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As Nancy was driving me home yesterday [June 14, 2013], I experienced a tremenduous sense of gratitude. It was like a second wave in that when I sat up in the recovery room with my big eye patch, the first wave of thanks struck me.
I was brought to tears as I allowed myself to think back to the morning the lens in my left eye broke free from the lens sack [with a bang in my ears] and I suddenly realized that I could no longer see out of that eye. Believe me, this is frightening – so much so – that I think I just avoided the reality and began to put my logic circuits into action and focused on fixing the problem. It was still dark outside and I was comfortably sitting in my lounger – having my morning prayer time as usual. I had to wait for daylight and Nancy so I simply rested with my coffee nearby.
We went to our eye doctor [Outlook] in Princeton as soon as they opened and she examined the eye thoroughly and quickly – she is a wonderful doctor in whom we have much confidence. She wasted no words and told us that the situation was very serious and told us that they could do nothing – that I needed to visit a doctor with a highly specialized practice for the worst eye diseases and problems. She offered and made calls for me to see him ASAP and I was able to do that shortly. As Nancy and I spoke riding home last Friday, we acknowledged how a whole lot of puzzle pieces came together – thanks be to God – which led to the 2 speciaists [Drs Prenner and Wheatley] operating on my eye. These two are quite young [as seems to be the usual case now for us] and conveyed a no-nonsense word about my situation and what they proposed to do. While I had the option to do nothing at all, I wanted to seek any likelihood for regaining full vision.
As I sit here typing this, I am seeing at least just as well as I had seen prior to the loss. I consider this truth most deeply and as I said to Nancy, ” I might wish my experience never happen to anyone while part of me would wish it upon everyone.” I probably am as casual as most in taking prime health for granted and healing arts likewise. As we drove home I thought of little except that I wanted to express thanks to God as I had never put forth. You read the Gospel about the healings of Jesus but for me – having had serious eye defects since birth – the most poignant healings were those in which the blind man recieved back his sight. After this eye catastrophy [confirmed by the specialists], I said a whole lot of prayers much like those blind men in Jesus day on earth. “Lord, please restore my sight – I do not deserve anything, but I beg you to restore sight to this man who has lost an eye.”
This is quite long and perhaps tedious reading, but I am compelled to tell everyone that I have had a healing way over the top. I intend to live in more gratitude from now on. I was the beneficiary of the service of some wonderfully gifted [from God] and talented [people who are using their gifts fully] men and women who acted like a bunch of human angels – assisted by some heavenly angels – caring so thoughtfully and caringly for me. Of course the # 1 angel is Nancy who is always everything to me.
So here it is Fathers’ Day and I have every reason to celebrate, as you can well imagine. Now, I will share a bit about the process of the surgery last Friday. This may be dry or too much to read – for sure.
Nancy & I drove to RWJ in New Brunswick at 5am for a 6:15 appointment. I was quickly stripped and bedded down and punctured in preparation and covered by a wonderful nurse who then covered me with a heated blanket – the Hyatt could not have been better. I went to the surgery at 7:30 and their work was complete by 8:30. Dr Prenner and the anesthesiologist talked me through everything – along with my nurse – and told me to ask them anything. They put me out a couple minutes to place some kind of needle in the eye and all of a sudden, I was awake and clear headed throughout the operation and while I saw nothing [good eye covered] I could hear clearly. Drs Prenner and Wheatley coorborated peacefully and clearly each step of the procedure. I was so thankful I was awake – which I had not wanted to be. They had explained their preference to have me as potentially cooperative if desired. I could see the instruments being used in my eye as the surgery progressed. I was sat up upon completion and conversed with them as if were the next day.
Enough. I was in the recovery room after a short ride and being offered some great coffee [Kuerig] and cookies. After two cups of coffee, I dressed and got into a wheelchair while Nancy brought the car around. Easy trip home followed by a couple days of rest, good sleep and Nurse Nancy – just can’t ask for more than that.
It has become “unpopular” in many circles to include God in our thoughts and conversation. Believe me, if you ever lose your sight, the chances of inviting God into the situation are excellent. We live in a cruel world – full of sickness, injury and hurts. We all question how bad things happen so often – to so many good people. It is rare that we give a thought to life with “free will” or life as without freedom. We fight for freedom but want a God who limits it under certain circumstances. At the beginning, man demanded unlimited free will in order to do right and wrong as he sees fit and we have all followed likewise. The consequences of my free will to do right can be fantastically life giving but I don’t like to face the consequences of my freedom to do wrong. All my wrongs hurt others – there is no such thing as private sin. Most sins hurt people but in truth they even hurt our world of nature. I have sinned again and again but when I say “I’m sorry” I help God restore the bad results of my failures. Many of you have prayed for me during my knee surgery and some during my eye surgery. I pray that God blesses you for blessing me so kindly!
It was kind and thoughtful that we were invited to the special celebration of Mary’s birth and life. It was a delightful day for us to be with your wonderful family and many dear friends as well.
You two have given us all a wonderful family and you have nurtured them into exemplary lives. As contemporaries with you through tumultuous generations, we have said many prayers for our children and their children. And God has surely blessed those prayers many times over through joys and trials too.
Thanks for being such dear friends and brothers and sisters in our good Lord! While we happen to pass each other infrequently, may we often share our lives in the Spirit along the way.
Love and blessings as we open the door to a new year this very night.
Mike and Nancy
My Idea of a pastor
He must be a good and holy priest who supports his pastor [his bishop]
A man who loves his flock and his brother priests and listens to them
A man who knows how to manage his staff who keep everything running well
A man who takes care of all the facilities that provide a home for the flock
A man who knows that his time in his parish may end whenever necessary
But uses his time as if it is permanent till death
He is loved by his flock and is always there for them
He seeks God in everything!
I am blessed to have such a pastor
My reason for running for this election is simple. Our children are a gift of God who created them – just as He created all of us. The gifts God gives us become subject to our free will where it comes to their education and formation. God shows us how they should be trained and cared for in order for them to fulfill His desire that they become people of goodness, honor, and decency – that they will attain excellence according to their gifts and seek to use their excellence and pass it on to their own children and our society.
What God seeks can be distorted and prevented by people whose selfish and wrongful agendas actually have little care for Gods truth. Just look around – it is obvious. There are massive systems everywhere which seek to use children for their own gain. They fill the environment with entertainment and temptation and evils designed to do their work.
They infiltrate government and even our schools. They want you to accept their “right” to manipulate our children. We are free to stand in the gap for our children or allow evil to infect them. Are we doing all we can do?
I know that God gives wisdom – whenever we seek it honestly – about what to advance and what to avoid. That is my belief and I would do my best in any capacity I find myself. I seek God and I am accountable for my life and actions to Him. I will answer to God as to how I live out this responsibility, as will every parent and educator – like it or not.
I hope you will pray for the right kind of a Board members. I would want you to vote for those who you believe will be true to what you believe in! Your vote is important – don’t waste it!
God Bless You,
Michael J Donnelly, Hamilton Board of Education candidate.
EARLY MORNING – THE LAST OF SEPTEMBERSitting here in the breakfast room – reflecting upon these sweet and sour days since Jim’s death. I suddenly realize I am the lone patriarch of theis Donnelly clan and I failed last night as we all parted to offer my father blessing upon all of you and yours here or unable to be here these few days.I am so blessed by each of you and all of you and ask God to close the bonds tightly between us as we go our different ways today. These few days let us see the beauty within each one of you and also showed me how easy it can be to miss all kinds of wonderful days that keep flowing by as years pass so quickly.So please take this little practice with you from this day forward: each morning or evening take a moment to bless one another as I am blessing right now. I place my hands upon each of you and make a little sign of the cross upon your forehead – each of you individually including all who were not here, as I pray:Lord bless this child of Yours as I ask You to take special care of him/her this day – in his/her goings and comings. Keep him/her safe while away and bring him/her home as the sun sets in Your love and the love of this family. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.”Have a wonderful day – I love you!papaw
Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio
Chairman of the ad hoc committee [USCCB] against racism.
Racism is such a sad reality but if you go no further than a highly popular political reality as it is. You simply sign on the USCCB to take sides with another secular cause!
Racism is the popular “whipping boy” now with the left – they love to “tar and feather” the right with this popular label since they know it is solid gold indefensible.
I hope at least that you Bishops know the smell of a rat when you encounter it because that is what is where you headed. You Bishops seem to desperately want to be “popular” with the culture and this is a super cause. It is filled with Satan and lies to divide and conquer the evil right. Why would you so instantly follow the secular left in this issue?
Racist populate left and right – white, yellow, red and black – young and old and on and on. No group owns the designation “racist” it is like any other sin and belongs to sinners around the globe. Have you not the courage to speak the truth of this fact? If you don’t, you make the Bishops simply another agency of the left in their racist hatred of the right.
If you want even the appearance of seeking truth, then the committee should be represented by as many races and ethnicity groups of people as possible.
What will be the end if you jump on the left’s bandwagon to tar and feather the “evil right” – labeling them as the racists? Do you not see that the far worse racism is to bless the left in their manifest hatred of the right? I cannot believe you Bishops have really prayed more deeply about this sin which men commit against their brothers!
With sincere care – Viva Jesu
It’s 4am [AUGUST 1, 2017] and I got up at 2 restless and forbidden to have food or liquid of any kind – funny how little things crowd out others in my mind when they are forbidden to the senses. I’m glad to have this time for prayer – so quiet except for the Daystar channel which has worship music [only instrumental] so peaceful with scenery.
All of a sudden this thought comes to me. I have so many companions today who, hearing about my spine operation, assured me of their prayers. Then the number grows and I can hardly take it in. I am humbled in the goodness of God for so many companions today – it’s humbling and beyond.
So I want to say thanks to all of you and all the others I don’t even have their name because Fr Jay mentioned my operation that should happen this day last Sunday at mass. Our faith is so immense – beyond comprehension. May the Good Lord bless all of us today into forever as we companions join hands and hearts when we meet forever with Him!