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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Terminally ill priest gets 'additional assignment'

In advance of the Church's World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, the Feb. 7 issue of Our Sunday Visitor features a profile of a Wisconsin priest suffering from ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Father Dan Farley was serving as a chaplain in Afghanistan when he started having problems with his right leg. A doctor at an U.S. Army base in Germany gave him the bad news: He had the incurable, fatal neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness that eventually results in paralysis.

Father Farley told OSV he believes he has received an additional assignment from God: to let people know how much God loves them and desires his intimate union with them.

“Live in the moment and trust God is at work,” he said. “Welcome others into your journey, and commit yourself to being a person of prayer. Be open to the gifts he wishes to bestow, and rest in his peace.”

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