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Good News, Bad News

It has been quite a week for Sherry and me.  We just returned from Mao Clinic in Rochester MN and we were both quite impressed.  It is a very efficient facility with people who care.  We went there to find out what is wrong with my darned leg and after fourteen previous doctors I felt like it was starting to narrow down to a couple of possibilities.

The good news is that I now have a very credible diagnosis.  The bad news is that it is progressive multiple sclerosis.  It is a form of MS that generally works very slowly but there are no remissions.  I will probably need to use a cane and have an appliance in my shoe to help me walk. 

While I was in the waiting room (we waited a lot) having a pity party it was not unusual to see people being wheeled by who had just had a leg amputated.  It truly helped with my perspective.  Life goes on and when it stops there is the afterlife.

Please keep Sam Felderman in your prayers.  He is a very good man who could use them right now.

Peace,
Fr. Fred

Comfort

I love our church.  It is full of people who care about each other.  Now don't get me wrong!  The church is not full by any means.  We have lots of room but the people who are here care about each other and they are mindful of their spiritual journey.  This may sound a little weird but I do not want us to get too comfortable.  Our community has a lot of people who are looking for some way to fill the whole in their lives and it is our mission to offer them what we have. 

Yesterday was Sunday and Sherry and I also went to the service in Albia.  I enjoy going to Albia but I am really worn out afterwards.  Tomorrow, Sherry and I leave for my appointment at Mayo clinic.  I am apprehensive about the whole thing but if there is something that can be done for this darn leg of mine I want to know. 

Many of you have said you are praying for me and I thank you.

Peace,
Fr. Fred

It is unlikely I will be able to post until we get back.

Down the Rabbit Hole


I really struggled at writing the sermon this week.  The Gospel reading was about Jesus asking "who do they say that I am?"  His disciples respond with several names and then Peter says, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God."  Jesus goes on to say, "upon this rock I will build my church" and then he says,  "whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."  It has always troubled me that Jesus gave so much authority to disciples whom he was still very clearly worried about.  These were men Jesus repeatedly said were lacking in the faith department. 

When I got home I mentioned my difficulty to Sherry and she said, "Why don't you talk about what Jesus means to you."  So I am.

The rabbit hole I am referring to is the whole apostolic succession thing and Peter as the first pope and the heated conversations on these topics that have erupted over the centuries.  I wish Jesus would just come back and tell us what he meant.  He could say, "No, I never said that!" Or, "This is what I was trying to get across and you guys have blown it all out of proportion."

I decided not to go down those two rabbit holes.  At least not today.

Peace,
Fr. Fred