I met “My Two Johns” when they were in bed. John No. 1 was in a hospital at the tail end of a July 4th weekend. In pain, he feared appendicitis. Within a short time it was determined that this was more serious. He had a mass in his colon and was facing surgery in the morning.
Fearing the worst, he wanted a priest to give him Holy Communion. Given the holiday, a priest was not to be found in the hospital or for a time anywhere else. A friend who knew of the situation called me and asked if I could bring the Eucharist to this young man. When I determined that it was his request and not that of his parents, I said, “Yes, give me a few minutes.”
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