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Today was the day all prayed to avoid. Jon Scharfenberger entered his rest slightly before noon. The pro-life community lost a warrior and future general.

Students for Life of America lost a beloved colleague.

Dr. and Mrs. Scharfenberger lost a son, something I cannot fathom as a father.

We’ll finish day nine of our novena tomorrow, keeping in mind the Scharfenberger family. There is a website for donations to assist the family with Jon’s burial expenses:

https://jon.sagefundraisingonline.com/3

In the ten days since that terrible accident, there were over 25,000 hits on the updates and novena here at Coming Home. That says something about this incredibly inspirational young man, and the family who formed him.

Beyond that, I’m beyond words. More tomorrow.
UPDATE: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE…Click HERE.

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We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

DAY EIGHT

O Immaculate Mother of God, from heaven itself you came to appear to the little Bernadette in the rough Grotto of Lourdes ! And as Bernadette knelt at your feet and the miraculous spring burst forth and as multitudes have knelt ever since before your shrine, O Mother of God, we kneel before you today to ask that in your mercy you plead with your Divine Son to grant the special favor we seek in this novena.

That Jon’s fever be reduced, and that your Son send His Holy Spirit upon Jon to lift him up and heal the damage in his brain that has kept him so very unstable. We ask your maternal intercession that Jon be returned to us with health in mind, body, and soul.

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes , pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

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For those who are praying for Jon, Father Benedict Groeschel has timely advice in a 1999 broadcast.

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I haven’t blogged about any of the life issues since the tragic accident eight days ago that claimed three lives, and critically injured three others.

Jon Scharfenberger remains in extremely critical condition, and quite frankly, it doesn’t sound good from what I am hearing. But then, things often swing to those extremes in an ICU.

I won’t be blogging, going about business as usual here at Coming Home until Jon’s condition resolves, hopefully in a manner for which we are all praying. This has been very difficult for me on very many levels. The issues will all be there when Jon’s life has been secured. In the interim, we’ll hold vigil for Jon here at Coming Home, exclusive vigil. It simply can’t be business as usual, though my work with Medical Students for Life forges ahead.

For now Coming Home will be our virtual chapel, a place to come and simply pray for all involved in this unspeakable tragedy, to meditate on God’s perfect will for us all.

I haven’t been able to get this song out of my mind for days. In the darkness of Jon’s condition, and his family’s anguish, this classic Catholic hymn is the perfect prayer.

Peace, everyone.

Christ Be Our Light

1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Refrain
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

2. Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us.
Make us your living voice.

3. Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

4. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

5. Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

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We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

DAY SEVEN

O Almighty God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary did prepare a worthy dwelling place for your Son, we humbly beseech you that as we contemplate the apparition of Our Lady in the Grotto of Lourdes, we may be blessed with health of mind and body. O most gracious Mother Mary, beloved Mother of Our Lord and Redeemer, look with favor upon us as you did that day on Bernadette and intercede with him for us that the favor we now so earnestly seek may be granted to us.

We pray that during these three days of induced coma that your Son, our Divine Physician, may come to our brother Jon and make His perfect will known to him, that our earnest and humble prayers for Jon’s healing may be realized, and that he may be restored to us, that we may continue to be graced by him in our lives. We pray too that during these three days of induced coma, that Jon’s family may have time for rest and restoration for the long road before them.

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes , pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

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We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

DAY SIX

O glorious Mother of God, so powerful under your special title of Our Lady of Lourdes, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the gracious Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare and for the special favor we so earnestly seek in this novena.

We earnestly pray that your Son restore Jon to complete function in mind and body, for Ben’s healing, and for the other victims of this tragedy, that all may be made whole.

O Lady of Bernadette, with the stars of heaven in your hair and the roses of earth at your feet, look with compassion upon us today as you did so long ago on Bernadette in the Grotto of Lourdes .

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

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We gather in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

DAY FIVE

O Mary Immaculate, Mother of God and our mother, from the heights of your dignity look down mercifully upon us while we, full of confidence in your unbounded goodness and confident that your Divine Son will look favorably upon any request you make of Him in our behalf, we beseech you to come to our aid and secure for us the favor we seek in this novena.

That Jon stabilize this weekend so that he might be transferred to a hospital specializing in brain trauma, and for the healing of all who have been affected by this tragedy.

O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes , pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

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