My mother was a gracious woman, but she was anxious when we arrived at the hospital together, and the check in did not go smoothly. She was already pre-registered but as we started to check her in she became frustrated. She lost her composure and snapped at the woman helping us with mom’s paperwork. A few minutes later she went back to apologize to the lady: “I’m sorry. I–” The lady said quickly, “I understand”. She knew that my mother was in for brain surgery and that it was going to be difficult. She understood.
It is so easy for us to become overwhelmed by our own losses and grief.
Man of Sorrows
John tells us that when Our Lord was under enormous pressure, knowing that a terrible experience of suffering and agony lay before Him, He loved His disciples to the very end. His commitment to service, to self-giving, and to doing the will of the Father was not lessened even under the most difficult circumstances: Continue reading