July 21, 2018

Prayer for Our Friend


Dear Internet Monk friends,

I received the following update from Jeff Dunn the other day. With his permission I share it with you in order to encourage our prayers together.

Well, about a month ago I woke up with congestion in my chest. By that afternoon I had a fever of between 101 and 103. I had that fever for the next four days. I finally had Kathy take me to ER on the third morning, where they diagnosed me as having pneumonia in my left lung. In doing the diagnosis, I had a CT scan of my chest that showed some suspicious-looking nodules in that lung. The doctor used the “C” word to say what they might be.

Meanwhile, I wasn’t recovering from the pneumonia. Two more chest x rays showed that I had a partially-collapsed lung. I am doing breathing treatments now to expand that lung, and they seem to be working. I need to wait another three weeks before I can have another CT scan to see what those nodules are. Prayers are appreciated.

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We pray to the Lord . . .

6244998480_c117266875_zJesus, Good Shepherd, you tend your flock unceasingly and know our every need.

May your crook and your staff always protect us and guide us through the troubles of this life.

Good Jesus, remember us in your infinite mercy, set us among the blessed of your Father, and save us in the time of trial, O Savior of the world, living and reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.



  1. May God’s loving grace and comfort be with Jeff and his family during this very hard time.

  2. Amen. Be well, Jeff, we miss you.

  3. No, no, no, no, no, no!
    Heavenly Father please, please, please restore Jeff to health. Please grant him and his family peace that surpasses all understanding. Please don’t take our friend.

  4. Praying for you, Jeff.

    Get well soon. And then come out West and I will buy you all the In-N-Out Burgers you can eat.

  5. Living God, our Lord Jesus Christ, walk with Jeff Dunn through this time of need, be with him and his family, touch him, and them, with your healing and life-giving hands, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  6. MelissatheRagamuffin says:

    Praying for Jeff!

  7. My Father wrap your hands around Jeff and his loved ones and I ask that you eject those things that are not of you from his life and strengthen all of their faith in your glory. I ask in the name of Jesus. Jesus, Jesus we love you.

  8. Lord, have mercy.

  9. Prayers for Jeff and thoughts of good health being sent to him.

  10. I often wonder what God sees in us and then I come to a place like this here on a computer screen, and as my heart melts I see. God bless all of you

    • Human are quite beautiful.

      “In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. The whole illusion of a separate holy existence is a dream…” From Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, by Thomas Merton

  11. Praying with you.

  12. Jeff, you sure do seem to come up with a lot of extra credit assignments in this school of life. I expect when you graduate it will be Summa Cum Laude. You are greatly missed here. May God bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you, may He grant you great mercy and fill you with His peace. Be blessed, be healed, be made whole and well in the love of Jesus. May it be so. Take care, my friend.

  13. I pray for peace and encouragement in the midst of trouble, healing and restoration in God’s timing.

  14. Dear Jeff,
    When I discovered internet monk, you were the person who best represented the site to me. I became a daily reader because of you, and have been richly blessed by IM. I loved reading things you wrote.
    I miss you dearly, and I pray to our Lord God for His mercy and healing for you.

  15. Christiane says:

    with you in prayer, JEFF . . . may the peace of Christ be with you

  16. Heavenly Father and Gracious Lord Jesus, let Jeff know that in the midst of this storm, You are with him. Bring people to him that are a support and an encouragement. Let him walk through this with joy. All the rest is up to medicine and Your healing touch.

  17. Prayers for Jeff and keeping him in mind. Sad to hear that his health is poor but with the help of God, his doctors will be able to treat him appropriately.

    As we head into October and towards the feast of all the faithful departed, may the Holy Souls intercede for him as they rejoice in their purification to behold the face of God.

  18. Jeff Dunn- I will pray the Lord’s hand on your life.

    May the Lord bless you and keep
    May the Lord make his face shine on you and show you his favor
    May the Lord lift up his face toward you and give you Shalom.

  19. Chaplin Mike….what else can we do for Jeff? Can we send cards, gifts or can people visit? I loved reading Jeff’s posts and it would be awesome if the community responded in love. After all this community is a family, and family loves and helps each other.

    • I’ll try to be sensitive in the days ahead and see what’s appropriate. Thanks, Eagle.

    • This.

      I was just sharing with my church’s men’s group this text from 2 Timothy 1:16-18:

      “May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.”

      And I thought, “How can I be more like Onesiphorus, helping a brother or sister in Christ, searching to find someone in need?”

      Here’s a potential opportunity for us all.

  20. We miss you, Jeff. May God heal you completely and give you joy.

  21. Jeff,
    May you and your family experience both God’s healing and His peace in the name of Jesus.

  22. That Other Jean says:

    Prayers for your swift return to health, Jeff, for wisdom for your doctors, and for strength and peace to your and your family. We have missed your voice, and hope to hear it again soon, feeling better.

  23. he helped me. still remember, still very grateful.

  24. Dear Brother Jeff,
    May you be comforted by this reality: Christ is the real BIG C!
    Praying for your peace. Trish

  25. I have had you on my mind the past few weeks Jeff. Wondering how the depression was. I add my prayers to all the others. We do miss you.

  26. Jeff Dunn says:

    Thanks to all for your kind words and your prayers. Better than any medicine could ever be! I miss you all as well …

  27. Jeff, may the Lord restore your health—body, mind and soul.

  28. Dr. Fundystan, Proctologist says:

    We love you Jeff. May God bless you and keep you; may he make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; may he show you his favor, and grant you peace. Amen.

  29. Jeff, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and with your family as well. May you have a smooth recovery and peace as you wait to learn more.

    As others said, we miss you!

  30. Lord Jesus, you healed all those who came to you in need, when you walked this earth. We lift Jeff before you now and humbly ask for your healing presence to be with him.

  31. Jeff, praying for you and your family, through this season.

  32. flatrocker says:

    In your struggles, remember the Mass.
    Go alot.
    He’s there.

  33. It’s an awesome post in support of all the online visitors; they will get advantage from it I am sure.

  34. prayers for comfort and healing..

  35. Lord, bring forth your kingdom power to sustain and bring healing to Jeff. May him and his family experience your shalom.

  36. We love ya and we are praying for you and your family, thanks for everything you have done for so many over the years and miles. God is good and he cares for you. be well shalom….

  37. Dana Ames says:

    Lord, have mercy on your servant Jeff and his loved ones. Help them especially in the times of waiting.


    PS – I second flatrocker’s advice to go to Mass and receive the Eucharist as often as you can. Hugs.

  38. Jeff,

    Prayers to you from Pittsburgh. May the Lord watch over you and be with you during this scary and vulnerable time.



  39. Jeff, you are in our family prayers.