Please say a prayer for my bridesmaid's little boy, Raphael Balint-Smith. He just got diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 3 and has to undergo surgery today. Poor Baby! Poor parents!
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Update from my friend Christine:
Thank you so much. It means such a lot to us that there is a community of wonderful people praying for our little boy on the other side of the world. I wanted you all to know that he had the best possible outcome for the actual surgery yesterday. The surgeon is hopeful that he was able to remove the whole tumor, or very close to it. He came out of the anaesthetic beautifully (he mumbled: "I'm ready to go home, now.") and was able to move all his limbs. Through all of this he has been so patient and cooperative. The night before his operation he was worried about the other children he could hear crying on the ward. We are blessed to have such a special little boy. Test results in the next few days will determine further treatment. In gratitude, Christine and Rupert