Posted at the MAD PADRE blog:

By Lindsay Wise, Houston Chronicle, April 9, 2011

Marine veteran Clay Hunt... took his own life at his Sugar Land apartment (last week). The 28-year-old had narrowly escaped death in Iraq four years ago, when a sniper's bullet missed his head by inches. But he wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt over the deaths of four friends in his platoon who weren't so lucky.

"Two were lost in Iraq, and the other two were killed in Afghanistan," said his mother, Susan Selke. "When that last one in Afghanistan went down, it just undid him."

In many ways, Hunt's death is all too familiar: the haunted veteran consumed by a war he can't stop fighting. Suicides among Texans younger than 35 who served in the military jumped from 47 in 2006 to 66 in 2009 — an increase of 40 percent, according to state records.

Hunt's suicide was baffling to friends and family, but not because he hid his struggle or failed to get help. It baffled them because he faced it, head-on, leading from the front like any good Marine.


Posted by Tracie at ON HOLLADAY:

Remembering and Praying

For Jenny, my coworker, who lost her father today.

For Mike T, another coworker, who lost his wife over the weekend, very suddenly and very unexpectedly.

For my ex Dann, who says he's in stage 4 renal failure, and who just got back from the hospital having some diabetic ulcers treated.


From WADE:

Posted on the website of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke:

Dear Cathedral Family,

It is with great sadness that I bring news of the death of The Very Rev. Donald Webster, Dean Emeritus. Father Webster suffered a stroke on Saturday night and passed away early this morning. Father Webster deeply loved and was deeply loved by the Cathedral and it's people. Our prayers are with his wife Priscilla and their children.

A service will be held this coming Saturday, April 16, at 10:00am in the Nave.

If anybody gets a moment to say a prayer or two for Father Webster I'd appreciate it. St. Luke's has been Welcoming/Affirming for over 40 years, dating back to before there were words for describing the practice.

The first time Victor and I attended Mass at St. Luke's we enjoyed a thought provoking sermon by this curmudgeonly Priest. He shook our hands on the way out, and I was surprised at his reply when I asked if the Parish welcomed gay couples. As was typical of Father Webster it was short and to the point.

"I should hope so!"

We've been at home here ever since.


Posted by Sam Norton at ELIZAPHANIAN:

A few weeks ago Ollie managed to snap the cruciate ligament in his right knee, and had surgery to correct it. Unfortunately he then managed to tear the sutures inside the wound, which meant that his kneecap started wandering around. He had a second operation last Friday to correct this, and has since been in this heavy bandage and confined, not just to the house, but often to a cage in my study, to inhibit exercise. Please send up some thoughts or prayers for him, he's getting lots of love for all of us, but he's still a poor sorry beastie!



Japan has decided to raise its assessment of the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the worst rating on an international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency said on Tuesday.

The decision to raise the alert level to 7 from 5 on the scale amounts to an admission that the accident at the nuclear facility, brought on by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is likely to have substantial and long-lasting consequences for health and for the environment. Some in the nuclear industry have been saying for weeks that the accident released large amounts of radiation, but Japanese officials had played down this possibility.



Eleven people were reported dead and 126 injured last night after an explosion at a metro station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Much about the blast was unclear yesterday evening, including who may have been behind it.


From REUTERS (Africa):

Ugandan police charged Uganda's main opposition leader and detained others as they prepared to march in protest over rising food and fuel prices in the east African country. Police charged Kizza Besigye, President Yoweri Museveni's closest rival in February elections, with inciting unrest after arresting him near his home in the capital Kampala. A Reuters witness said Besigye was bundled into a police vehicle. Civil society and opposition parties were planning to hold a "Walk to Work" protest on Monday over rising food and fuel prices in the east African country.



Global spending on arms amounts to more than $1.6tn (£0.96tn), with South American and Africa accounting for the biggest increases last year.




Had my latest DDO interview today. Again, a positive one with much food for thought, reflection and prayer at the end of it. Things are now starting to move forward a little. The DDO has concluded that I am now ready for the next step (a Diocesan Panel) in the next week or so.

I thought that I would be anxious about this, but it just seems that the relaxed, settled feelings that I have been blessed with, have continued. A gift for one, who is by nature a worrier and frets at things, when they do not move on quickly enough.


Posted by Red at APPLES OF GOLD in the
comments to her post "Disappointment":

I do feel peaceful about it all now. Had lots of lovely words from people at church and the vicar was talking to me about what he would like me to be involved in anyway so I feel less 'rejected' now!!!


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THE PRAYER LIST – 12TH. APRIL 2011 — 5 Comments

  1. All the concerns mentioned here are very moving and I am giving prayerful attention to each one.

    I would also like to offer thanksgiving for the grace of my vocation on this the 17th anniversary of my Solemn (life) Profession.

  2. Aw, Ollie. Seeing a black Lab bandaged up like that, reminds me of my Michigan pal “Angel”, who did something similar (and ended up the same!)

    May Corporal Hunt rest in peace.

    Prayers ascending for all in need…