I am glad that you decided to stop by for visit!
While I’m not promising earth-shattering posts, I hope that you will find these ponderings reflective and interesting. If nothing else, I hope that this blog will help keep me in contact with my many friends, family, and parishioners over the course of my recovery from my kidney transplant surgery. Over the years, I have been blessed to encounter and come to call so many people – “friend” – in so many places – that a blog seemed like a natural fit to convey to you how surgery and recovery are going.
You may be wondering how I’m came up with the title for this blog – so here’s the explanation: As you know, Catholics call our priests “Father” and many of you, over the years, have started to call me “Padre” – that being Spanish for “father”. It’s a great nickname and a reminder of the gift that God has given to me. In addition to that, I spent a little over two great years as a Police Chaplain to the men and women of the Stow Police Department and while there, I had the unit number of “960”. So, when it came time for a name, I merged together two great aspects of my life – my priesthood and the daily praying that I still do for the men and women of SPD! Stay safe out there…
Over the next month, I know that my life is going to change – for the better! I was diagnosed with kidney disease as a child and most recently, particularly, in the last year and a half, I have dealt with its progression speeding up. Currently, I’m awaiting a kidney transplant – scheduled for March 10, 2014. My donor is a parishioner of my current parish and needless to say, I’m going to be forever grateful.
Throughout the past year, throughout many health “detours”, one thing has sustained me and that has been the prayerful support of so many people – which, of course, you represent. Coupling this with my strong belief that God walks daily alongside me, I know that great things still lie ahead for me. I’m also aware that “no storm lasts forever” and I have the strong feeling that this one…is about to break up…and the clouds are clearing!