Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope John Paul II suffers septic shock

Despite an AP report that the Pope had suffered "heart failure," CNN reports Vatican spokesman Navarro-Valls denying a heart attack, saying instead that John Paul II suffered "cardiocirculatory collapse and shock." This condition, from all that I've been able to learn about it since this story was reported about an hour ago, can be very serious.

If you're wandering through and reading this, please: PRAY!

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, miserere famulo tuo Pontifici nostro Juano Paulo, et dirige eum secundum tuam clementiam in viam salutis aeternae: ut, te donante, tibi placita cupiat et tota virtute perficiat. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant John Paul, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him according to Thy loving kindness in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
UPDATE - 4/1/05 - Noon

The Pope is suffering significant renal and heart failure. (Click here)
It is a sad day for the Church - and for the world. Yet there is always hope. It seems the Pope is resigned to return home to the Father. But he's taken actions to prepare the Church for moving forward into her future. It seems almost impossible that God could give us a new vicar as loving and beautiful as this man has been for God's holy people. But we're coming up to Divine Mercy Sunday when we celebrate the unfathomable depth of God's mercy and love. We must face the future with confidence and faith - just as Pope John Paul II is facing his future, immediate or remote.


Anonymous bigsis said...

I don't think I've seen in my lifetime a period where the Church was so tested. Ok, maybe I just didn't know any better. But in the same way that this is so heartbreaking, there is so much hope. There is promise at the end of the life of a faithful leader... promise that he will enjoy eternal life filled with a sweetness he never knew here. It might lead one to think "Yeah, but he's the Pope, so sure that eternal life is for him, but not for me." But there was such humility in the way he bore his cross that we all know Christ's promise is for all of us.

And there is hope, too, in people like you... the future leaders of our Church. And I personally have never seen a more faithful, wise, and intelligent example of it... but hey, I might be biased ;)

Sorry for the long comment... I'll quit hijacking your blog now and go back to my own.

4/1/05, 11:12 AM  
Blogger Joey G. said...

Thanks, Sis. ;-)

I love you.

4/1/05, 12:18 PM  

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