This has been a rough week.
My daughter, who has cancer, is scheduled to have another
stem cell transplant.
Since we are talking about this,
I would like to ask you for prayers for her.
Prior to the Transplant, she has to have many tests,
including a bone marrow biopsy,
which is very painful.
Obviously, my mind has been elsewhere.
Yesterday, was a bad day.
With illnesses, such as cancer,
this roller coaster ride presents many difficulties.
Prayer is often difficult.
Faith is often weak.
Fear of loss is rampant.
Getting out of bed can be a challenge.
Yet, God in His loving kindness sends us consolations, but sometimes we have to realize these are gifts.
The days have been wonderful, not too hot and not too cold.
Friends have been calling with words of support.
You know, those beautiful things that God sends our way.
a lousy day,
God did one better.
While my daughter was undergoing tests,
I heard the announcement that
"Catholic Mass will be said at 12:30 in the meditation room on the 7th floor of the hospital."
It was 12:15.
The tests my daughter were taking would last over an hour.
I was in the hospital, and not at the clinic in another building where I might not have heard the announcement.
I rushed upstairs.
Mass would start soon.
I was able to receive the Eucharist in the gift of the Mass.
God knew when to have that announcement made.
The small chapel was full.
Jesus walked among us.
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
Matthew 9: 35-36