Due in large part to Theresa’s comments about not canceling my trip, I was set to leave on the evening of June 13. We had a meeting with our parish finance council that morning and we ended up telling the council members about the diagnosis.
Our parish priest, Fr. Rankin, gave Theresa the anointing of the sick and had these words to say: “Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?”
These words, spoken to Juan Diego, by the Holy Theotokos under the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe, gave me some measure of comfort in leaving for two weeks.
With that, I was off to Pittsburgh and Theresa was off to see Dr. Viscusi.