A Rosary for Alzheimer's Patients: Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first three paragraphs of "A Rosary for Alzheimer's Patients"Agony in GardenFor the length of time it takes to pray 10 Hail Marys, I meditate on the Agony in the Garden. I picture Jesus, troubled and afraid, asking his closest friends to wait with him, and begging his father to "take this cup" away. Then I hear him, I see him saying, "Not my will but yours."Summary Prayer:Father, please let this sickness pass away from me. I can feel myself so much less "together" these days, fading away, and it makes me distressed and sorrowful. I know some of my old friends who want to help, who say they want to be with me, but they are uncomfortable around me now and don't know what to say to me. Neither do I.I beg you to take this away, to stop this erosion of my mind. But Father, this is not about what I want, but what you want. Let me find freedom in my inabilities and let me rely on you more in everything I do. Please help me to feel how much you love me.