Thomas A. Droleskey
This will be a brief note, which has been revised somewhat since its initial posting.
Although I am working on another original article of no earthshaking importance at all, the completion of this new article is being delayed by various medical examinations that have been conducted in the past few days whose costs have been funded by donations raised privately (yes, I really meant it a while back when I wrote that I would not be actively soliciting funds on this site any longer). This is by way of a brief explanation as to what prompted the need for these examinations.
Longtime readers will no doubt be familiar with the fact that I have been working to the point of exhaustion for a long time now. I continue being very fatigued despite having lost nearly sixty-seven pounds since February 17, 2010 (making it reasonably possible for me to say goodbye to the "200's" for what I hope is the last time in my life within the next week to ten days as I am about about four pounds away from the 199 mark, which will be the first time that I have seen that weight since I was on the way "up" in August of 2001). A recurrence of lower left side abdominal pain that was cited in a presumptive diagnosis by a doctor in May of 2001 as a sign of diverticulitis prompted me to solicit for funds privately to have some tests done that are certainly in order for a man who is nearly fifty-nine years old.
Although results from some of the first few tests are now available and are, I was told by my family physician, inconclusive enough in some areas to require additional testing (blessed be the adorable will of God!), there is enough known at this point from another examination that the diverticulitis has returned. If this is the case, as certainly appears to be so since the lower left abdominal pain has subsided after I starting to take a regime of antibiotics prescribed by two doctors (yes, we are also working with homeopathic experts rather closely), then an explanation for my fatigue has been found. My body has been, it seems at the moment, attempting to fight the infection all on its own, sapping me of my strength. I have not been helping matters much with all of the work that I have been doing to complete articles for this site, and despite what many naysayers may believe it takes a lot of hard, hard work to complete many of these articles, especially the longer ones.
Thus it is that I must scale back the level of the work for site. As I noted in a number of recent articles, there are only so many ways to beat a dead horse. That is, I have written on familiar themes repeatedly. While I will continue to write as my time and strength permit, I see absolutely no urgency in writing at the furious pace that I have for such a long time now. Those who will want to continue to support the work of this site with their non-tax-deductible gifts will do so. Others may decide to withdraw such support in light of the reduced number articles. All is within the Providence of God. All is given back to Him in a spirit of joy and gratitude through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for my many, many sins and for those of the whole world.
Oh, yes, I will continue to write. I will continue to highlight older articles, especially on feast days. The pace, however, will be much, much slower, perhaps as few as ten articles a month, if that. I do intend to record more brief audio presentations once Lucy returns to school in September. I will probably do a few of those, God willing and Our Lady interceding, before undergoing the penitential experience known as a colonoscopy on Monday, September 13, 2010. More will follow thereafter as I recover from the procedure, which I am not looking forward to in the slightest but accept with joy as a wonderful way to make at least some reparation for my sins.
Indeed, doctors never really have "bad" news for us, good readers. Not really. Medical conditions are what they are. They exist. To be sure, one wants to get an accurate diagnosis from a competent physician. Even if the news from that physician requires us to look directly at death, perhaps even a painful death, right in the face, something that I do not think is facing me at this point, we must accept this news, once confirmed, with joy as there are few greater gifts that the good God can give us as the knowledge that the moment of our Particular Judgment is near. Yes, of course. That moment could occur for any of us at any time on any day of our lives, including this day, the Feast of Saint Martha. It is, though, a great grace from God, which He gives to us through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, to know that we have a disease or a condition that will bring us to the moment of our Particular Judgment in the near future.
Although I repeat this quite a lot on site, I ask my readers to remember that there is nothing but nothing at all in this passing, mortal vale of tears that we can suffer that is the equal of what one of our seemingly "least" Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and that caused those Seven Swords of Sorrow to be pierced through and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We must accept each suffering and each humiliation and each misunderstanding and each reject and each calumny with joy and gratitude as they are permitted to occur so that we can glorify the Most Holy Trinity through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as we seek to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole word. Suffering is the path to Heaven. Embrace with it joy and gratitude as we keep our eyes fixed on the book of true learning that is Our Divine Redeemer's Most Holy Cross.
In addition to cutting back on my writing, I must also cut back on e-mail correspondence. There are days when a great deal of my time is spent attempting to answer correspondence from various and sundry people. Although I am asking those who desire to pray for me to do so, I also ask readers to understand that I am simply not going to be able to respond to all e-mails. Please do not consider me rude or abrupt or ungrateful for your most kind notes or your prayers. I just need to cut back on the demands on my time, which must be given first and foremost to my interior life and then to my wonderful family that is such a blessing to me.
Also, while I greatly appreciate any thought that some might give to writing me about "helpful suggestions" as to how to deal with what appears to be the cause of my physical difficulties, I want to reiterate that I am being well advised by medical doctors and homeopathic experts. I do not want to have my inbox inundated with well-meaning suggestions for various remedies that are "sure" to work. Once again, I appreciate the thought that would prompt some to write about such remedies. I do ask (which is my mild way of saying that I insist), however, that readers refrain from acting on the thought and to understand that we are being well-advised and I am acting with prudence and circumspection, starting with resting more and cutting back on my writing.
In the meantime until the next original article does appear, please continue to pray your Rosaries everyday. Remember to continue to participate in
Bishop Robert Fidelis McKenna's Rosary Crusade. Pray for the restoration of the Church Militant on earth. Pray for the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King. And I would indeed appreciate it if you could spare a prayer for me at this time.
We continue to have great gratitude to those who have supported us, whether at the present or in the past, by means of their non-tax-deductible financial gifts. We continue to have great gratitude to those who have prayed for our needs. And I want to assure each of you, whether a supporter of this site or a committed opponent, of our prayers every single day without fail as we pray in general terms for those who read this site and as we pray more specifically for those we have known over the years.
Remember, the final victory belongs to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May it be our privilege to plant a few seeds for this great triumph and the ushering in of the Reign of Mary and the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us, especially on your feast day today!
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Martha, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints