For Tita Cory

She has been a pillar of strength to many, especially those times when the entire nation seems incapacitated with right and power to freedom. But times do change. Today is the time she needs us most. She needs us and our prayers to carry on to her unwavering faith and strength.

Tita Cory, our former first woman president, you may never get a chance to read this, but I join the millions of Filipino people who are praying for your healing. Our God will never ever leave you.. you who are a person of love, faith and hope.

And to Ms Kris Aquino, continue inspiring me, and all other daughters out there in showing unconditional love to the woman who gave us our first breath of life.

Together, let us pray the PRAYER FOR GRACE AND HEALING FOR CORY AQUINO. This came from Ms. Joanne Mae Ramirez' column. It is a nine-day novena prayer for Ms. Cory Aquino that started yesterday, May 4 and ends on May 13- the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima.

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we come before you with humble but trusting hearts. You are the source of all life and healing, fountain of every gift and blessing for us.

We beg for your unfailing intercession before God, O Blessed Mother of our Lord. We turn to your Immaculate Heart, gracious and loving toward all of us. We call upon the three children at Fatima, through whom you taught us to seek true conversion of heart, persevering prayer and penance, the faithful offering of our daily lives.

We beg you to bring our petitions before God, as we pray for the healing and full recovery of Cory Aquino, our beloved former President, from her present illness. Her faith and hope are known to you, her devotion and reliance on prayer are known to all of us. Be with her for her peace and strength at this difficult time in her life.

Grant us, loving and compassionate Father, through the intercession of Blessed Francisco, Blessed Giancita and Sister Lucia, the graces we beg for, as we hope these "three children of Fatima" may soon be numbered among your saints in heaven.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for Tita Cory, for all sick people, and also remember us.

We ask all this from you, Father, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, through His Holy Spirit. Amen.

Photo Credit: Taken by Ms. Karla Peralta during the Mass for Peace in DLSU-Manila last March 2008.

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