My husband is back to work today – life is about to return to “normal.” It will however be slightly different ‘normal” for me. I gave up smoking for the new year. I honestly did 🙂 Those who know me know that that is one major milestone. I enjoyed my ‘puffs.’ I thoroughly enjoyed my ‘puffs.’ And I found that in recent years I met the nicest people huddled together outside whatever building in the driving rain or blowing snow to have a quick ‘puff.’ Things have changed since the days of happy memory (for me) when doctors and nurses smoked at the nursing stations, hospitals routinely kitted every bedside unit with an ashtray, and patients and/or visitors freely smoked at bedsides of every hospital across the country.
Anyway, bottom line – I have stopped smoking. Say a prayer that I prevail. I believe my biggest challenge will be finding something to replace the puff forever burning itself out at my elbow as I fiddle away on the computer 🙂
I may not have blogged but I have been keeping an eye on the comments over the past few days. Chris, I am so sorry to hear that your parents are in poor health, but sorrier yet that they have been left in a spiritual abyss. This is yet another reminder of the terrible spiritual damage wrought on the Catholic faithful by clerical molesters.
All Catholics should come the end of their lives on this earth secure in the knowledge of what must done to avoid Hell and to try to achieve eternity with God. We call it The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.
Chris, pray for you parents. Now more than ever they need your prayers.
I ask everyone to please pray for Chris and for his parents. I believe that God hears our prayers, and that He alone can take a difficult situation like this and make it right.
There have been some deep and profound thoughts expressed in comments posted over the Christmas holidays. John-Derek, Michael, Chris, Tony – be assured that people are reading and pondering what you have to say. I have been deeply touched by your comments – I have had people tell me in person that they were deeply moved by these blogs. I know without a doubt that victims who are trying to summon the courage to come draw strength from all of you.
I have a few comments to respond to, and a number of calls to make to check for pending court dates, and new information to post.
2011 is here. By the grace of God it will be a good year, and by good I simply mean one in which victims speak up and the rot is exposed.
Enough for now