On 31 January
of last year, I slipped and fell on wet pavement, landing on my upper back.
After several months of hoping it would heal on its own, I had nine hours of
spinal reconstruction surgery in early August. While I am still going to
physical therapy, I am deeply aware I have been given a new lease on life.
Fundamentally, I am filled with gratitude.
Of course, I
thank my surgeon for her wonderful work; more than that, she postponed her vacation
a day so that I wouldn’t have to wait for her return.
I am deeply
grateful to a worldwide network of people praying for me from the time I fell
up until now. Their prayers felt and feel tangible to me – literally supporting
me through the ups and downs of waiting and recovery.
also faithful visitors and communicators during those months: Jesuits, family,
and friends from different parts of my life. I would not necessarily have
guessed who they would be, and I was amazed at how much their visits and
staying in touch meant.
The past year
was also a privileged time spiritually. God was very close during this time of
poor health. God’s presence let me see the graces given and shared by so many
people. The reverse is also true; their care showed me the face of God.
All in all, I
am deeply grateful.
accompaniment Tom experienced during his convalescence is what we are all
encouraged to offer on this special day and throughout the year.