In times of sickness many people find that they cannot pray. They desperately want to, but they are so tired, worried, or fearful that prayer just wont work for them. Do You Want To Be Well Again? is written to make prayer possible at these times. It is in a simple form, a story of healing, demonstrating Jesus' care for the sick; a reflection on how we can find this story in our own story of life; a prayer; a psalm from the Scriptures. If the sick person cannot read this for her or himself, then someone else can read it to bring Christ into this very special moment. Whether we are ill ourselves or close to somebody who is suffering Do You Want To Be Well Again? offers spiritual sustenance in our time of need.
Johnny Doherty CSsR is a Marriage Enrichment Specialist with ACCORD, Director of Love is for Life, founder of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life and an international retreat giver for priests and religious. He is the author of Living the Sunday Liturgy and collaborated on Together Forever, a set of videos on marriage.
When suffering illness great or small most of our other concerns fade into the distance for a time. The pain or sickness can cause a person to close in on themselves and disregard most of whats happening in the outside world. Sickness with its accompaniment of medication and physical distress also makes it very difficult to pray and this can become an additional worry to the sick person of faith. In Do You Want to be Well Again? Thoughts and Prayers at Times of Sickness Johnny Doherty CSsR brings to such a situation a wealth of personal experience and a gift for simply and briefly expressed prayers and reflections. His slim volume of less than a hundred pages contains twenty-six gentle reflections on vivid gospel passages and psalms that each conclude with a short prayer. Each brief reflection is designed to address a particular illness or need from the suicidal to the Alzheimer sufferer, from a sick child to coping with growing old. For use of the sick person or their family or carer this simple format should bring a great measure of comfort and inspiration during the dark or difficult moments of ill health or disease.
- Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, Intercom
Johnny Doherty s Do You Want to be Well Again? is a book of thoughts and prayers for times of sickness. Sickness of one form or another may indeed be an everyday part of our own lives, sickness is always around us. In times such as these, many people find it difficult to pray. Sickness often stops us in our tracks and often presents questions for us that we may not otherwise have asked. Doherty knows the difficulty people may have with prayer when sickness becomes prevalent in their lives, and acknowledges that they desperately want to pray, but are so tired, worried, fed-up, or fearful that words and especially prayer just will not work for them. Do You Want to be Well Again? has been written to make prayer possible at these times. It is in a simple form a story of healing, demonstrating Jesus care for the sick; a reflection on how we can find this story in our own story of life; a prayer; and a psalm from scriptures. Again, this book is user friendly; language is simple yet profound with a message showing us the presence of Jesus Christ and the love that God has for us, even at times when we may not be able to recognise this. An individual or hospital chaplain could find this book a rich resource, but even in a more personal manner, this book could be very helpful to those who are caring for a loved one at home who is elderly, housebound or seriously ill.
- The Furrow, November 2005
Ill health, and the pain associated with it, often prevents many patients from praying as they might once have. This book aims to make prayer come alive again at such a difficult time. Again taking the form of a reading, a reflection and a psalm, it hopes to offer spiritual sustenance in a time of need.
- The Irish Catholic, February 2005