Thank you all for your prayer for this good and Holy man. He is my former Bishop who I love deeply. Since he was called to Saginaw, I’ve been selfishly crying because we lost him as our Shepherd. Now I’m crying for the suffering he is undergoing.
Bishop Carlson is a very unique man. He is so intellectually and administratively brilliant that it sometimes overshadowed his deep faith. He is a very confident man but this confidence doesn’t come from his great intellectual gift but from his prayer life and devotion to Scripture (he has read the Bible cover to cover every year since he became a Priest).
So much of his essence comes from a visible and tangible aura of the Holy Spirit walking with him. So many times, I saw him grasp his audience (whether it be a hurting person, a large congregation, a rich person, a poor person) and communicate to them at a level that could only be obtained through Divine presence.
Again, thank you for your prayers. I have every confidence your chorus is being joined by a larger chorus in Heaven.