Prayer Was the Glue

I came across an article written by James Foley, the journalist who was brutally executed by ISIS terrorists this past week.  The article is from Marquette Magazine, and James describes how faith and prayer sustained him during an earlier imprisonment in Libya.  He writes that he hoped his mother knew he was ok:

I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. 
I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.

Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.”

It is an amazing story of faith in times of difficulty.  I pray that this faith helped to sustain James during his most recent imprisonment that tragically ended with his killing.

I encourage you to read the entire article here.

May the God of all consolation be with his parents and loved ones at this time.

One Response to “Prayer Was the Glue”

  1. Dorothy Lowry says:

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,

    Perhaps you might not realize that your brief blogs have such a positive effect. I wanted to make sure you knew that this message has blessed me today. What a comfort to know that Mr. Foley had faith to sustain him, and what a great example. In the very worst of circumstances we have tools to bring us before the throne of God for comfort, peace, and strength. The 45 seconds it took me to read your post has brightened my day. Thank you so much!

    Yours in Christ Jesus,
    Dorothy Lowry