Spiritually Adopt a Dying Person.

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It is a beautiful gift to desire to spiritually adopt someone who is dying. Recall St. Therese’s Little Way; a desire to serve God in small things done with great love. Her “Little Way” is a gift because it comes from God.

In the Respect Life ministries, people pray to spiritually adopt an unborn child. I have been thinking about this for several days and recently talked with a friend about how beautiful a gift it is to spiritually adopt a dying person…born or unborn. Today, many people are dying in isolation, separated from loved ones…

Yesterday, I came across an article about an Irish Priest, Father Philip Kemmy, from St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Donegal. This priest, along with others, are calling for people to spiritually adopt those dying alone, all over the world…

The article I read online was published in the Irish Central News on March 27, 2020). This article, prompted me to write this post today. You can find the article on the web…it’s extremely moving.

I am sure there are many of you who will have ideas about what steps, prayers, or other little ways to spiritually adopt the dying? Please feel free to share any suggestions. Since I’m a visual person it’s helpful to me to meditate on a picture of the Divine Mercy.

Here is a little way to pray for someone who is dying.

As we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we can begin by meditating on someone who is dying. It may be a loved one in the hospital, that you cannot reach, or if you have the desire in your heart, to pray for someone you do not know.

We can spiritually adopt a dying person by using the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which is recited on a rosary. Perhaps, at the beginning of the prayer we can say a small petition such as this one, which is just “my personal meditation.”

Dear Father,

I ask that my prayers for your Divine Mercy be offered up for someone who is dying alone at this moment (meditate on a picture of the Divine mercy). May your Divine Love protect them and bring them peace. I pray for the families and loved ones who are unable to be at the side of their loved one. May you comfort this dying person in your merciful love and grant them eternal rest.


Sign of the Cross

Divine Mercy Prayer

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Eternal Father,
I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity,
of Your Dearly Beloved Son,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins
and those of the whole world.


For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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