The Abbot’s Notebook for March 8, 2017

Blessings to you!  This last week after I returned from South Africa, I began to feel some kind of illness and no matter what I did, it did not get better.  I was supposed to fly to Dallas on Sunday, March 5th, and then participate in the Canonical Visitation of Thien Tam from March 6th through 10th.  Instead I went to the emergency room on the morning of March 5th.

I don’t like being sick!  But there are times when I cannot avoid it.  If it is just a cold or the flu, that is kind of normal, even though I do not like it.  Even less do I like it when I have to change travel plans and phone the airline and tell them I am sick.  God does not always honor my preferences.

Surely there is a spirituality of sickness.  Lots of saints have had sicknesses all of their lives.  I prefer the spirituality of good health.  Again, however, we do not get to choose.

I had my appendix removed by surgery on Sunday morning at 10:00 am and am still in the hospital.  I hope to get out by Friday. Please pray for me.

I will keep this notebook short this week because I don’t have the strength or energy to write more.  If I get a chance and have more energy, I will add to it!

I send you my love and prayers.

Your brother in the Lord,

Abbot Philip