It is true that sometimes it is God’s will that we suffer illness, for our own sanctification, but our Lord encourages us to come to him in prayer, for what we need, including healing from sickness. “The Prayer to the Holy Infant of Prague – A Prayer for the Sick” can be prayed for the mildest to the to the most severe illness. It can also be prayed as a Novena.
A history of the devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague can be found here.
Prayer to the Holy Infant of Prague – A Prayer for the Sick
O MERCIFUL Infant Jesus! I know of Thy miraculous deeds for the sick. How many diseases Thou hast cured during Thy blessed life on earth, and how many venerators of Thy Miraculous Image ascribe to Thee their recovery and deliverance from most painful and hopeless maladies. I know, indeed, that a sinner like me has merited his sufferings and has no right to ask for favors. But in view of the innumerable graces and the miraculous cures granted even to the greatest sinners through the veneration of Thy holy infancy, particularly in the miraculous statue of Prague or in representations of it, I exclaim with the greatest assurance: O most loving Infant Jesus, full of pity, Thou canst cure me if Thou willest! Do not hesitate, O Heavenly physician, if it be Thy will that I recover from this present illness; extend Thy most holy hands, and by Thy power take away all pain and infirmity, so that my recovery may be due, not to natural remedies, but to Thee alone. If, however, Thou, in Thy inscrutable wisdom have determined otherwise, then at least restore my soul to perfect health, and fill me with heavenly consolation and blessing, that I may be like Thee, O Jesus, in my sufferings, and may glorify Thy providence until, at the death of my body, Thou doth bestow on me eternal life, Amen.
Source: Pieta Prayer Book
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