On Thursday morning, I received one of the Holy Sacraments, the Anointing of the Sick.
My hospice team found me Father David of St. Mary's. He was
wonderful. I told him a little part of my story. I cried a
(Earlier that morning, as I reflected on what my expectations
were for this appointment with Father, I realized that I was nervous! I decided
not to be nervous. Instead, I would just follow Father's directions and let my
heart and head both get whatever they needed.)
Father David explained the
sacrament. What I took away was that the Holy Spirit would bring me strength and
peace from Jesus, and absolution from God for all my sins.
I was very happy to be
receiving total forgiveness for all my sins.
During the actual anointing
process, tears streamed down my face. It was really a lovely experience. Then I
received Holy Communion.
Of course, we sat in the sunroom. Talk about
starting a room off right! Two sacraments in one day.
I mentioned to
Father David that the room was being re-decorated and would be finished at the
end of August. I got to articulate that my excitement was happiness in knowing
that Lou will use this room for years and years, in maximum comfort and style,
for conversations with friends, quiet contemplation of the different views of
the golf course, reading books, and whatever else he comes up