See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Everyone is asking for prayers...



So I will too.
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A young man I see at adoration, named Tony, desperately needs our prayers. He has some major issues, he's probably mentally ill, and his mother is dying from cancer. His mom's name is Lisa.
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Tony is doing very poorly right now, much worse than a few months ago, because his mom has now been transferred to hospice.
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Tony lives on his own, but he is very much emotionally dependent upon his mother. His parents were divorced and his mom remarried. His natural father is a recovered alcoholic.
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Tony has been present at adoration every Wednesday afternoon for the past few months. He is there from about 1:30 PM until the close at 4:30 PM. He mostly paces around the Church, sometimes standing next to me in the aisle. We speak afterwards.
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The best I can do is assure him of my prayers, and try to empathize with him by discussing how it was when my mom died. But I mostly try to let him speak.
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He tells me he is looking for a sign - of what I'm not sure. I told him about St. Therese of Lisieux and said I'd ask her to give him a sign. He can be kind of scary to some people I suppose, he swings back and forth between anger and pain, confidence and despair. But he is mostly just scared.
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Please pray for him and his mom.

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Thanks.

16 comments:

  1. Prayed (and praying) for Tony and his mom.

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  2. michael r.6:46 AM

    I will pray for Tony at Mass today, and tomorrow at adoration.

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  3. David9:45 AM

    Prayed to Our Lady and St. Therese for them...will keep it up.

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  4. Terry, what happened to your Abbey Roads2? I have been on a hiatus from the blogosphere for awhile, and I noticed it is gone. I loved Abbey Roads2!

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  5. Thanks for the prayers - I will tell him.

    Paramedic girl - Hi! I posted about it somewhere, but they closed me down because I complained about the way the blog was acting and I might even have had some complaints - not sure about that however. I deserved it. Glad you are back. It was such a sudden thing, I haven't fully restored my blogroll here yet.

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  6. Aw, praying for Tony and Lisa. Will ask my Legion of Mary group to pray for them too. (They must think I am nuts with all the prayer requests I keep giving them from my internet friends!! LOL)

    I hope Tony has a good doctor who can help him. You are a good man to talk to him.

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  7. God says, pray always! Prayers rising.

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  8. I'm sending you an email about this situation. Susan

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  9. Praying for Tony and Lisa.

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  10. Thanks again everyone. I will let him know of your prayers and concern. God bless.

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  11. Mr. T today I received an e-mail from an out of state friend seeking prayers and asking for my name on a prayer list for a young boy who is in serious condition w/Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    A friend's mother of this boy has started a prayer chain and plans to give the list of names to her son when it reaches 1,000 names ... when I got it, it was at 800+ names. This mother wanted to let her son's friend see and know how many people were praying for him . I thought the kind gesture and actions of this mother/son team was beautiful and most certainly will touch the heart of her son' friend and his family.

    Tony will kept in my prayers too.

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  13. There was a man like Tony at my former parish, he frightened a lot of people by walking up and own the aisle during Mass and Adoration. I never got to talk to him because he always left before the end of Mass and came when it had already started. He used to walk up to the Chapel of Our Lady or to the Sanctuary and get to it and put an arm out toward Mary or Jesus quite suddenly a if he was about to say something to them, then he would skip down the aisle and out of church. I think he creeped a lot of people out...he did me a bit too... but i hope he got whatever he needed from his visits.

    I will pray for Tony and for Lisa... it hurts just to think what might become of him when Lisa dies. I don't know how i would cope (i know i would because i would have to) when my own parents die. We have been through so much together...through my 'nervous breakdown', through the death of my daughters father, through my 6 year brush with abuse with my son's dad (God, aren't i a story), through my raising my two beautiful kids alone...but always, all of this with my parents help and guidance and support.

    I thank God for them and i know how fortunate i am to have them still with me in this life and that's why i feel so much for Tony.

    During my mental illness my parents never really reached me and i resented them for it, but i also remember them visiting me in the hospital... i remember the first time ever, seeing tears in my dad's eyes and knowing it was me who put them there. The fact that my parents were there for me even though they couldn't understand me meant everything to me... not at the time of my anguish, but later, when i started to heal a bit. Just knowing i could go to them, even if i couldn't express myself or even talk to them, meant that that particular day might be one where i didn't cut myself or OD.

    God bless Tony, and God bless his dear mother who must feel so much concern for the welfare of her son, when she is gone.

    I love being a mother but it terrifies me... the thought of leaving my 'babies'....though it terrifies me far more thinking of losing them before I leave this world. Please God not that...

    Prayers ascend for Tony and for his Mother.

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  14. I'm late...prayers here!

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