I mentioned on Friday about my back pain. I’ve had some rough moments this weekend and a few glimpses of reprieve. It’s just part of life with scoliosis that’s been surgically corrected. You don’t got from 65-degrees to 14-degrees without some growing pains. I’ve learned that I can lay on the couch and writhe in pain, or I can put on my big girl undies and live life. I took a few Tylenol and got my back good and iced before we ventured to Mass this morning. It wasn’t my easiest Mass, but the kids were mostly good, so it was a pretty lovely hour, all things considered.
After Mass, Scott looked at me and said, “You should ask the priest for an anointing.” He is so smart.
Fr. Danny was happy to oblige and as fate would have it, another woman (also in back pain, preparing for surgery this week) was also anointed. For my non-Catholic friends, Hollywood likes to portray this anointing as “last rites.” But, in the real world, we call it the anointing of the sick. Layman’s terms? When you’re experiencing pain or facing surgery, your priest or bishop lays hands on you, says some beautiful prayers and anoints you with holy oil. In my words? It’s pretty dang awesome. I certainly don’t take this Sacrament lightly. In fact, in the past 17 years, we’ve had it performed on Luke before each of his surgeries and on me before my spine surgery.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious.
With some freshly oiled hands and a forehead and an ice pack at the ready, we enjoyed a great lunch with Luke’s Godmother and her oldest son. I cannot even tell you how great it was to hug her neck and have her pat my belly. Melanie knows all there is to know about Kathryn – and she stuck around. She’s crazy. But, so am I. We finished our day with a 4-H meeting, more ice and a science fair project.
Skirt/Scarf: noVae Clothing
Shirt: Motherhood Maternity
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Boots: Ecco from Dillard’s
Baby bump: 15 weeks
FLAP, mwah for the fashion inspiration!