As many you already know, the founders of our method, Drs. John and Evelyn Billings, have been recognized around the world for their saintly lives. Many have expressed the hope that one day this will be made official by the Catholic Church. As part of the cause for the beatification and canonization, if opened, there needs to be documentation of faithful people specifically seeking the Billingses’ intercession for various intentions and evidence that those prayers have been answered.
There is a specific blog set up for people to record these prayer intentions,
In the middle of December 2019, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, NE, announced that he would be taking a medical absence from his ministry, saying, “I have been medically diagnosed with depression and anxiety, along with chronic insomnia and debilitating tinnitus, which is a constant ringing of the ears.”
Bishop Conley has a special connection with BOMA and Drs. John and Lyn Billings. In the late 1990s, Kay and Sue Ek planned a lecture cruise with the Billingses, who had always wanted to see Alaska. A mutual friend of then Fr. Conley paid for him to join this cruise. He and Fr. McCaffrey shared a stateroom, and they have all become great friends over the years. The Eks even visited Bishop Conley in Rome when he was with the Congregation of Bishops as a monsignor and was helping to select bishops for English-speaking countries. As a priest and bishop, Bishop Conley has always be a faithful supporter of NFP and the Billings Ovulation Method, specifically.
We would like to propose a concerted effort for as many of our members as possible to join us in praying for Bishop Conley’s healing, both body and mind, through the intercession of Drs. John and Evelyn Billings. A novena is traditionally a set of prayers offered for a specific intention said over a series of nine days. On the 10th day, graces are received. For example, the first novena to the Holy Spirit took place with the apostles in the upper room between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. (The nine days of prayer went from the Friday after Ascension Thursday until the following Saturday, with the Descent of the Holy Spirit occurring on Pentecost Sunday.) Of course, we always ask that our prayers be in accordance to God’s Will, bearing in mind that, while our prayers are always heard, they are not always answered in the way we expect.
Feb 6th is the wedding anniversary of Drs. John and Lyn Billings. With that in mind, we would like the novena prayers to start on Jan 28th and end on Feb 5th. Any prayer can be said as long as it specifically asks for Bishop Conley’s healing to be through the intercession of the Billingses.
It is hoped that the healing of Bishop Conley on Feb 6th (if it be God’s Will) will accomplish these two great things:
1) The healing and return of a faithful bishop to shepherding the people of his diocese.
2) The recognition of the sanctity of the Billingses, an important step toward their eventual canonization, which will then bring more worldwide awareness of the Billings Ovulation Method.
If you are willing to join us in this novena, please let us know by clicking here for a link to a sample prayer to use. You will also be given the opportunity to get a daily reminder from Jan 28-Feb 5 so that you don’t forget to say the prayers each day.
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Here is a sample you may use:
Loving Father, may Bishop James Conley be healed through the intercession of your servants, Drs. John and Lyn Billings, so that their sanctity may be recognized. May their prayers obtain his healing so that he can return to work in the service of the Church as one of your faithful shepherds. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Would you like to get a daily reminder from Jan 28 – Feb 5?
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