Helen, a friend of mine at work who is also a devout Roman Catholic, lost her husband of 30 years to cancer four years ago. She has three grown sons, all in their late twenties and early thirties. One of the sons, Jarrod, recently completed medical school and got married.
About three or four weeks ago, Jarrod was making his patient rounds and somehow picked up a deadly strain of influenza along with a highly powerful infection. Since about the middle of March, he has been in critical condition in a Chicago hospital and has literally hovered on the brink of death. Recently, he has improved slightly, but his lungs are severely damaged and he is still fighting both the influenza virus and the infection.
Please pray for healing for Jarrod and for comfort for Cindy (Jarrod's wife) and Helen. Helen is doing surprisingly well. She is a very stong woman who credits her faith in Christ for helping her deal with the death of her husband and the near death of her son.
Thank you, and may the Lord bless you all.
Fr. Philip Abo-Assaley of Grand Rapids
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