Fr. J. Edward Bradley's Journal
Written Oct 10, 2010 4:53pm
Final Journal Entry 21 Oct 11 2010
A letter from Fr Bradley.
October 11, 2010
My Dear People:
Thank you for your prayerful support these past several weeks. The time has gone by quickly, thanks to your straying in touch via Caring Bridge. I want to thank Mike Thompson and Fr. Brad for arranging this opportunity for me to hear all those encouraging words and assurances of prayer. I’m not a “face book fan” so I didn’t know what they were talking about when they mentioned this to me. But it has turned out to be a great blessing.
I have been cleared to return to work next week. This was “music to my ears.” I am still taking bone treatments regularly and will be for some time, but it will not interfere with my ministry.
Thanks to Fr. Brad and Our Lady of Lourdes for their hospitality and tender, loving care. The delicious homemade food was greatly appreciated, but not nearly as much as the love and care which prompted your kind and thoughtful gesture.
Some have asked will things be different upon returning to work. I’m sure things will be different. In fact, maybe it’s because things needed to be different that God gave me this blessing in disguise.
When I first learned about my cancer, I was devastated. I needed to talk to God but prayer was difficult and I didn’t know exactly how to pray. I picked up the Bible and opened it randomly to the twenty-first chapter of John’s Gospel. It is the Gospel where Jesus repeatedly, three times, asks Peter, “Do you love me?” I have often said I love the Lord. But this time, the meaning was so much more real and deeper. At the end of the dialogue between Jesus and Peter, I read, “When you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go. He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.” (John 21: 18-19). It was as if the words jumped off the page and landed directly in my heart. It could not have been any more of an instant message, if Jesus had sent me an email. I knew that Jesus was saying this to me, and Jesus was telling me he was giving me this cross.
This particular Scripture passage helped me so much. It has become who I am and who Jesus is to me. This is what he is asking of me. This is my whole understanding of what has happened and will happen in the future. I do not know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.
Thanking you again for your prayerful support, I am
Gratefully yours in the Lord,
Fr. Ed Bradley
Update by Mike Thompson for Fr Bradley.
My Oh My isn’t the word “REMISSION” a great word. We all leap for Joy !!
and pray in Thanksgiving for a healthier Fr Bradley.
It has indeed been an honor to post the updates and print out the Guest Book Entries for Fr Brad and Fr Bradley. They are both Dear Friends and are very close
to my heart.
This will be the last update – but I do hope He will take it easy for a while to regain some strength.
I will continue to print out your responses for a week or so for Fr Bradley.
I feel as if I have gained a lot of friends – Though I do not know many of your faces, I do know your heart, and was very touched by your prayers for Fr Bradley.
For that, I love you all,
Mike Thompson -- mt
Written Oct 6, 2010 10:44pm
Journal Entry 20 Oct 6th 2010 10:40 PM
October 3, 2010
A quick update on Fr. Bradley.
This past week has been another very good week. The chemo treatments went very well. His appetite continues to be good and has even gained another pound or two. ( Fr. Brad said it was a heavier book than a week ago ). Fr. Bradley continues to be in good spirits and is very positive about his situation.
This coming week Fr. Bradley will have his last two chemo treatments. He is certainly looking forward to the end of chemo. His condition will then be reevaluated and we all pray for a positive outcome.
Fr. Bradley has concelebrated several weekday Masses with Fr. Brad. He has even had a few of the noon Masses. This weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes we are having the Anointing of the Sick at all of our Masses. Fr. Bradley is concelebrating at all of the Masses and helping with the anointing. It is great to have his help plus he was looking forward to celebrating the sacrament with the people at Lourdes.
Please continue with the prayer support with your cards, email, and website notes. They continue to be a great source of encouragement to Fr. Bradley.
May God bless all of you.
Update by mt for Fr Brad
Sorry for the delay in posting, I have been out of town for my Sister Pallie’s Funeral.
Written Sep 25, 2010 9:52pm
Journal Entry 19 Sept 25 2010 9:58 PM
September 25, 2010
Fr. Bradley is feeling very good. He had another good week of rest and good food. He was so proud that he had gained two pounds the week before. His appetite is good. He is just really happy that he feels as good as he does.
Next week Fr. Bradley starts his last round of chemo. That will take two weeks. During the last round of chemo Fr. Bradley felt good and ate well. We are certainly hoping that will continue into this last round. He is counting the days when these treatments are over. We are hoping he will continue to get stronger with each day.
Fr. Bradley has had a couple of Masses for Fr. Brad at Our Lady of Lourdes. In fact he took the noon ( 12:05 ) Mass on Friday when Fr. Brad had to be away. But Fr. Brad does not understand why he can’t do the 7 a.m. so that he can get a little extra sleep! On weekends the past three weeks Fr. Bradley has concelebrated Mass. The people at Lourdes are always praying for Fr. Bradley and are happy to see him at Mass.
Please continue with the prayers, the cards, and the website notes. They are very helpful and encouraging.
Fr. Bradley knows this is a big weekend at Holy Name School in Henderson. This is their Fall Festival. He wishes so much that he could be there. He sends his prayers and blessings to Mrs. Fleming, all the Faculty and Staff, the parents and all those who do a wonderful job in supporting Holy Name School. But most of all he sends his love and blessings to all those wonderful students at Holy Name School. You mean so much to Fr. Bradley. He is hoping and praying to see you soon.
May God bless all of you.
Journal update by mt for Fr Brad