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Fr. Rookey’s Miracle Prayer

Father Peter Mary Rookey (Fr. Rookey) is a Chicago area Catholic priest. He created International Compassion Ministry (ICM) in 1984. The organization describes itself as being a “a ministry of prayer and compassion.” While the focus of those who go there – or who phone or mail in prayer requests is healing – the group plays down the actual healing. If it happens, it is attributed to the Lord and is considered incidental to the actual prayer.

Rookey’s tenure with the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (OSM), the American Province of which was established in Illinois in the early twentieth century, has been impressive. Ordained in 1941, he has traveled around the world, served in Rome, and now ministers across the globe. True to his calling – and honoring the power and generosity of God – the ICM does not charge dues or fees, ministering to those in need free of charge.

Rookey’s life – in particular his later healing ministry – is a testimony to the power of prayer. That he does not seek to benefit from it, nor enrich his self-identity, is a powerful witness to God’s love. How many healers are charging money? How many effective ministers hire P.R. firms? There is a true generosity of spirit and humility in Rookey and his mission. Even if you disagree with the Catholic church, or doubt the veracity of spiritual modes of healing, you can still respect his authenticity.

Rookey’s simple miracle prayer has probably been prayed tens of thousands of times. The admonition is to pray it daily until you reach a place where you whole-heartedly believe each and every word. When you reach that place, Jesus will come into your heart and you will be healed.

A Course in Miracles teaches us that miracles are changes of mind – an ability to see or perceive rightly. We aren’t cured of cancer (although we might be) but we are able to see the cancer differently. This is about acceptance – a radical acceptance of one’s circumstances. Our investment in the world diminishes as we embrace the abstract spiritual reality of our identity in God.

Is Father Rookey’s miracle prayer compatible with that? It depends. I believe that any prayer spoken in faith can yield results. I don’t think that the miracle of Jesus is restricted to ACIM students or Catholics or Buddhists or what have you. There is a line in the Course that talks about magic – using traditional medicine (or alternative medicine even) to heal. All we really have to do is reorganize our thinking about cause and effect, placing our bodies at the service of our minds.

I think a traditional healing prayer – like Fr. Rookey’s – can easily fall under that umbrella. I often tell friends and students to push past their comfort zone. I try to get myself to do the same.

Reaching out to a prayer associated with healing by bringing one into contact with Jesus is a positive thing. If you feel called to try it, you should. Release your expectations of what constitutes a successful prayer. Be open to Jesus, open to healing. Ultimately, it is our contact – our reunion – with God that heals. The activities in the world that get us there are only details.

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  • Clara June 11, 2012, 2:08 pm

    I would like to know how I can receive a number of Fr. Rookey’s Miracle Prayer cards for our Adoration Chapel. It’s such a powerful prayer, no extra words, it gets down to really praying or talking to Jesus. I like to hold a crucifix (as it says), and look at the Crucifix like I’m talking to Jesus. I know he hears me and knows me – I really feel his power when I do that.

    I hope you can help me to receive some more prayer cards. Thanks.

    • Sean June 11, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Hi Clara,

      Thank you for reading. I agree with you – the Fr. Rookey prayer is simple and effective and a very powerful way to relate with Jesus. I appreciate it for those reasons, too.

      The best way to get prayer cards for your adoration chapel is through the ICM estore – you can find it here. There are a lot of helpful links there to deepen your appreciate of Fr. Rookey’s ministry and those who are associated with it.

      Thank you again for reading. I wish you all the best!

      ~sean

  • luz January 28, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Iwould like to talk with Fr. Rookey if possible please
    Thank you very much,

  • patricia haire March 13, 2013, 6:28 am

    please pray for my mother maureen mcmenamin that God will heal her from her cancer. many many thanks patricia haire

  • marina June 21, 2014, 6:01 pm

    This prayer is so powerful & I say it everyday & a miracle has happened to me. Thank you for this prayer & have so much trust in it.

  • Lynette Parks August 10, 2014, 1:17 am

    Thank you Father Rookey for your prayers and Mass.
    I attended a healing service with my mum and girl friend in 1997 at Westmead and said the rosary while people were being healed.
    My darling mum was staying with me at the time because we were being harassed in our own home.
    My mother was forced back to our home and I wasn’t allowed to live with her and then the authorities took over put her in a really bad respite care place by force and lies
    Eventually the place was closed down and a new Nursing home complex was built.
    The retirement home we had built they rescinded her contract unlawfully and sold our home unlawfully without our permission
    I ask for healing of finances and grace to forgive
    It’s been a long time and the pain still lives on.
    My darling mum passed away and a requiem mass was said in her honour.
    As well as healing of finances and memories I ask healing for my neighbour who is in Brazil and I have lost touch and I do not know where she is. Please I am praying that she will be safe and allowed to return to Australia.
    I am praying the miracle prayer and will continue to pray

  • Marina August 22, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Fr Rookey’s prayers is so powerful & great & I recite it everyday no matter how I feel. I am so blessed to know this prayer & it has helped me in so many & I have great faith in this prayer.

  • mario pizzo September 3, 2014, 2:40 pm

    please prayer financial help with food , please heal my wife from diabets.heal me from same six attaction.

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