Thank you to all who are offering Masses, prayers, sacrifices, and fasting for me.
My good friend Fr. Gregory Gresko, OSB drove from Richmond last night so that he can hear my confession, offer Mass, and anoint me before we go to the hospital.
God's plan for our lives often does not make sense - at least not immediately. While I do pray (and ask others to pray) for a successful surgery, I must only ask God to conform my will to His. It may be God's Will that I live through this surgery, live many more years, and serve Him as a Catholic priest. It may also be God's Will that I do not wake up from the surgery. If this is the case, I will face God for my judgment after having two months of this illness to repent of my sins, receive the Sacraments, and prepare my soul for this meeting which every person will eventually face. Could I ask for better circumstances?
Our main goal in this life is to know, love, and serve God in this world, die a good death, and spend eternity with Him in heaven. Everything else is temporal and fleeting.
Oremus pro invicem, in caritate non ficta!