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Brian Barry, a volunteer intercessor, speaks to a caller with a prayer request.

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Since its founding in 1995, the Marians' Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayerline has served more than 1.5 million people who have sought comfort and healing through prayer.

Headquartered at the Marian Helpers Center here in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Prayerline receives calls, e-mails, and letters from people all around the world telling us how their prayers had been answered, whether they were everyday needs or matters of life-and-death.

The following is one in an occasional series that shares recent correspondence from people who have turned to the Prayerline:

Prayers for Rosemary: A woman called to thank us for praying for her neighbor, Rosemary, a young mother who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed on one side of her body. Rosemary is out of the hospital after one week, and she walked to her neighbor's house to thank her for her prayers. Praise God!

Doreen called to thank us for praying for a young man named Ian. Ian underwent his third lung transplant operation; the first two were rejected. Praise God he is now doing very well.

Marge called. Her granddaughter Christy, missing for 10 days, has returned home. Praise God!

A few months ago, we had prayed for a young man, Jay, recently married, who was injured in an accident. Below is an e-mail from his parents, Nina and Ashok: "Our grateful thanks for all the prayers and intercessions for Jay's recovery. Yesterday he went for his four-week, post-surgical check-up and is doing well. He has started physiotherapy and has a lot of determination to get back to work as soon as possible. We ask for your continued prayers and support."

Kay asked us to pray for her niece Elizabeth who was to have a surgical
procedure for irregular heartbeats. She wrote to tell us the surgery was successful.

Delphine asked for prayers for her granddaughter, Anne Marie, suffering with a tumor. She wrote to tell us the tumor was removed and was benign.

Don called. One of the people he asked us to pray for got well and
left the hospital.

Joan had called to place Marie, four months in the hospital and dying,
on the Prayerline. Joan called back to say Marie was home from the
hospital and slowly recovering.

Ann called to ask prayers for her daughter, Kathy, who was to
undergo back surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Ann called back to say the
surgery was successful and that the doctors were very pleased.

Germaine had called in for prayers for a 4-month-old girl dying of brain cancer and who was in great pain. She called back to say they had a "miracle" — the cancer was gone, and the family requested prayers of thanksgiving.

A woman called on a Friday and asked for prayers for her friend
Debbie, who was undergoing brain surgery that day. She called back
early the following week to say the surgery was successful and Debby was
already home from the hospital

From Juanita: "Thanks so much for praying for my brother for healing
from third-degree burns. After a week, he was back to walking. Wounds
healed very fast. May God be praised."

From Ann: "I've been a frequent caller to the Prayerline over the years. I have recieved so much comfort, and support from this ministry and am deeply grateful. My answered prayers are too numerous to print! Thank you."

Do you have a prayer request?

"Nothing is too small or too great with our Lord," says Cathy Chichester, the Prayerline's supervisor.

We invite you to turn to our Prayerline. The service is free. The ministry's staff is available daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST). Send us your prayer petitions or call us at 1-800-804-3823.

Please help support the Prayerline.

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Christine - Jan 26, 2009

I am thankful to have a safe place to ask for prayer requests. I can type my fears, etc. for myself, my friends and even people that cross my daily path that they will be prayed for. I am in remission from my cancer. God provides for my daily needs. Father Harold Cohen blessed me with his relic of Sister Faustina at a conference once when I was ill. I have had a devotion to her ever since.

Sherrie - Nov 3, 2008

I have somuch more hope, after speaking with someone on your prayer line. I felt an immediate sense of peace and calm.My husband does not beleive on Jesus and he ridicules me for my beleif in him. Bless you all for your prayers. I will keep you posted on the welfare of my husband.

Bea - Aug 30, 2008

There are many prayers that have been answered through this prayer line in a good way that I have called in. Too many to even mention. THANKS!!!!

Peter - Aug 24, 2008

I sent an email recently asking for prayers following a failed surgical operation. Since sending the email, the abscess I had been suffering from has started clear up without the help of medication. Thank God.

Jaylee - Aug 23, 2008

Your prayers have obtained financial aid for myself and for some missionaries in Guatemala, an own place to live(YES!!) and a great change in my relationship. Thank you so much for praying for my intentions and lighting candles for them too!! GOD BLESS YOU!!

Madelon C - Aug 21, 2008

A young mother needs prayers to find a diagnosis of her paralyzing disorder and to renew her to her health. I ask this through the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Saint Faustina, Amen

Elizabeth - Aug 18, 2008

The day after I did a novena to St. Therese the little flower, I received a card saying that someone had entered me into the Assumption Triduum Masses, where a "rose" and votive candle was requested on my behalf. Thank you to whomever (ministry staff) was so kind to do this for me. And I thank St. Therese for the rose!

Then on Friday the Assumption of Mary, I found a holy card in the back of our Perpetual Adoration room of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, who was preaching about the Assumption of Mary before it was doctrine, was the priest at Assumption of Mary in New Orleans and he died and was buried there at Assumption of Mary parish. I found all this out about Fr. Seelos the day after the Assumption. Our loving Mother Mary is always interceeding for us! Praise to her Son Jesus for His tender mercy.

Sue - Aug 17, 2008

I recently requested that you pray for Harriet who was undergoing health problems and was in the hospital. I wanted to write you back to let you know that she returned to her home on the Feast of the Assumption after spending 10 days in the intensive care unit. She underwent surgery the second day she was there and has amazed everyone with her recovery. She is ninety years old and recovered better than some who are in their forties. Thank you for your ministry and prayers.

Theresa - Aug 16, 2008

To say YOU - The Divine Mercy Prayer Line who are a moment by moment, life giving miracle and respite is to say in the least or most a gross understatment. I have the phone number taped above my bed above my telephone. I can not tell you how many times I have called for much needed prayer and solace for others and or myself and most certainly received it.

You have been such a BLESSING! In 1999 when my whole life changed and I needed someone to talk to and pray for and with me. It was you who was there for me and it was YOU-The Prayer Line that was suppose to be. Through you God has mercifully answered so many prayers. You just don't know what a comfort You All are. Just knowing that you exist. You are a Blessed Close Family Member of my family.


Roberto C - Aug 12, 2008

This summer I had many worldly temporal needs. Everyone of them have resolved in God's time. I even got a great car, my disbetes is under control
Praise the Lord and thanks for the brothers and sisters in this prayer line