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How would you react if…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 27, 2018

So… you had a particularly painful bout with food poisoning.

Your best friend had the nerve to call you in the middle of it (love ya, Carol!)

She begs you to just “bight the bullet” and go to the emergency room because, “They have to treat you!”

You agree, but won’t go until the following day…

On that day, you’re ready to walk out the door when the Lord God whispers to your heart, “Pray.”

But, shouldn’t I head to the ER to fulfill my promise to my friend?

Again He whispers, but a with a bit more insistence, “Pray!”

Yeah, but I need to take care of these hemorrhoids. I mean, they’re really becoming a problem.

Now with all power and might He booms, “PRAY!”

Yes, I am thick headed sometimes, and quite stubborn most of the time, but I’m not stupid. So naturally I changed my plans and went to my room to do what He asked of me, pray.

Before I even began a Divine Mercy Chaplet, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye that by delaying until the next day – Thursday, that everyone I would need would be in the ER to assist me.

THE NEXT DAY IN THE ER

The doctor serving his time is a radiologist. He asks my complaint, I tell him and ask if there is a way to get rid of these hemorrhoids cause they’re really causing a lot of problems. He finally does a rectal exam and says,

“I don’t like the feel of that.”

Next thing I know, I’m being fitted up with an IV starter – the nurse was really good! I hardly felt anything beyond a slight pinch.

A wheel chair appears at my door and she, the CAT scan specialist, wraps me up in wonderfully warm blankets and wheels me a short distance to their room with the scanner. They’ve come a long way since the original scan equipment. Now everything is open with just a section of scanner that leaves plenty of space between it and the patient.

After asking a series of questions, she has me lie down on the movable piece and we begin the initial scan. Next follows the routine injections, first saline – lovely taste; but then next the dye that they use to see inside the organs; I was told it would make me feel suddenly warm, and IT DID! But then as a quick afterthought she said,

“And you’ll think you’ve wet your pants. You didn’t.”

Sure enough, as she was saying it, that’s exactly what I felt.

When the scan finished, she brought me back to my private room in the ER – they’ve come a long way with ER set-ups as well, at least this hospital has. It didn’t even smell like a hospital! The room had a sliding glass door and a curtain for sound proof and privacy. A far cry from the last time I was in an ER many, many years ago.

A half hour later, the doctor came in and said I would need a surgeon. He then rattled off names and I looked at him like, huh?

“Listen,” I said,  “I have no idea about any of them, you just use your good judgment. All I ask is that he be a God-fearing man. A man of faith.”

So one was chosen that fit my request. Turned out he was also the best colon surgeon in the area!

Then ten minutes later, the nurse walks in with a booklet and a room number written on it informing me that I was being admitted into the hospital…

Come again?!

WAIT A MINUTE! HOLD THE PHONE! ADMITTANCE?! WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

She seemed confused, and left to have the doctor come in and explain all this. And I’m thinking, “Well, yeah! The doctor didn’t say anything about admittance. What’s going on here?” Turned out he wasn’t really big on confrontations, and so he began with…

“This is a common reaction. We see this all the time.”

“Excuse me, you see what all the time? the nurse has just informed me I’m being admitted into the hospital, but I have no idea why. You haven’t told me anything.”

(I did learn rather early on that communication within a hospital is seriously lacking. Something that hasn’t changed since the last time I was in a hospital environment.)

Now comes the moment of truth…

“Well it’s normal for people with cancer to react this way when…”

“Hold the phone! Did you just say cancer?!”

REALITY CHECK!

Turned out that what I thought were just hemorrhoids was actually a cancer mass growing on the outside of my colon. Then he said it was stage 3, because the CAT scan showed lesions on my liver, suggesting that the cancer had indeed spread. I finally got to see that scan, and what he said was true.

All in one fell swoop I was told that I had colon cancer and it had already spread to my liver. I was admitted and a colonoscopy happened the next day with a biopsy of the mass. Plus all of this occurred without any idea how I would pay for the whole thing!

Turned out the hospital system that exists out here is “not for profit”, and my working poor status qualified me for their free health care.

The procedure was unbelievable. The whole thing was done in 20 minutes and I was aware of none of it. All my support staff were totally wonderful and the surgeon a truly caring man. He visited me not just before the procedure, but a couple of times after just to check on how I was doing. I ended up leaving the day after, because they wouldn’t let me drive home that afternoon, even though I was cleared to go home.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience, though it did take a REALLY LONG TIME to get me out of the hospital even though I was clear to go the day before. And once you cease to be a “patient” the staff kind of forget’s about you. Now all I had to do was face the reality of cancer. What type of colon cancer would be determined by the results of the biopsy. 

Please Note: All this took place on August 23rd-25th

Clearly there is more to the story, that this section is just the beginning. Therefore, to be continued...

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Adoration of the Shepherds

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 26, 2016

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.
Originally published in 2008 as part of the Life of Mary series. This post was updated on Dec 26, 2013. Remember to have your bibles ready!

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O come let us adore Him!

O come let us adore Him!

Note: In this as in other great mysteries of the Blessed Virgin’s life which she herself described to the mystics, quotations from her own words are printed in italics.

[Biblical Passages will follow in BOLD black print when they apply.]

Chapter 14: The Adoration of the Shepherds

The thrilling and consoling news of the birth Messiah was immediately announced by the holy angels to a small number of chosen souls…[an] angel informed St. Elizabeth and her baby who clearly expressed his joy by waving his little arms.  His mother at once sent one of her servants to Bethlehem with some money and linen for Mary.

The mystery of the Saviour’s birth was revealed to the holy old priest Simeon and to Anna, Mary’s former teacher, in the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Orient, each of the three Magi was enlightened by angels concerning the Incarnation of the Redeemer of mankind, which they had long expected, and perceiving the mystic star, they set out on their pilgrimage to the…new born King of kings.

There were shepherds in the field...

There were shepherds in the field…

But of all the human race those who merited to be the first to see the Christ Child were the poor, humble, and devout shepherds of Bethlehem…

During this holy night, three of their leaders, while watching over their flocks in the fields…

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  ~Luke 2:8

…[they] noticed with amazement a strange, luminous cloud hovering above the hill in which the cave and manger were located. And as they were staring…a bright light came toward them, bathing them in its celestial radiance…within the light they perceived the splendid Archangel Gabriel in human form…these simple men were with intense fear, until Gabriel said to them…

Behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy...

Behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy…

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. For there has been born to you today, in the town of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  ~Lk 2:9-12

While he was speaking, the radiance around him became still brighter, revealing seven other great angels of extraordinary beauty, and then a whole multitude of the heavenly host, all praising God and chanting in sweet harmony, to a joyful melody:

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior...

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior…

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace to Men of Good Will!”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” ~Lk 2:13-14

And these good men said to one eagerly: “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Lk 2:15

Only toward dawn did they find the grotto-stable and knock timidly at its entrance. St. Joseph… opened the door and welcomed them. They told him what the angels had announced to them during the night, and they said that they had come to offer their gifts and veneration to the divine Child.

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  ~Lk 2:16-18

Then [Joseph] led the shepherds into the grotto, where the Blessed Mother of God was sitting on the ground beside the crib in which the beautiful Babe of Bethlehem was lying.  And as they gazed down at the tiny Jesus, He looked at them, and from His radiant little face and eyes a current of divine love streamed forth and touched the hearts of those poor but fortunate men… renewing them…with a new grace and understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation…

And this will be a sign for you. You will find an infant ...lying in a manger.

And this will be a sign for you. You will find an infant …lying in a manger.

Still holding their shepherd’s staffs in their hands, they very humbly knelt down before the Infant Jesus…[and] weeping tears of joy…they adored their God…[and] they began to sing together the words and melody which the angel had taught them.

Meanwhile…the Mother of God modestly observed all that they did and felt… And when they had finished singing…she spoke to them, urging them to persevere in the love and service of the Lord.  They stayed in the cave from down until noon…each of them in turn [were allowed] to hold the divine Babe for a moment…Then they left, filled with heavenly consolation and understanding, “glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen…”

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. ~Lk 2:20

“But Mary kept in mind all these words, pondering them in her heart.”

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. ~Lk 2:19

[emphasis added]

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Kissing the face of God...

Kissing the face of God…

SPEAKING OF THE NATIVITY, THE MOTHER OF GOD SAID TO VENERABLE MOTHER MARY OF AGREDA

“Who would be so hardened as not to be moved to tenderness the sight of their God become man, humiliated in poverty, despised, unknown, entering the world in a cave, lying on a manger surrounded by brute animals, protected only by a poverty-stricken Mother, and cast off by the foolish arrogance of the world?

Who will dare to love the vanity and pride which was openly scorned and condemned by the Creator of heaven and earth in His actions?

No one should despise the humility, poverty, and indigence which the Lord loved and chose for Himself as the very means of teaching the way of Eternal Life. Few there are who stop to consider this truth and this example, and as a result of this rank ingratitude, only the few reap the fruit of these great mysteries.”

Previous Posts:

Anne & Joachim
Nativity (Birth) of Mary
Infancy of Mary
Presentation/Service to the Temple
* Part I
* Part II
In The Temple
The Espousals
Preparation for the Annunciation
* Part I
* Part II
* Part III
The Annunciation

The Visitation
Trials in Nazareth
Journey to Bethlehem
Birth of Jesus

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