Monday, October 15, 2012

"inexpressible groanings..." Romans 8

The first kisses, and the first mother's milk today!  Little Patrick was just starting to have his EEG of his brain waves done as we arrived today.  Both grandmothers felt the hand of divine providence as we had just walked into the St Patrick's Cathedral, and after calling our husbands to join us in prayer... we fell on our knees in the Eucharistic chapel with a homeless man, and beseeched the Lord to place his healing touch on Patrick!  Such a powerful time for us - to know that Patrick was having this long awaited test done at that exact time!  Pat, my husband, was attending his aunt's funeral and had just gotten my message - "I didn't go down to the dinner, but went into the Church to pray for Patrick for over an hour in front of the tabernacle."  
I gained so much strength putting my hand in St Patrick's in his light filled alcove at the side of St Patrick's Cathedral!  We were blessed with mass before we headed over to be with Patrick!  It was the beautiful feast of St Teresa of Avila... the readings were out of this world - Romans 8: 22-27.  I would highly suggest reading it!  "We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains.... in the same way, the Spirit comes to the aid in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings.  And the one who searches hearts knows what the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the Holy One according to God's will."
I have a way to describe the prayers of desperation I was trying to say when they took Maria and Patrick to the OR now... inexpressible groanings!  This is what we need to get to sometimes to leave all of our selves behind and rely on HIM!   The news for today is that Patrick started on his mother's breast milk tonight while Maria and I watched them hook it up to his NG tube!  Wow!  That was wonderful to be there for.  The doctor spent an hour talking to Maria and Joseph.  The EEG results will be in tomorrow and will maybe help with the seizures.  He had some more overnight and they have him on meds for that.  The doctor is guardedly hopeful that his sleepiness is in part due to the sedation he is on for his seizures.  We are now working on a schedule for us to be with him more... the only problem is that Maria or Joe have to be there with the grandmas!  The other grandma just came down and said that she just put the kids to bed and she said a decade of the rosary with Therese and David for their little lamb brother, Patrick.
Maria holding up her milk that was hooked up and started to run for the first time for her sweet boy!  Lord, we are groaning in our love and hope for little Patrick!  We feel the Spirit alive around us and within us and the hand of divine providence touching us as we fall on our knees before YOU!  May Patrick grow strong and filled with LIFE as his mother's love and milk flows all around and within him.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen and Halleluia
Bless-bless, Barb
"But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance."
This was in morning prayer and it says it all!  Thank you, St Paul!  I am in love with Romans tonight!  

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