Sunday, January 18, 2009

Prayers for Monica's father

1/20/08, 4:00 pm

Mr. Franetovich didn't spike a fever, so now they are watching his lungs. They believe he broke three ribs, one in two spots. He did break his pelvis in a few spots as well, but were able to set it. They have to do surgery on his shoulder and arm, but want to wait until he is more stable before they do that. He had a procedure putting a filter into one of his arteries to catch any blood clots.He is responsive... he knows when people enter a room and will open his eyes. When she holds his hand, he'll hold back somewhat. As far as her grandfather, his heels are definitely shattered, but besides that he is doing alright.

Monica told me, while sitting with her father, she realized something. Prayer comes in more than one form. Well, this she knew, but she realized another form of prayer while praying the rosary. She told me, praying the rosary in times like this, besides asking Mary for direction in our prayers to God, was not mindless but meditative. It was a way of not thinking with the mind, but with the spirit; something routine and we know the motions to when our minds and souls are caught up in pain or joy. She told me, while sitting there with her father, there were times where she would hold his hand and just hurt. Sympathy and empathy are forms of prayer too. Sometimes there are no words, just feelings. Feelings too can be prayers.

Something my mother told me growing up, is to say "Everything I think say and do, and don't think say and do, I offer up to You and Your greater Glory." Supposedly, every time you say that, souls in purgatory are prayed for. Wither that is true or not, the thought and prayer is good.

So maybe, if you don't pray in the traditional sense, thinking and feeling positively in one direction can help another life. I know so far, all the prayers and good wishes that have been sent the Franetovich family's way are helping. Please keep them coming. They have gone through so much before this happened and need all the strength, hope, and love they can get.

1/18/09, 11:20AM

Please keep praying for Monica's father. He made it through the first surgery, and now is in critical condition. It's a wait and see until then. Going over to give her a rosary and some hugs. Thank you all for your support and prayers.

1/17/09, 3:00PM
I just found out that my friend's father and grandfather fell through her grandfather's old shed this afternoon while fixing it up. They are in the emergency room right now and can use all the prayers in the world.

Thank you.

<3 and blessings,
Ashleymarie Sey DeBondt

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