Fr. Steve’s updates

In this Lenten season, we continually hear the call to overcome temptation. Difficulties and setbacks can weigh us down and push us toward giving up hope and sinking low. But, blessing and good news are just a prayer away when we trust and ask for help when life starts to feel burdensome.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

After radiology, my technician spoke of some of the pitfalls of this treatment. You’re away from home and out of your normal routine. You don’t have your usual support system and familiar environment. At times, you get fatigued from the medicine and feel very bored.

My technician told me it’s important to acknowledge all that and ask for help when it starts to weigh you down.

In this Lenten season, we continually hear the call to overcome temptation. Difficulties and setbacks can weigh us down and push us toward giving up hope and sinking low. But, blessing and good news are just a prayer away when we trust and ask for help when life starts to feel burdensome.

Tonight, the Lodge held a pot luck, and I cooked up some chicken and vegetable soup that went over OK. The dinner provided a good excuse for everyone to come to the dining area at the same time to offer some support and get to know one another. Folks come from such a variety of backgrounds and from all over.

I’m a people person and enjoyed hearing so many different stories from all walks of life.

After supper, a group of young girls from a local Brownie troop stopped by to offer us Girl Scout Cookies and spend some time cheering everyone up.

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11 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Fr. Steve,
    Hang in there. This season will end soon enough. Try and rest. Don’t be to bored or lonesome. I wish this was easier for you. Be assured of our continued prayerful support. God bless, Joe and Sandy

  2. Sure have missed you..! But it sounds like you are having some “good stuff” as well as bad..! Dinner sounded yummy..When we come to visit you at home, can we expect some of that..? It would be worth a trip from Omaha up to South Dakota for that REALLY good food. Might stay a week, though..! Ha ha.
    Being a people person sure helps, doesn’t it..?
    You mean a LOT to us..so keep punchin’..
    While you punch, wse will pray..! Deal..? Deal !
    Love and Hugs..
    Mia and Bob

  3. Father Steve, You are in my prayers many times during the day and before sleep at night. I am praying that The Lord will touch you with His healing hands and the cancer will be gone. God Bless YOU and Love YOU as WE ALL do. NITA MARIE

  4. God’s blessings and powerful hand of healing on you Fr. Steve! We come to see you and your extended family every year in September for the Pow-Wow and tours.
    My, how you are loved!
    Support and Prayers,
    Leanne Giessinger and family

  5. Hi Fr. Steve, You just hang in there . I’m happy to hear that you have people who can help when you feel bad. God Bless & help you get better real soon. We are praying for your speedy recovery. Angie & Kenny

  6. It’s March Madness and the Tennessee Volunteers have won! Next, Michigan State or Northern Iowa. Lady Volunteers play Baylor tomorrow. Baylor is a big challenge with 6’8″ Brittany Griner. Hope you enjoy the sports report. Terri & I think about you, and look forward to seeing you for another visit to Dallas, Texas.

  7. Father Steve, I was fortunate that I had my
    radiation treatment at a local hospital.
    After several sessions we waiting patients became friends. We rejoyced when one of us just completed the last treatment and commiserated when things did not go so well. It is a brotherhood. I wish you speedy recovery and as you have a “direct
    line” when you call, the phone is picked up at the first ring. St Peregrine, I understand, is in charge.
    Joyful Spring wishes from Carolina, Paula

  8. Ah yes, Girl Scout cookies ftw, as the kids say! Guaranteed to cheer you up in the physical world. May the Lord continue to bear you up spiritually.

  9. There is NOTHING better than chicken and vegetable soup! I know it went over way better than “okay.” And then….there’s the wondrousness of Girl Scout Cookies…help make our time here a little bit of heaven. I love you, Father Steve. Be well. See you, hopefully, in September.

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