UPATED: Of Your Charity…Prayers for A Friend’s Upcoming Heart Surgery

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Dear Readers:

My friend Connor, whom I know from Catholic and legal circles hereabouts in D.C. and who has spent time living in the Catalan-speaking world (thus giving us numerous subjects to discuss when we run into each other), is suffering from an aortic aneurysm. Tomorrow, August 14th, he will be undergoing what he refers to as “Operation Chest Cracker” at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The surgeon tells him this is a fairly straight-forward procedure, but apparently the recovery time will be somewhat lengthy.

I can imagine that this, the day before surgery, is going to be a nervous one for him and his family as they prepare for his surgery and convalescence, particularly as he and his wife have two small children. Of your charity, I would ask your prayers on his behalf, if you have a moment. I will certainly update this post when we have news.

Thank you and God bless,

WBDN

UPDATE: Thank you for your prayers! I have the following news from the Mrs.:

Conor had a very successful surgery today. The surgeon repaired his aorta by removing the aneurism and spared his valve. He did say that the valve was “strange,” but we all know that Conor is one of a kind. (o:

Conor should be up and walking by tomorrow.

Thank you again for your kindness, let us continue to remember him in our prayers, if I may beg your indulgence dear reader, for his complete and timely recovery.

The Lorica of Saint Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

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