I am so grateful for all these responses. Michael and I spoke today and he sounded very “organized,” as they say in the biz, especially compared to when he went in last week.
I’ve had the privilege of being with him daily, most all day long, since this began. I’m self employed and have juggled and dropped work as needed to run point for him. Scary, like you pointed out, Sandra? Definitely. But I’m not kidding at all to say that the grace has been so supercharged that I hardly notice anything but the confluence of help, hope, and goodness.
There’s a story behind the story that some of you may like - this lad is a prime mover in my own ongoing conversion. My wife and I brought up 4 kids in an absolutely Universalist/Interfaith environment, and have always considered our life and marriage sacred, but when he hit 16 (after a few years that would have made St Augustine blush) he announced he wanted to be Roman Catholic: :eek: :shrug: :hmmm: - our reactions went something like that. But we certainly supported him, drove him to RCIA (too old for CDC), and anything else that was needed. I will admit we already knew St John of the Cross, Blessed Julian of Norwich, the ever controversial Meister Eckhart - all favored sources of inspiration - but taking him to church started working me into a new place, as did the obvious sincerity of his unblinking faith… now I’m starting RCIA in September myself. So this is my buddy, my kid, and my spiritual mentor we’re praying for!