Please Pray for Andy

Please pray for Fr. JJ’s black lab, Andy.  He has gotten bad news from the vet and may be undergoing surgery tomorrow morning.  Please also pray for Fr. JJ.  He will need lots of love, support and comfort in this time of worry and uncertainty.

This is the message we received tonight:

This seems rather cold, but I need to get the information out to everyone quickly so I’m going for it.
Fr. J.J. returned from his brother’s (the vet) this evening with sad news. Andy is filled with cancerous tumors. There is one on the spleen that weighs 7.5 pounds and another in the prostate the size of a grapefruit. Father has to make some decisions tonight but is leaning toward the recommendation of his brother and a veterinary oncologist for Andy to have surgery in the morning to remove the spleen. There is a chance that Andy will not make it through the surgery but there is a good chance he will. Once the spleen is removed biopsies can be done and a course of treatment determined. Best case scenario is that Andy could live comfortably for another year; worse case is he only has hours left.

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We love you, puppy! Be brave! We are praying for you!

Think of Yourself As a Healer, Not As a Victim

[–from my “Uplifting Thoughts for Every Day” book]

Scripture: 2 Cor 1:3-4 — The God of all consolation…consoles us in all our afflictions and thereby enables us to console others in their tribulations.

Reflection: Self-pity is the cancer of the soul. You are called to be a healer, not a complainer. Be like Jesus. Think of others. This is the month of our Savior’s birth. Start pondering your mission in life. Call upon the Lord to make you a healer. Begin by canceling any thoughts you have about being a victim. Snap out of it.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, brace me up when I drift into self-pity.

Ouch! That’s a little harsh! But, I suppose that we can all use a little bit of harsh now and again. And it is true — self-pity is not going to help anything, but prayer is always efficacious.