Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Heart thread - 08/04/2009

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Gene and for those who love him. My friend Kathy writes:
Had some rather shocking news this afternoon. I opened up my email this afternoon and saw a message from my landlady, who lives up in Tacoma. She wrote about her son Gene, who three weeks ago installed a new airconditioner for us. He shot and killed himself on Saturday.

He had prostate cancer but was in a great deal of pain and his doctor was feeling very antsy about prescribing the heavy-duty medications she's been giving him to make life bearable. She was watching Michael Jackson's physician getting pursued for his prescriptions and she was telling Gene that she was thinking twice about it. I don't know if she did stop prescribing or not and if that was why he took his life, but it shocked me. I cried for his mother - no parent should outlive a child and for Gene and his brother. Terribly sad...
My California colleague and dear friend Amber Sturgess+ writes in the Diocese of California online newsletter:
A group of nine pilgrims representing the Diocese of California were scheduled to depart for Curitiba, Brazil, on Tuesday, August 4, to continue developing relationships with our Companion Diocese. Unfortunately, the pilgrimage/mission was cancelled on Friday due to a mounting flu epidemic in South Brazil. The Rt. Rev. Naudal Gomes, Bishop of Curitiba, reported that the State of Parana, as well as other southern states, have closed all public and private schools, universities, and government offices for two weeks. Public gatherings have been discouraged, including Mass, in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. The flu epidemic has been excerbated by a severely cold winter. Brazilian homes are not equipped for low temperatures and have no heating system. To further complicate the the treatment and control of the epidemic, several different variations of the flu are occurring: H1N1, bird flu, and mutations of H1N1.

The Companion Diocese Committee asks for your prayers for the people of Brazil, and we encourage all churches to include the Diocese of Curitiba weekly in the Anglican cycle of prayer.
For the repose of the soul of Mary K. Miller, my dear friend Shivaun's mother. Shivaun was the church administrator at St Cuthbert's and made my life SO much nicer. I miss chatting (and swearing) in the church office with her there.
Unfortunately Mom lost her battle with cancer last night.. our Lovely Rose of Clare......I am sorry to inform you this way but I wanted to let you know asap....she died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family....She received the last rites from Monsignor Linn and passed away shortly afterwards....just the way she wanted it...She put up a valiant fight but it was time....the hospice nurse says you die the way you lived and mom did just that....She fought for what she believed in, she loved her family and her faith was very important to her...It was an honor to call her Mom and to take care of her the last six years...Thank you once again for your support.. Mom had very specific instructions for her funeral and wake and we will be keeping you up to date for the celebration of her life.... and one helluva party with lots of craic..... Thanks again.
Offering thanksgiving for the release of the Americans held in North Korea.

For those murdered, in this event or any other, in any place throughout the world.
At Least 4 Dead in Pittsburgh-Area Shooting
New York Times - Anahad O'Connor - ‎1 hour ago‎
Joe Appel/Tribune Review, via AP Emergency workers helped a woman from the back of an ambulance after treating her in front of an LA Fitness location in Bridgeville, Pa.
For peaceful revolutions and the renewal of hope among peoples.
Thousands of Filipinos Stand in Rain for Cory Aquino's Funeral
Bloomberg - Francisco Alcuaz Jr., Max Estayo - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Thousands of Filipinos stood in the rain on the streets of the capital, Manila, to bid farewell to Corazon Aquino, the former Philippine president who ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 ...
For peace in the Caucusus and throughout the world.
Georgia, South Ossetia trade jabs
CNN - Mike Sefanov - ‎40 minutes ago‎
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- The former Soviet republic of Georgia and one of its breakaway territories, Russia-backed South Ossetia, accused each other of violating the cease-fire that ended last year's Russian-Georgian war, days before the conflict's ...
For a healthy, just, and peaceful relationship between the United States and Iran:
Iran confirms 3 Americans detained on Iran-Iraq border
Xinhua - Xiong Tong - ‎18 hours ago‎
4 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian official on Tuesday confirmed three US nationals have been detained by Iranian forces near the border with Iraq, the semi-official ...
For level playing fields:
SEC Starts Crackdown on 'Flash' Trading
New York Times - Charles Duhigg - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun a widespread effort to crack down on stock trading techniques that regulators worry are giving sophisticated financiers, armed with lightning-fast computers, an edge that everyday ...

Please add your own petitions, intercessions, and thanksgivings in the comments.

--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers ascending!

susan s. said...

More prayers...