Prayer Request September 8, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, sadness, Virtue.
Very, very longtime readers may recall the name SSGT Mark Juarez USMC. Mark is a cousin to my brother-in-law. I had not seen him in a few years, but I ran into him this past weekend. He was traumatically injured in combat in Afghanistan in 2010 during his seventh deployment overseas. He just retired from the Marine Corps after 16 years of service, but due to his severe injury and 100% disability the Marines “bumped” him to 20 years effective and so he’ll get the normal retirement benefits.
Which, is a very large transition. Many servicemembers, especially combat veterans, have a difficult time transitioning to a civilian life. I imagine that may be doubly true in the case of a debilitating injury. He’s a father of three lovely girls so that will obviously take a great deal of his time. Since his injury, Mark has had to re-learn so many things many of us take for granted – walking, reading, writing, etc.
So there’s that, but Mark has a great deal else going on of a personal nature. I’d like to ask your prayers for him again. His recovery from his original injuries was truly miraculous and I’m certain the prayer of many good souls associated with this blog had at least a little to do with that. He’s in need of a different kind of, and possibly bigger, miracle now. It is not health-related, thank God, as he’s been through enough (including being a survivor of the horrific Midland veteran’s parade float truck/train collision disaster that killed several) in that regard, and it’s also not PTSD or anything of that sort. It’s a personal matter.
If you could add him to your regular list of intentions for an indefinite period, I would certainly appreciate it. I have added he and his family to mine, among several families for which I am praying at present. At the very least, pray that this latest suffering may redound to his further sanctification. Enough said.