Last week at work, I received this link from a co-worker about the miraculous healing of a youngster who fell through the ice out in Lake St Louis. I saw the email but was tied up with my usual tidal wave of system support fire drills that I did not read / watch it until the other day and again today.
The situation was indeed miraculous. The teen was seemingly dead for quite a long time and then was producing a pulse and vital signs after desperate prayers from his mother. He was then airlifted to Cardinal Glennon, a place that we now know very well. When watching the video, two things struck me.
#1. AWESOMENESS – Dr Garrett treated the boy after arriving at Glennon. He is on our all-star list over there (among others). His quick diagnosis and action on one of The Pinger’s complications shortly after his first heart surgery in 2013 saved his life. I was glad to see him in this clip and I was proud to say I met him and that he took such great care of my boy.
#2. CREEPINESS – I was disturbed on this double standard. During he video you see the boy’s pastor walking around the Pediatric ICU, holding his hand. The boy is 13. Could you imagine the outcry and protests if that was a Catholic priest??
One could meditate (as I have with The Pinger’s situation) on WHY God brought back this boy from what was many minutes of unresponsiveness for 45 minutes. I hope he converts. Pray for him and his family.
AAAANND…back to awesomeness…just because I’m an aviation geek, watch Glennon Air head out to take care of someone else.
Please pray for the repose of Mr. Gene J. He was an uncle of my bride who died suddenly this morning.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul, and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
St. Louis De Montfort’s Prayer to Mary
Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.
May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest.
Such is, O heavenly Mary, the “best part,” which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee- and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, so be it’s all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it’s all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it-to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.
Thanks to my wife for putting this one in my head earlier today. Run it through the Blendtec with Timman’s near-obsession with Bob Dylan and what have you got?
Bibbity bopitty boo?
Dylan singing Do You Hear What I Hear.
Surprisingly, you can actually understand Bob in this one!
Definitely not gonna hear that in a week. Concert only tickets remain on sale here:
Daddy gives the Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a little fruitier than he usually likes it. But, it is still beer. So it’s all good!
A blessed Advent to you!