|Arturo Olivas- Queen of Angels|
My artist friend Arturo Francisco Olivas (Blog 7/26/12)) just got a reprieve from a "death sentence" 16 months ago from stage 4 lung cancer. This week his oncologist told him that MRI’s indicate there are no new metastases, and his tumors are shrinking. The doctor wants to see Arturo less frequently and said his current treatment has been so effective that his cancer could remain in abeyance for another 2-3 years. He hopes that by that time there will be new advances in cancer treatment that Arturo will be eligible for.
"Arturo has a good life, and he really enjoys his life. This comes not from the pursuit of pleasures and self-gratification, but through having a sense of purpose and from being of service to others. He continues... with a joy of living, sense of purposefulness, and continued compassion towards the misfortunes of others. Last Sunday, he took a dozen knit caps downtown to distribute among the homeless."
|A. Olivas- Trinity|
"We had a great conversation about our prayers, and the way we feel about faith. Both of us independently had come to the point of accepting God's will, trusting Him, and not railing against reality. We received an encouraging note from our good friend, Mother Dilecta of Our Lady of the Rock, that contained that very same message: There is great comfort in--"Be it done unto me according to thy will." During Advent we read from a book by Richard John Neuhaus every evening, and the reading focused on the same thing in a beautiful way. The combination of those three messages was very powerful, and comforting, to us. We are not giving up; we are just accepting and moving forward with hope and love." (Carole)
|Dave (middle) & Carole (right) with Oblates & OLR Community|
While Arturo ministers to his 3rd Order Franciscan Community, cares for the poor, and provides us with more of his amazing art, and Dave and Carole are active in their parish as well as Oblates to us, we can only be inspired by their faith and hope and love.