Tuesday, the 18th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Cajetan
Readings for today’s Mass
I'm learning that healing is not necessarily the disappearance of my cancer and the various complications it has brought. When I pray for healing, I feel more connected to God who loves me and holds me close in my distress. The word, healing, comes from an old English word for "hale" or "whole." I can be whole even with cancer: that is, I can live with faith, hope and love. I'm learning that's what I'm really praying for when I ask for healing.
A case in point: A long time ago I was administrator of a Catholic high school. The most outstanding teacher was a quadriplegic; he was wheelchair bound and only had partial use of his hands. The students loved him. He later became principal. He radiated care and hope and faith. If I was having a bad day, I tried to spend just a little time with him. He was living proof that we can be whole and healthy if we keep our attention on the keys to health: love being central.
I don't feel too bad if, like Peter, I begin to sink in my distress occasionally. I can pray, and God reaches out for me.