Sunday, February 7, 2010
I had good energy today. Unfortunately, I know the next wave of chemo will hit soon. But, I also now know my body’s ability to fight back and overcome.
We had our monthly community meeting for the eight members of our Priests of the Sacred Heart community who work in our South Dakota mission.
Some of us work in Chamberlain, while others tend the needs of the small churches on the Crow Creek and Lower Brule reservations.
It’s a morale boost to share prayer, stories and break bread together.
After our meeting Fr. Bill – who leads the Chamberlain parish – grilled up some brats and burgers … good Super Bowl fare! Even the non-football fans joined in the camaraderie of the game (and the new ads) as we talked and cheered and laughed.
These men have been great help to me by taking turns accompanying me to the doctor and through their prayer and support.
Today was also the first anniversary of a friend’s death, Fr. Justin. He served as my spiritual director and mentor during my seminary studies.
Fr. Justin was also a cancer survivor for many years and kept such a positive attitude about his illness. His other illness lead him to AA where he used his own struggles to reach out to so many trying to find sobriety and peace of mind.
We all face different limits and struggles, but God can find a way to help us be a blessing to others not just in spite of them, but actually through them.