An Open Letter From A Dying Priest:
Sends Message Concerning His Condition. . .
From Fr. Ed --
Here's an update on my health status.
A week ago Friday I met with my oncologist, Judy and some family members and prayerfully discerned to stop treatment. It wasn't very hard to make based on the options that I have. Anything aggressive is a long shot and some of it involves surgery with a high risk of infection with my weak body. Praying about the decision came through loud and clear to stop treatment.
I am at peace with that.
All I can say is that for the past three and a half weeks my energy, appetite, general overall feeling has been constant--no regression and no progress. I would guess that without a miracle we’re talking about months rather than weeks. I began hospice care this week and that comes with some good benefits of paying for all of my prescriptions and reimburses me for ointments that help with the itching. I also get a massage each week.
I'm saying that on the scale of balance of going home soon or remaining here to continue ministry for a while, all of the facts tip the scale on the side of going home sooner rather than later. On the other side is the power of prayer which cannot be measured. I continue to ask Luminosa Bavosi to intercede for me and I feel her presence a lot.
As I say, I am at peace. Each day I have my bags packed for going home (heaven) and my brief case packed for doing the ministry of the day. I can’t think of anything more to put in the bag to go home. My brief case has about two appointments a day and a big reminder that . . .
EMBRACING JESUS FORSAKEN
IS THE GREATEST MINISTRY THAT I CAN DO.
Thanks for your unity and prayers, and love. I lean on them a lot.
P.S. Thanks for your prayers of intercession with Our Lady of Guadalupe and the praying of the Psalms.
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- Will you email this to your fellow prayer warriors?
- Share a comment, I will pass it on.
Thank you and my God bless you all!
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