Monday, April 01, 2013

I really need it to be Easter all week

It's a special grace for me and my family this year to have this Easter Octave, all eight days of it, as a message of hope. Over the weekend we all converged on a hospital in New Orleans, where Mom is in ICU with a pneumonia that caught all of us by surprise. At 85, Mom has never had a "health crisis" in her life. (Well, I take that back. She had scarlet fever when she was 12, but none of us go back that far.)

She was diagnosed on Good Friday; actually, when she woke up feeling excrutiatingly weak, she called me first to ask for prayers ("to St. Joseph," she specified), then called my sister (the nurse). I saw her via Skype on Saturday, and that was enough for me to contact the provincial superior for permission to come home. My sister thought I might be "some comfort" for Mom; instead, we are all comforting one another.

Needless to say, we'd all appreciate your prayers. To St. Joseph, if you don't mind.

12 comments:

Rae said...

Sr Anne,

St Joseph is my new favorite go-to saint. I have been praying for your mom, and will now add requests to St Joseph to pray with us all for her health and the well-being of your whole family.

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

Thanks, Rae. It is so good to have o there's post for you when you are unable to do much more than stay in the moment.

Carol O. said...

O good heavens, I'll be praying, too!

mama_nerd said...

Our prayers are with you during this time....

Anonymous said...

Oremus ing!

Anonymous said...

Hey sr Anne

I am holding you all in my loving prayers at this time and hope god anoints you all with his peace

with much love and prayers

A fellow Anne and facebook friend in the uk !

Anne said...

So sorry to read this news about your Mother. Know I will pray to St. Joseph for her recovery. I enjoy reading your blog. Food for thought! Thanks for writing it.

Anne in Minnesota

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

Thanks, one and all, for the ongoing prayers – – which are still very much needed.

Carol O. said...

Any good news over there yet, Sr. Anne?

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

We do not have much news yet because mom has been so highly sedated. This morning the sedation was turned off to rouse her a little, and she has not yet awakened at least as we can tell. She is moving and her vital signs look good but she Is getting breathing assistance through the ventilator and is undergoing dialysis since this put such a strain on her kidneys. The jury is still out, but the plaintiffs family is still in need of prayers.

Claudette said...

Dear Sr. Anne, I have been following your blog for some years and I thank you for it. my grandma also had a deep devotion towards St. Joseph. My prayers fly to you from Malta.

Carol O. said...

Asking quietly for God's will to be done, but asking rather noisily that the Just Joseph will hold everyone's hands, there, especially your mom's.