Thursday, April 30, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

The main way I plan to be present to people during these months

This is the main way I plan to be present to people online in these next months: "Read the Bible in a Year" Podcast

I trust that parishioners can find other sources for online Masses, rosaries, and other daily prayers.

This is the main way that I feel like I can still be present with minimal effort.

Please note: my work prior to my second surgery in NO WAY contributed to my infection.  I did not feel obligated to do any of it.  It was a pastor trying to lead his people.  It did not compromise my health in any way, and this won't either.

So, without further ado, my daily podcast for "Reading the Bible in a Year" Day 15: Genesis 24-25

If you are following along with us, this is the readings for Monday, April 27th:

"Drop what you are doing and come to the ER"

Those were (essentially) the unexpected words I got on the phone this past Tuesday.

Tuesday morning I had an MRI and a visit to get my spot on my head checked out.  They originally told me after surgery that I would have a bruise in that spot for a couple of weeks, and so I sat around and waited for it to get better, but it just wasn't getting over the hump. 

So this past Sunday I sent a picture of it to my neurosurgeon and he got back in touch with me and schedule an MRI for Tuesday.

So when they had a chance to look at the MRI, they saw an infection beneath the skull.

The only way to clean it out is to go back in, take off the part of the skull from surgery, rinse it out, check to see how deep the infection goes, and then NOT put the skull back on but leave it off, treat the body with a month or more of antibiotics, wear a helmet, and then at some point a few months down the road, have another surgery to put in a titanium plate where the skull was.

So that all happened this week and I was released yesterday from the hospital.  I'm looking at antibiotics via IV everyday for the next month, radiation can resume in about two weeks, and then I'll have a surgery to go back in and replace the skull section with titanium in about 7 weeks. 

So this bump in the road set me back about a month total, but I'm totally fine with it, and trust in God's Divine Providence.

Here's a photo of me from Sunday, the day I was released:

Friday, April 17, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Just the homily: "the disciples missed Him in the many of us do in the midst of this pandemic, if we're honest"

Entire Mass:

"Read the Bible in a Year" Day 3: Genesis 8-11

April 15th if you are following along with me

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Read the Bible in 1 Year

Stuck indoors? “Read the Bible in a Year” starts the day after Easter.

Here is the edition of the Bible I will be reading from each day. If you have your own edition you’d prefer, I will be posting the following:

1) the chapters for the day (we are going to follow a chronological reading)

2) a podcast of me actually reading said chapters.

Note: you never have to listen to a second of me reading the Bible if you don’t want to, but still want to follow along with the daily readings. 

Homily for Holy Thursday

The 3 things the Church asks us to preach about tonight are the 3 surest paths forward through this time of pandemic, and they are united under the one phrase "This is my body, given up for you!"