Cardinal George Looks to God in His Cancer Fight

Cardinal Francis George celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. Peter during his February 2012 ad limina visit.

Chicago, Ill., Aug 28, 2012 / 01:53 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is encouraging others to use his recent cancer diagnosis as a time to “reflect upon God’s goodness and grow closer to Christ.”

If people use his diagnosis for spiritual growth, he said, “then even my sickness and, at some point at a still unknown time and way, my death will be an answer to what I prayed many years ago: that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might live in such a way that God’s will for the salvation of the world will be realized.”

The cardinal said in his Aug. 26 column for the Catholic New World archdiocesan paper that he plans to say “little” about his cancer and his treatment even though it will “probably be a trying time for me in the next several months.”

“How can we know what to say when our knowledge is so limited?” he asked.

Cardinal George, 75, underwent a medical procedure Aug. 15 that discovered cancerous cells in his kidney and in a nodule that was removed from his liver.

In July 2006, at the age of 69, the cardinal underwent a five-hour operation to remove his bladder, prostate gland and sections of his ureters, the tubes which connect the kidneys to the bladder. (Read more here.)

  • http://www.thresholdofheaven.com Peter

    My heart breaks everytime I hear of someone suffering through cancer. But, I am greatly encouraged by the Cardinal’s faith in God. May the Lord grant him what he has asked of his Heavenly Father.

    Thank you for sharing this story, Rebecca.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      It good to hear from you Peter. Have a blessed weekend.

  • http://heartonthejourney.wordpress.com Paul Bradford

    Rebecca,

    Pam and I have had a lot of discussions with each other about ‘God’s will’ as it pertains to her cancer diagnosis. We’re both coming to see the need to change our way of looking at things: Instead of considering her life, and her body, and her health in terms of how they can get her the things she wants, or that we want, we’re trying — little by little — to look for opportunities to testify to the glory of God so that she can be a beacon of light to others. Naturally, this experience has had a profound influence on the way I consider the purpose of my own life, and my own body and my own heath.
    The cardinal hopes that his battle with cancer will advance the spiritual growth of others because “then even my sickness and, at some point at a still unknown time and way, my death will be an answer to what I prayed many years ago: that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might live in such a way that God’s will for the salvation of the world will be realized.”
    None of us are here for ourselves. We’re here for God, and for each other.

    PB

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      This is so beautiful and wise Paul. Thank you for sharing this.


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