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Hi Everyone!

Can I start by asking if you  remember the last Saturday we had coffee together. According to what I have been told it was the first part of July but I have no recall of anything until  late August.  Can I suggest one of two possible scenarios?   The first being the devil could not handle me or that Jesus is still unsure about my credentials!  Yes it is true that 2014 was a unique experience and obviously I am very happy be here with you on planet earth.

I was the recipient of great medical care , from the mountains of Olancho ,  a medical flight to Boston and hospitals and rehab centers that kept me kept me alive for  more than a month in a coma. It was on leaving a Boston hospital that one of the doctors said there is no medical explanation as to why you are alive.  I ¨remember saying something akin to   Robert Frost´s classic commentary about having many miles to go before I sleep. I have to date  no recall of what happened and perhaps that is good news. My only memory  and let me say weird, is a dream where I am  locked in a Red Sox locker room ,which makes no sense at all other than maybe the Devil got me and Bishop Muldoon confused.  I have been told that at times I was not a model  patient  and was not a patient with lots of patience.  Imagine that!     Despite too many voices  that lobbied against my returning to Honduras and to which  I  obviously turned a deaf ear,  I returned before Christmas.  I am trying to figure out what why God is not finished with me just yet and just what the future may resemble . The fact that I am still alive must mean something and with God´s grace, something I need to figure out.

I have decided to terminate my mission with the Catholic University because it is time for a Honduran to take control. Sixteen years is plenty .  I remembering making a hard decision many years ago to leave East Boston  which was a wonderful experience for ten great years. East Boston prepared me to take risks, learn Spanish, do some university level classes and hop on an American Flight to Honduras, just for a few years………. 25 years ago.  Change is good  and wholesome! I hope to have more time for our Foundation so that our projects are self sustaining and grounded in educational excellence.   I have scheduled two parish appeals for this year and  then to investigate ways of  evaluation that will create a solid  strategic plan for the future. I will need some serious quiet  and reflective time  listening and discerning what the Lord might be  suggesting . Solamente Dios sabe….only God knows.

I am still in therapy, getting stronger every day,  both my coordination and mental retention are also getting better and speech is fine.   No promises but I will try to get our Saturday coffee on the table  each week. Heard that many of you did not have a great winter and that is another great incentive to keep my air conditioner in great shape 365 sun filled days.

Last week was a week at Nazareth celebrating  special needs children  in our community. Would you like to see ?

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On Holy Thursday 6 parents presented their children and our altar servers their robes to be used at Mass. Here then enjoy.

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We so enjoyed having New Hampshire with us a few weeks back as they did some therapy at a local clinic. Welcome NH 

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This blog is brief but little by little  every thing will fall into place.  Happy Mother´s Day to  mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers and friends at your table tomorrow.  A special hi to my sister whose turn is now to enjoy hospital food and to try out for Dancing With the Stars with  her new plastic hip that was done yesterday in Boston! My sincerest thanks to all for your hundreds of cards and notes,  for sweaters and jackets, for those who coordinated the medical flight, to those who visited and smuggled, into the hospitals and  rehab centers ,   ice cream and  cookies, Mrs. Tranito’s  East Boston´s gourmet  soup  , my  sister´s  laundry  service and especially to all  who  prayerfully stormed Heaven and gave the devil the boot.  I am back , I am getting better and will talk with you next week.  God Bless!!!

Father D

 

 

6 Comments on Getting back in shape

  1. Pat Ernest says:

    Padre
    It is great to sit down with my Saturday morning coffee & your blog again!! We have missed your updates, stories & great sense of humor. God is truly good!! I was thrilled to see you last month. You looked & sounded wonderful. You are a true walking miracle. God does have a plan for you. It wasn’t your time to leave us, because you have a lot more work to do!!
    Welcome Back
    Pat Ernest

  2. Pat Ernest says:

    Welcome back!! It’s great to sit here with my morning coffee & your blog once again!! We have missed your updates, stories & sense of humor. You truly are like Lazarus, a walking miracle. God is good!!! I was thrilled to see you last month. You looked & sounded great. I know that the road back hasn’t been easy. But you have hung in there!! You have a lot of work ahead of you, so take it slow!!

  3. Carol J. Dale says:

    Welcome back!!! Your recovery is a tribute to the power of prayer and your will to fight.

  4. Pat Ernest says:

    Padre
    It’s good to sit down with my Saturday morning coffee & your blog once again!! I have missed all your updates, stories & even your sense of humor. God has been truly good!! You are home where you belong, and you still have work to do, for the people who you love, and who love & admire you back. when I saw you last month, I could see how much your health has improved, you looked & sounded wonderful!! I was actually surprised at how patient you have been through this whole medical situation, considering, as you said, your not the ideal patient. I pray for your continual recovery, and look forward to seeing you again in a few months
    Pat

  5. Babe Poirier says:

    So glad to see this post. I surly missed having coffee with you . Keep up the good work. Our prayers & thoughts are with you!

    Love,
    Babe & John

  6. Alan Lynch says:

    Saludos, Padre. So Glad to know you are back where you belong doing what you ought to be doing. And so glad to know that I can once again look forward to those Saturday morning blogs.
    Que Dios le bendiga.

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