Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
September 26th, 2009

Maryanne Rouse

College of Business and Administration
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St. Cosmas and St. Damian, Patron saints, along with St. Luke, of Physicians and Surgeons.

I don’t know about you, but sometime after Vatican II, I seem to have lost my need for saints.  “Now you can go directly to Jesus,” I was told or at least heard.  There may be a difference.

But when Life Happens, I seek all the help I can find: Saints, saints, all three Persons of the Trinity and those saints and sinners still here whom I think may be willing to join in my urgent pleas to surround a situation or person in a cocoon of earnest intentions of positive energy and support.  “Pray for her pleezze. Pray very hard. Squeeze your eyes tight, reach into your heart, and send some love--NOW!”

I’m confronted with one of those times as I sit to pray with these readings on this Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian.

We are, most of us, confronted by one or more of these situations often: threatening news on an x-ray,  the loss of a job, the inability to help a child no matter how or what we try, the phone call about a past-due bill, concern about the unhealthy choices of a loved one.  You fill out the list for yourself.

“I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion. I am coming to dwell among you.  Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.” Zechariah 2:509, 14-15a, in today’s Reading.

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