I need my prayer warriors. Badly.
The beloved chaplain of my high school is very ill. I found out from a friend on FB that he has cancer. I don't have the entire story -- some say that it's terminal, others say that he's still at work planning the 40th anniversary of his current school, regardless, he is sick.
I believe that Mr. F is a saint on earth. I have never met anyone so giving, loving and kind. I don't think that I have ever heard him raise his voice, nor utter an unkind word. He exemplifies Christ's love in all that he does.
I was in the first graduating class of my high school and Mr. F started in his position when we started grade nine. He showed me (and many of my classmates) the value of service and faith. He held our hands while we cried through our teenage problems. He counseled us through so many crises. When my grandmother had an aneurysm when I was in grade eleven, he prayed the rosary with me.
I kept in touch with Mr. F well beyond high school. When I applied for my teaching position I asked him to be a reference, which he happily agreed to do. When I was unhappy at my former school he tried to help me get a job at his high school (which didn't work out, thank God, I am not meant to be a secondary teacher!).
On the FB page that has been started in his honour I have read countless posts about how he touched the lives of so many students. There will be a mass said for him on Friday evening and he is going to try to be there.
Please pray for Mr. F, his wife and his son and daughter. I cannot imagine what they are going through right now.
Heaven has enough angels.
St. Peregrine, pray for Mr. F!