Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Send Up Some Prayers for Ryan Rusch and His Family, Today

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There is nothing more heart-breaking for parents than any child suffering. Those of us who are parents do and should feel for anyone's child, no matter the age, when major health problems threaten their time with us.

Ryan Rusch lives in West Beverly ( The west of Western Ave. - the Cape Cod, raised ranch and Georgian home Beverly working stiff tribe of the 60642 Zip Code).   Ryan was born with a rare heart disorder where only one artery supplies blood flow instead of the standard two.  He and his family have fought for life from the moment of birth.

Ten years ago, three teens decided to beat Ryan nearly to death.  It was a horrific beating, racially motivated by the attacker own words, but not deemed to be a Hate Crime.    Well, that is blood under the bridge.Image result for ryan rusch beverly

Ryan added brain damage and all that goes with that, vision impairment, seizures, struggles with attention to studies, to his struggles with the aid of those, but he is one tough kid.  He played football, graduated from St. Rita High School and attended college.  Then heart problems resurfaced.

He is undergoing dramatic surgery as I hit these keys.

We have prayed for Ryan and his family for weeks at daily services in St. John Fisher and at Sacred Heart.  At Sacred Heart, we conclude the readings and prayers of the faithful in preparation for the Celebration of Eucharist with the Memorare.Image result for memorare

This very special prayer to Our Lady is a miracle worker.  I taught it to many of the guys at Leo High School who are not Catholic and they said saying this prayer seemed to help them anyway. The words were stange to them, as it is to too many Catholics these days.

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Do me a favor. Send up a couple of Memorares over the next few days for the Rusch Family and all children who suffer from health problems. Send some up for yourself, as well.

It won't kill you and it just might ease some family's burdens.  Say the words,  even if you hate God, religion,  or sentiment.

Send some up for Ryan.


Tom Best said...

Thanks for the reminder about praying for Ryan Rusch. He will be prayed for today during my daily recitation of the Rosary. And you're right about the Memorare where you stated, "This very special prayer to Our Lady is a miracle worker.". Indeed it is...Also I'm praying for the mother of Demetrius Griffin Jr., a 15-year-old freshman at Steinmetz High School whose body was found over the weekend burned beyond recognition in an alley in the 5500 block of West Cortez in the Austin neighborhood. From all accounts he was a pretty nice kid, walked his cousin's dogs, went swimming, oh yeah, and had NO gang affiliation. He was a pretty good math student. And now he's no more. And I think about that word you used, Pat, in regards to Kevin O'Malley's senseless murder: Savage. Whoever did this to young Griffin committed an act of savagery...That's a pretty terrific thing you're doing in teaching even non-Catholic kids one of our most beautiful, profound and sublime prayers. If you were back in the old country this is what might be said of you, "Tá sé duine fíréanta." That's Irish for "He is a righteous individual."...God bless you, Pat, and keep up the great work.

pathickey said...

As always, thanks, Tom. BTW - are you related to Nancy Best? Nancy was year behind me at Loyola and often rode with us to Lewis Towers.