Fr. Steve’s updates

It’s inspiring when people leave here after successfully being treated. It’s tougher when occasionally the doctors tell a patient “there’s nothing more we can do for you here.”

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It’s inspiring when people leave here after successfully being treated. It’s tougher when occasionally the doctors tell a patient “there’s nothing more we can do for you here.”

Tonight, I sat across from one family who got such sad news.

I promised to pray for them, but did not have words that could lift their sorrow and disappointment. I have been praying for them a lot, and the heaviness weighs upon me. We need faith and prayer, especially in the hard times when life isn’t going so well.

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4 thoughts on “Fr. Steve’s updates”

  1. Dear Father Steve, You have the most necessary mission yet to accomplish here on Earth.
    You express more love..and understanding of humanity than any one we have ever known or read. You MUST pass that on for a much longer time. The world needs your touch. If you don’t think so you are greatly mistaken ! Today, father, more than ever, people believe that money and power are what they want and need..above all. You have different ideas than that. It shows. You don’t even need to say it.. So you are needed..to pass that on..through your work…for a long time.
    I know. You are a miracle in our lives..You betcha !
    Always in our prayers,
    Mia and Bob

  2. Dear Father Steve, and God WILL carry you through. When I had major surgery I trusted my surgeons and pictured them to be the hands of God. They are indeed very good at
    “thinking on their feet”, their wast experience has taught them to be.
    The Holy Spirit will help you keep up the positive.
    Sunny Southern blessings from Carolina, Paula

  3. For the last two days
    giant Pacific Northwest octopi, about 3-4 feet across, have washed up on the beach near my house.Biologists said to me that this normal in their lifecycle, but it made me so sad that I sat near one as it dying.
    It breathed, it turned colors—I felt bad
    for it.I sheltered it from the sun;I bathed it in water. The biologist told me that it was a lost cause, but I told her I would
    remain beside it until the sea came back in
    to reclaim it. Nothing needs to be afraid
    of it’s own passing. I sang to it. I told
    it a story. It’s life ebbed out, and it’s
    suckers ceased to cling, and I kept bathing
    it in water anyway. The predator birds never
    claimed it, and eventually it floated off on a wave. Today I went back to the ocean, and I said I was sorry in a ritual way. Then
    I found another dead giant, and I wondered what was wrong in this world. Eventually,
    I reported this to a biologist in case
    something has gone wrong with the waters
    offshore. I went home and made dinner
    for my family. And I think this is just life, but I feel bad when I think the octopus might have suffered. My husband
    said, “Were you wearing your red stocking cap again? You look like Jacques Cousteau’s
    cousin or the littlest ecoterrorist I have
    ever seen when you get that look on your face when you get all concerned about some animal suffering. Can’t you just go to the beach and have some fun?” So I’m working
    on it, and I hope you are, too.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you – not only for your achievements but for your personal dedication. And it was a real pleasure to meet with you and part of your “family” in Newport, RI at a luncheon during a horribly rainy day. But I wouldn’t have missed that occasion for the world. Your inspiring and dedicated mission is of the highest order of human love and compassion. Best wishes for your recovery – we’ll be thinking of you. Roger and Esther DuPont

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