...there am I in the midst of them."
Many times I need prayers for myself, my family, my animals or others in trouble and have no one close to me to ask to pray for our needs. I'm sure many people might be in the same situation for one reason or another. Ordinarily I will ask Our Lady and my favourite saints, Saint Martin de Porres and St Anthony (along with St Joseph and St Jude), to please pray for my animals, my family or myself. I have found something else, however, that I believe is quite a blessing, and that is the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.
"The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association (of the Catholic Church), the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of each week. They form a union of countless hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them." [Source]
The Rosary to me is one of my most solid comforts. Our Lady never abandons me, judges me, criticises me or withholds her love. Even my animals sense her love and kindness. Many times when praying the Rosary, I will touch each of my pets with part of the Rosary beads I am using, and they wait for it much like a benediction. It is the sweetest thing.
By enrolling in the Confraternity, which takes just a minute, you join together with thousands of people the world over, and your prayers all support one another's needs.
If you think you might like to do this, please begin here on the Rosary Center's page
to read and follow the simple instructions. It couldn't be easier.
This little anecdote is from the blog Infallible Catholic
Padre Pio used to tell a story: "One day Our Lord, making the rounds of Paradise, saw some strange faces. He asked Peter: 'Who let these people in?'
Peter: 'There is nothing I can do.'
The Lord: 'But you have the key.'
Peter: 'There is nothing I can do, and you can't do anything either.'
The Lord: 'What do you mean?'
'It's your mother. She has another key. She lets them in.'"--Image from: The Graces of the Rosary