These past few weeks, my colleague Lora Brecker, has been attending to the family of her niece, Sarah Murnaghan, a ten-year-old girl who is dying for want of a lung transplant. Her mother engaged the services of a top-notch PR firm to petition the government to make an exception to the UNOS transplant rules, which make it virtually impossible for children younger than 12 to receive life-saving organs. (Since very few children’s organs are available, and adult organs must be offered to everyone on the list 12 or more years old before they can be offered to younger ones, for reasons that I still don’t understand.)
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It is difficult to imagine how her parents are coping. Every moment spent fighting the injustice — knowing all the while that it may be too late to save their daughter, but that perhaps someone else’s child may benefit — is one less moment they have with their beautiful daughter. One less moment to be together as a family. And yet, how could any parent live with the possibility that they might have saved their child, had they only _________.
And so, I ask you to please join me in this simple, powerful prayer on behalf of Sarah and her family:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Heavenly Father, send your Spirit to pour out every grace that family needs.