Wednesday, May 28, 2003

prayer requests update

first, on the Dad front: to review, the same day I got put in hospital, he went to see about _his_ chronic open wound. It was discovered that his leg arteries were too clogged for angioplasty and would need bypassed, but he'd need to pass a cardiac stress test first (He's almost 70 and diabetic...). Well, he had the cardiac stress test a couple of weeks ago, and flunked it gloriously. "What do you mean, you don't have a cardiologist; according to these results, you've already had a half-dozen heart attacks!" "I haven't even had one heart attack ever...." Off to see a cardiologist, lots more tests, the results are in: every single artery in his heart is clogged. On Wednesday next week (6/4) he'll be in hospital where they will attempt angioplasty and clean them all out, if they can. If they can't, he'll have to have major open-chest surgery for multiple bypasses. So keep on praying.

And a new one: Near to me, in Waukesha WI, there is the motherhouse of a contemplative community known as the Order of Julian of Norwich. According to their newsletter that arrived yesterday, their guardian, Sr. Scholastica Marie, has stepped down because she has terminal cancer. She has requested that only palliative care be given her. Pray for her for the grace of a happy death, for her community, and for their newly elected guardian, Fr. Gregory. And, if you are a member of the Anglican Communion and think you might be called to the contemplative religious life, you may want to check out the OJN's.

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