Just a brief update on baby Samuel Abraham.
He began his first round of chemotherapy last week and has been home with his family for a few days. He returns to the hospital tomorrow for a second round. He has finally been made generally comfortable, with only occasional breakthrough pain, by very strong pain medication. He has begun to coo and smile, something that was unheard of before he was diagnosed, when he was in constant and crying all the time. He is so new to have gone through so much; he was born on April 15.
The medical likelihood that the chemo will help is very slim as this type of cancer does not respond well to any kind of treatment, but his parents have opted to try at least a couple of rounds to see if any progress can be made. However, they are still praying for a miracle through the intercession of Fr. Hardon and in reality put more hope in success there than in the chemotherapy. Even if the chemotherapy is successful, there is the possibility of serious complications and side effects, so please pray that those will be minimal to none.
Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers. Kathlene, John and their family are touched by the outpouring of support from friends and strangers and truly appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray, not only for a miracle cure for Samuel if that be God's will, but also for Kathlene and John to endure this hardship peacefully and have the grace to accept God's will, whatever that may be.
Almighty God, You gave Your servant, Father John Anthony Hardon of the Society of Jesus, the grace of consecration as a religious dedicated to the apostolate, and the grace of consecration as an ordained priest, after the Heart of Your Divine Son, our Good Shepherd.
Through Father Hardon, You provided for your Flock an extraordinary teacher of the faith.
You entrusted Father Hardon into the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose counsel "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5) he faithfully followed and whose intercession he unceasingly invoked.
If it be Your holy will, please grant the request I now make ...
[the complete cure and return to health of Samuel Joseph Abraham]
... calling upon the help of Father Hardon, so that his heroic sanctity may be recognized in the whole Church.
I ask this through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with You and the Holy Spirit, is one God forever and ever. Amen.