heart's content :) Your voice will be even more perfect in your resurrected body than it ever could be now!
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  10. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    If that's the answer God gives me, it's all good. I can't complain because I have had many blessings and more than enough positive answers to prayer. In this life I'm a channel of God's grace because when I sing anyone within earshot suffers and I offer up my suffering and theirs for the holy souls.:D
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  11. padraig

    padraig New Member

    When I went to work yesterday morning I got a very bad migraine because I had not slept. it was so bad I could no longer see the computer screen to work. In the past I have asked the day off as a holiday day, but the new boss would probably faint if I asked such a thing of her.:):)

    So I prayed and prayed and went outside a little while. Such a feeling of joy and energy filled me I was carried through it all. The migraine did no go away. But my heart rose to it. I even worked on later.

    I can;t sing myself though I would love to. But I love singing. A music teacher told me a wonderful thing one time listening to me. She told me I can;t sing a note and my singing is awful but that she liked it because it was so plain to see I put my heart into it and loved it so much it had its own weird beauty.:D:D

    Only about two or three times in my entire life have I been praised for my singing but they worth the applause of the greatest opera house.

    Here is my favourite, Regina Nathan

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  12. maryrose

    maryrose Powers

    One of the miracles I received in Medjugorje was that I now sing. I dont have a fantastic voice but I can hold a note and I sing in a choir for Christmas. Some years ago when in Medjugorje I said to Our Lady I would love to be able to sing. that evening at the guest house they were having a social evening and someone asked me to song. I jumped in and sang a song. My husband went outside when I started as he thought this was going to be a major embarrassment but I did it and it was OK. On the way home I was asked to sing on the bus and I sang Our Lady of Knock. I now have a few part pieces for family gatherings and everyone is OK with it. So if you really would like to be able to sing ask Our Lady. It will happen.
  13. padraig

    padraig New Member

    If you can sing Our Lady of Knock you can sing anything.

    Congratulations Mary!!
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  14. CrewDog

    CrewDog Archangels

    As I read and thought about today's verse the chorus from Stephen Fosters "Old Folks at Home" antebellum piece came to mind: "All the world is sad and dreary, Everywhere I roam ......"

    With the post Christmas Let-Down, Winter for us in the N. Hemisphere and an uncertain-n-dangerous World Out-There, I imagine there are plenty of Folks here and elsewhere that might find comfort/guidance from the below:

    HeartLight Daily Verse - 28 December

    Matthew 11:28

    [Jesus said,] "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

    Thoughts on today's verse:
    At the end of the year, it sure is nice to be invited to rest in Jesus. So before we begin a new year, let's pause and place our hopes, our future, our dreams, and especially our burdens down at his feet and let him give us rest.

    Teach me, O God, to learn to rest in your grace and providence more and to worry less. I want to surrender my burdens to Jesus and let him teach me his way and how to find his rest. Sometimes I am so tired and weary I don't think I can continue, so please, dear Father, let me find rest in Jesus. Through whom I offer this prayer. Amen.
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    PS: Merry 4th Day of Christmas!!

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  15. padraig

    padraig New Member

    It is certainly uncertain, that's fro sure.
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  16. Mario

    Mario Powers


    I am a wimp when it comes to pain and usually end up torn between offering headaches up, or taking pain medicine so as to best fulfill my responsibilities. The latter usually wins out.:(

    Safe in the Refuge of the Immaculate Heart!
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  17. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The best drug for migraines , Terry are the ones you take when they first start. I had a long wait for break time to get out and it had already settled. I am wimp for pain myself.

    Apparently Padre Pio said the worst pain he had from his sitgmata was the wound to his shoulder. I can't imagine. Sometimes when I think of Jesus along the Way of the Cross I think of the blood, the heat and the flies
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  18. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    I Needed this today, right now! Thank you, CD! And thank you, Jesus!
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