When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. March 19, 2014

First, mom’s cancer.  Then, a dear friend has two heart attacks within nine days (he’s doing alright, thanks be to God).  Then Fr. Erving passes.  Now we get word that our dear friend Kim, who was declared cancer-free just a few months ago, has an inoperable brain tumor.  She is weighing whether, given its aggressiveness, she wants to try chemo and radiation.  She is married with kids.

Father, have mercy through your  Son Jesus Christ!  Mother Mary, St. Luke, and St. Peregrine, pray for us all.

I would appreciate your prayers too.  I feel like an emotional pack mule.  I’m doing okay, thanks to the grace of the sacraments, I am convinced.  But I could certainly use prayer support.

I used to think it was sad that Paul could say, “My desire is to depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23).  I don’t think that anymore.  The longer I live, the more I look forward to heaven.  Not in a suicidal way (don’t worry).  Just in a “It will be lovely when I finally get to stop putting one foot in front of the other up Mount Purgatory and rest.”

Anyway, your prayers please.  And thank you.

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  • Dave G.

    I’m so sorry to hear about these. We’ll certainly lift these up, and you.

  • knittypig

    Dear Mark, our prayers are with you and yours. Everyone I know is carrying very heavy burdens these days. My prayer list grows longer every day. God bless us all this Lent, we look forward to the Eternal Easter with our Savior.

  • tj.nelson

    I’m sorry to hear about these developments as well – keeping you and yours in my prayers. I’m so sorry about your mom – I know what that is like.

  • Peggy

    I am terribly sorry Mark. I just attended a funeral mass for a lovely lady who battled cancer for 15 years. She never complained about life. She was such an inspiration and so kind to me. I was blessed to know her only about 8 years of her life. May Judi and all the faithful departed rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them.

    St Joseph pray for your mother on his feast day.

    I hear ya about the “overload” of worries. An very kind and once lively uncle is now in hospice care. May he and his family be comforted.

  • DJ

    Praying for you

  • James H, London

    Comin’ right up!

  • freddy

    Continued prayers for you and your family & friends. Sometimes you choose your Lenten disciplines, sometimes God chooses for you. Yours is a heavy burden just now and I also pray that our Father grants you the gift of joy and the peace in which to appreciate it. God bless you.

  • orual’s kindred

    :’-( Prayer support for your mother, you and your whole family (as well as the other prayer requests you’ve posted)!

  • Hematite

    St. Peregrine please pray for Kim, and may the Holy Family pray for you and yours Mark.

  • anna lisa

    Yes! Prayers and solidarity.
    Please tell Kim about my friend Suzanne, whom I wrote about at the Register in the com box. She has been keeping her brain tumors at bay with very sophisticated targeted radiation. She has a blog called “Raising Saints” I’m sure Suzanne would be more than happy to tell Kim about the success she has experienced with this therapy.

  • Kathleen

    I can relate Mark and you have my prayers.
    My grandmother used to say something similar and it used to make me so mad! My old spiritual director used to tell me that there would come a time in my life I would want the next life more than this one (not suicidal either) and in the last year or so I have really begun to understand that.