“Facing Our Immortality” by Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT
“I was diagnosed with my first cancer 13 years ago at the age of 48. After surgery and treatment I was free of cancer until three years ago when I was diagnosed with a different, more aggressive form of cancer. After treatment, I am currently again cancer-free. It is worth mentioning that the treatments I chose both times, were a mix of the conventional, alternative and spiritual (I always immediately seek out the reception of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, blessings from our Priests, and prayers of the whole community.) Many people, when receiving a dread diagnosis, one as frightening as cancer, struggle with understanding how a loving God could allow such a thing. As a result they lose faith or even leave the Church. The mystery of suffering is not easy. It challenges everyone of us at some point in our lives. Here is my experience and what I have learned from dealing with this mystery in my own life.” Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT
- “The Other Side” by Michael H. Brown
- “The Secret Of The Rosary” by St. Louis De Montfort
- “Praying Through Cancer” by Susan Sorensen
Prayer Resources and Recommendations:
- Catholic Prayer Resources
- “The Holy Rosary”
- “The Holy Rosary” video series by Jack Soriano
- “The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy”
- “The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy” Divine Mercy Song Video
- “The Rosary of Abandonment” by Fr. Dolinda Ruotolo
- Prayer to St. Peregrine
- The Memorare
Catholic Charities offers several ministries to assist those in need of care, including housing, St. Raphael Counseling, shelter and support for women via Marisol Services. You can find more about these services by linking here.
Social Services Support: Mother Cabrini Shrine offers a comprehensive list of social services resources on their website. They have links to mental health services, food, emergency cash and housing. Please link to their website here for more information.
When the time comes that a loved one needs more help as their illness progresses, the loved one and family members can get very overwhelmed. This emotional and delicate time can sometimes lead someone, tragically, to consider ending their life. When one is in this fragile emotional state it is important to know that there are spiritually positive resources that can help them make a more natural and peaceful transition, without actively taking their life. This is a difficult conversation and there is help. To learn more about hospice resources and FAQ’s related to the Church’s position on physician assisted suicide, link here.
We are also available to facilitate a conversation with the Archdiocese and help guide you to the resources that you or your loved one need during this time. The more we pray and the more we learn about our eternity, the more peace we will have when this time comes, for it comes for all of us. God Bless you. “Jesus, I Trust In You.”