68 Responses to Prayer Request

  1. JenBrown March 8, 2007 at 8:01 am #

    Dear Melanie,
    While we’ve never met, it has been so exciting for me to watch Dom meet, fall in love, get married and start a family with you.  I really was hoping you guys couda moved here for the editorial job that was open, so that I could meet you finally!!

    So all that to say that through this odd community of online discussions you are as real to me as if I’d met you. My heart goes out toboth of you and know that you will be in my prayers.

    I’m going to Rome, which seems to have many saints for some reason…;-) .  Prayers will be said at each place.


  2. KatieButler March 8, 2007 at 8:04 am #

    Melanie, I’m a regular reader of Dom’s blog and come here occasionally.  Please know that you will all be in my prayers through whatever is to come.

  3. Cherie B March 8, 2007 at 8:04 am #

    Prayers are being said that everything will turn out all right. I will also pray that you and your family have divine peace while waiting for the results. God bless you!

  4. Jennifer G. Miller March 8, 2007 at 8:59 am #

    Melanie, There are no words except that I am praying. We are praying for you at 4RealLearning Boards, also. The wait until Monday is agonizing. I have a retreat this weekend that I will offer up for your intentions.

  5. Suzanne Temple March 8, 2007 at 9:16 am #

    Melanie, I am so sorry to hear this. Myself and my family will include you in our rosary intentions.

  6. Maria Ashwell March 8, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    I will keep vigil for you this weekend in prayer. My heart goes out to your beautiful family.

  7. onionboy March 8, 2007 at 9:33 am #

    I add my voice…


  8. Thia March 8, 2007 at 9:35 am #

    Passing through from another blog.  I add my prayers.  Though probably of little comfort, know that you have blessed me today.

  9. Karen E. March 8, 2007 at 9:52 am #

    Oh, Melanie, so many prayers are coming your way from our house ….

  10. Peggy March 8, 2007 at 10:00 am #


    You are and will continue to be in my prayers.

    Keep a positive mental attitude, prepare for a fight and take good care of yourself.  I have a premonition that you’re going to come through this with flying colors.  God bless you and your family.

  11. Matilda March 8, 2007 at 10:13 am #

    I remember you from UD. I have popped in here a few times in the past year or two. I think I first recognized you when I saw the wedding pictures your husband posted. I wanted to tell you now that I will keep you in my prayers for as long as you need it!

  12. Cay March 8, 2007 at 10:23 am #

    Oh, my dear! You and Dom have my most heartfelt prayers.

  13. Patricia Gonzalez March 8, 2007 at 10:24 am #

    Dear Melanie, I’ve never met you either, but as a fellow mom my heart goes out to you and your family at this sad news.  Prayers definitely going up for all of you.  “Be strong, let your heart take courage, hope in the Lord”.  And may He enfold you in His arms and comfort you.  God bless you.

  14. Donna Marie March 8, 2007 at 10:58 am #


    My family and I will keep you in our rosaries and heartfelt prayers.  We will pray for Blessed Mother Teresa’s intercession!

    God love you!

  15. gsk March 8, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    Prayers continue—for strength and docility to God’s plan, which is to be preferred to all things. But also hoping that His plan is filled with life and goodness.

  16. Maria March 8, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Our family will keep you in prayer…

  17. betsya March 8, 2007 at 11:13 am #


    I am so sorry. We will keep you in our prayers, that God will hold and protect you, and that perhaps this will not be your cross to bear. We will ask for the intercession of Mother Teresa, St Joseph, and Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński. You have been in my thoughts every day, and I’m so happy you have Dom and Bella to help you through this difficult time.

  18. sarah l. March 8, 2007 at 11:14 am #

    May God give you the grace to face whatever it is that lies ahead for you.  You are loved. 

  19. Debbie March 8, 2007 at 11:35 am #

    Oh, honey, I’m so sorry.

    Prayers, of course. +

  20. Kristen Laurence March 8, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    Our prayers are with you, Melanie.

  21. Anne McD March 8, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    I’m praying for you, too, Melanie.  I don’t know you, but I have two siblings who battled cancer and are now very healthy.  I will remember you and your family in my prayers today.

  22. Carrie March 8, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    God never does explain Himself, does He?  He passes out these gifts and expects us to deal with them.  I can sympathize with your grief because I have just been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer—the agressive kind that is cured at most 50% of the time. 

    But God is good, and He has a plan for your life and for mine.  We simply must trust Him to bring goodness out of our circumstances.  He has never failed to do that for me in past crises, and He will do it this time as well.  He will do the same for you and Dom.

    When the going gets rough, pray for the grace of courage.  That has been such an invaluable prayer for me over the last couple of weeks as I went through the biopsy and got the final diagnosis yesterday. 

  23. mrsdarwin March 8, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh, I’m speechless.  Our prayers are with you.

  24. bearing March 8, 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    Melanie, I’m speechless and in tears.  I will pray that this cup passes from you and that you will be strong.  I will ask the intercession of St Gianna Beretta Molla for all of you. 

  25. bearing March 8, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    and for you too Carrie.  (just saw your post)  I entrust you to the enclosed garden of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  26. marymargaret March 8, 2007 at 1:07 am #

    Dearest Melanie,
    I don’t know you personally,  but I am so very, very sorry for this. I have nothing else to say that I can think of that could comfort you. May God bless you, Dom, and Isabella. Please be assured of my prayers for all of you.

  27. Karen March 8, 2007 at 1:09 am #

    Blessed Mother,
    Wrap your comforting mantle gently on your Holy Family. Keep them safely in your loving care. Intercede for their future family needs.
    In the Holy name of Jesus.

  28. Julie D. March 8, 2007 at 1:32 am #

    Melanie, I am completely shocked and so very, very sorry. I am praying for you and Dom.

  29. Rick Lugari March 8, 2007 at 3:37 am #

    So sorry, Melanie.  I’ll pray for you and your family.

  30. "Father Barry" March 8, 2007 at 3:38 am #


    Words truly fail me.  Luckily, that’s why we have prayers.  May God strengthen and bless you and Dom.

  31. Jennifer F. March 8, 2007 at 3:53 am #

    Melanie, this is shocking. I can’t tell you how sorry I am to read this. You and Dom are definitely in my prayers.

  32. Esther March 8, 2007 at 4:55 am #

    Melanie, like I posted on your DH’s blog.  Your family’s intentions will be in my daily prayers.
    God bless,

  33. Debbe March 8, 2007 at 5:18 am #

    Lift you up in prayer, Melanie.

  34. Daisy March 8, 2007 at 5:30 am #

    Wow.  I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this.  I hope I don’t sound cruel when I tell you what you have gone through is some of the stuff of my nightmares.  We will certainly be praying for all of you in this time. 

  35. Kevin March 8, 2007 at 5:41 am #

    You are in our prayers.  Prayers also for Dom and your family.

    Keep posting about your progress. 

  36. Melody March 8, 2007 at 6:06 am #

    I’m so very sorry.  My prayers are with you.  My husband and I each attend a Thursday evening prayer group.  All of us there will remember you tonight.

  37. veronica March 8, 2007 at 6:43 am #

    I am praying for you.

  38. Nora Cannon March 8, 2007 at 7:20 am #

    I am so sorry; we will pray for you and your family.

  39. Renee A. March 8, 2007 at 7:39 am #


    I usually post on your husband’s blog. I was following your pregnancy on Et-tu Jen’s. I didn’t comment when you lost your baby, because I’m horrible with words when it comes to grief. But I want to let you know your family are in my prayers. Renee

  40. Lynne March 8, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    God knows you are strong enough to handle this…my prayers will be offered up for you…

  41. Dale Price March 8, 2007 at 7:56 am #

    Prayers continue.

  42. Amy March 8, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Melanie, you are in my prayers.  I know you must be overwhelmed right now, I will remember you when I make a holy hour later this evening.

  43. Deacon John M. Bresnahan March 8, 2007 at 8:55 am #

    I will remember and pray for you and your husband when I assist at Mass. May God protect all of you.

  44. Dismas March 9, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    Please know of my prayers for the both of you at this time.

  45. MCNS March 8, 2007 at 9:13 am #

    I’m sorry to hear your news. Wishing the best to you and your family.

  46. stephanie March 9, 2007 at 9:16 am #

    more prayers for you and your family…

  47. Elena March 8, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    I am praying for your complete and total good health!

  48. Susan Gandt March 9, 2007 at 9:38 am #

    De-lurking to say …

    I am so sorry – you are in my prayers.

  49. Shawn Pauc March 8, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Hello, Melanie. This is “one of those weird Carmelites” and one very familiar with suffering for sure. My heart is with you and your family and I am on the job praying for you all in a 54-day rosary novena. May God console you, increase the strength of your soul, preserve your life and grant you, if it is his sweet and merciful will, more little ones to praise him and bring you joy. No matter what may he continue to grant you the grace to conform your heart to his so that you may run lightly in his paths. With love, S.

  50. Tia Kay March 8, 2007 at 10:10 am #

    Melanie and Dom:  This is TiaKay from the CAPP Moms blog…

    I’ve been offline for sometime, and hadn’t heard the news of your pregnancy, nor of the loss, and I just saw this last bit.

    Having lost three, my heart goes out to you in the sorrow and loss you must feel.  It’s a LOUSY club of which to be a member.

    And now you have to wait until Monday.  I’m storming heaven for a good report, and for the grace and strength to bear whatever may be.

    When we lost our last baby, I could tangibly feel the strength of all the prayers we were receiving, both from folks IRL, and from online pals.

    Be assured of our prayers.

    God bless, TiaKay and the whole Kay gang…. <<<hugs>>>

  51. Rebecca March 8, 2007 at 10:56 am #

    I will offer many prayers for you, Melanie. 

  52. Matt C. Abbott March 9, 2007 at 11:13 am #


  53. Rachel March 9, 2007 at 11:41 am #

    I am offering my suffering this month for you, may Christ give you peace of mind and consolation, and may you be spared this great cross.

  54. Jen March 9, 2007 at 11:56 am #

    Melanie – I’ve been in prayer for you since hearing about this, and have added you to my ‘pre-Mass’ prayers before daily Mass. I may shoot you an email later, when I can actually compose an email without getting all blurry from tears.

  55. Karen Hall March 9, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    Nothing that happens lately makes much sense to me, but I said another prayer for you and I will continue.  I’m sure God kows what He’s doing, but sometimes we hage to just give him the benefit of the doubt.

    …So we’re sending many prayrs and goo wishes!

    Karen, Chris and kids

  56. Chris March 9, 2007 at 12:34 pm #


    I am offering prayers for you and as well I will remember you in my intentions when I pray the Rosary and when I offer up my intentions at Mass today.

    Remember what St. Paul tells us “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

    God will give you the strength you need. May He bless you abundantly with all the graces you (and Dom) need.

  57. Shelly March 9, 2007 at 1:56 am #

    I know at this time you are swirling in a tidalwave of uncertainty.  Know that God has a wonderful plan for your life.  When we could no longer have chidren we found that God had formed our family before we knew they existed.  Through foster care adoption we found 3 princes. They are our God given family known only to Him until he revealed His plan to us.  God is holding you.  He made the time you’re living in.  The answers for your future are already formed to be revealed in His time. 

    Prayers are with you for this part of your journey and for the next.


  58. Meg Q March 9, 2007 at 4:52 am #

    Praying for you now, will be praying for you when I go to adoration in a few hours.

    Much love.

  59. Judy M. March 9, 2007 at 4:53 am #

    I came to this post via Julie at Happy Catholic.  I’m so sorry to read about what you and your family are going through.  Please know that I join all the others here in praying for your health, strength and peace.

    May all our prayers lighten the load of this cross.  May you feel the Presence of Jesus and His Mother Mary with you at all times. 
    God bless you!

    Judy M.

  60. Joanne Meegan March 9, 2007 at 6:00 am #


    Praying for your strength and Dom’s as you bear this cross.

    Take care –

  61. LvB March 9, 2007 at 6:24 am #

    Dear Melanie,
    I don’t know you, but I would recommend Our Lady of Lourdes especially.  Get Loudes water and drink it and pray.  It is truly miraculous.  We went to Lourdes in 1981 and brought some back in palstic bottles.  It sat on a shelf next to the stove, a warm and damp environment.  Next to it we had jars of holy water (Three Kings water from Epiphany) which were two or three years old when we moved and packed in 2001.  There was algae growing in the bottom of the holy water. The 22-year old Lourdes water had none and it was sitting in same damp environment!

    Also look into alternative treatments.  Get a second opinion etc.
    My brother had had a brain tumor treated with the usual surgery, radiation, chemo.  It stopped growing sufficiently.  Then it spread to his colon.  Again he had the surgery and chemo and then stopped because it was expensive and he was given a year to live.  I had some essiac tea which is an old American Indian recipe(one of the alternatives mentioned in Dr. Whittaker’s special report)  I brewed it and sent it to him and he got better.  The doctors are all mystified.  It is cheaper to put the ingredients which are certain herbs together yourself.
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  62. Lenor March 8, 2007 at 7:52 am #

    God is with you, walking beside you, as is your little one. And you are surrounded by all of our prayers.

  63. ~m2~ March 9, 2007 at 11:01 am #

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you are experiencing this and that I pray that whatever miracle you are praying for comes to pass.  This is a very difficult thing and I don’t want to add my personal story to what you are feeling; I am simply praying for you and your family.

    God’s blessings and peace.

  64. David B. March 10, 2007 at 6:44 am #

    I will keep you, Dom, and Bella in my prayers.  May He give you the strength to carry whatever cross he asks you to take up.

  65. Faustina March 9, 2007 at 7:12 am #

    Hi Melanie, you and your family will be in my prayers this weekend, and I will certainly check back on Monday so that I can praise God right along with you, regardless of the results.  I thought that you might appreciate this article about another ‘let this cup pass’ moment.

    I Will if I Have To, but Please Don’t Ask Me.
    (My Gethsemane)

    by Catherine Fournier


    With many prayers,

  66. Kathryn Scott March 14, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    Melanie.  It has been a while since I have seen you and when I got the posting from your dad on our myfamily.com website I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers.  I wish you the best and know that all is going to be ok!  Take care and hopefully we can see you at the next family reunion!

  67. Melanie Bettinelli March 17, 2007 at 7:28 am #

    The next tests (hysteroscopy and d&c) are scheduled for April 13 at 7:30 am.

    It seems like a very long time to wait, but the doctor sounds pretty confident that he won’t find anything. The original diagnosis was simply so unlikely. He said it just didn’t make sense.

    It’ll be just a day surgery and he said they won’t even use general anesthesia so recovery shouldn’t be too bad. 

    Thanks again for all the prayers. I continue to be overwhelmed by the blessings of so many prayers which make visible in my life the presence of the Body of Christ.

    God bless all of you.

  68. Tara March 20, 2007 at 8:02 am #

    Hello Melanie….
      I tried writing you sooner but I am not sure if it went through or not.  But you are in my prayers.  I was so sad to hear your news. Y’all are so precious and I thank God for the gift of your family.  With out Dom’s blogs I would not have a clue of what is going on in our church. Take care…see you in the summer at P2BC…

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