One of my new blogging friends aussieannie had posted a novena request for her beautiful friend Melinda who was struggling with advanced renal cancer. I was praying for her and I checked back on Anne's website Under Her Starry Mantle and learned that Melinda had passed away.
I didn't know this woman but my heart aches for her 6 children who will grow up without their mother.
Please keep Melinda's family in your prayers as they try and move on with their lives.
Another Call to Prayer:
There's some trouble brewing in the Chicago Archdiocese between Cardinal Francis George and Reverend Pfleger. I've been seeing news stories for the last month or so about Rev. Pfleger unwillingness to leave his St. Sabina Church which he has led for the past 30 years on the south side of Chicago. His congregation loves him and he probably has done many great acts of service for his parishioners and I understand about connecting with a parish priest. His congregation is speaking out boldly how they want him to stay in their parish but Cardinal Francis George wants him relocated to be the President of the Leo Catholic High School. Rev. Pfleger reportedly has said to the media "if he is forced to leave St. Sabina, he will leave the Catholic Church."
I think what's happened here is that Rev. Pfleger has lost his focus on Jesus and has centered his church on himself. Rev. Pfleger has become an idol to his parishioners. You can't give an ultimatum if you don't get your way! Can you imagine Jesus' response to one of his disciples if they gave him an ultimatum? Or if the disciple went to the masses to fight Jesus? I'm not saying that Cardinal Francis George is on a level with Jesus, but there is a hierarchy in the Catholic Church and it's for good reason. It's worked for 2,000 years and it shouldn't be altered now.
What bugs me about this is that it puts a negative light on the Catholic Church. I won't go on and vent about it.... all I will say is, he needs prayer to remember he is called to be a holy priest and to obey the Will of God.
Check out the most recent story: Cardinal Francis George suspends Rev. Pfleger