I barely made it through the two Sunday masses.  After the mass, my friend, the altar boy, took this crucifix down off the wall and challenged me to carry this cross with me where ever I go.  Then he said he is going to carry a larger one where ever he goes.  What a great gift.  IMG_5013

I am no longer taking sleeping pill or sertraline, (zoloft).  The side effects were worse than what I was going through.  I slept last night on and off and have much less anxiety.
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 .  So I am happy I am doing a little better.  I have hope.

IMG_5012 IMG_5011 IMG_5010Yesterday, many wonderful people from the parish came to stay with me and to give me massages, ate food and sang songs.  They kept me company and happy.

My only problem now is that I am very constipated and can not eat because there is no room in my stomach.  So keep praying for me.  I said Latin Mass, but I barely made it through the mass.
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  Mornings are the most difficult times.

11 Replies to “Cross”

  1. So glad you are off the pills! And most likely they caused your constipation. Drink lots of water.
    Stay strong in the Lord, Father, we are praying for you to the Virgin.

  2. Father,
    Eat a bunch of pineapple and take a few magnesium pills (you can buy them at any grocery store) and you will get rid of that constipation by the morning! God bless you. We are praying for you out in Michigan.

    1. for constipation: water, sunflower seeds, plus yogurt! INDEED pills are not for anxiety. JESUS is. We must never reduce the spiritual life for chemicals and genes. Just saw a billboard that stated: gambling? it not a character problem, but a chemical problem. INDEED so many believe all this, and look what happened thus to the confessional line

  3. I love that altar boy! I have problems sleeping sometimes and when my alarm goes off for work, I think of the apostles asleep in the garden who could not watch one hour with our Lord and I rejoice to be awake praying the Rosary. Sleep is over rated. Bishop Sheen said that the great saints slept and ate very little. As soon as I stopped caring if I slept or not, I started sleeping more. I think He wanted me to detach from my love of sleeping. I pray this trial ends soon, but I know it’s for your salvation. Pax, k.

  4. Dear Fr. Carota,

    My family and I have been thinking and praying for you the past several weeks. I think you are suffering from vocation burnout. It is really easy to put everyone else first but I do not think God would want you to neglect your health. You need to take time to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate yourself. My heart really goes out to you because I know what it is like to suffer burnout. I made the mistake of priding myself in thinking I could do everything when I was a Catholic School Principal. I thought I could I could take on any challenge with minimal help until it finally caught up with me shortly after the school closed. In fact, God probably knew I could not keep going on at the same pace with little support.
    The one thing that really amazed me is how emotional stress is just as damaging if not more damaging than physical stress on the body. If you couple all that, with the way things are going on in the world, it is no wonder you are suffering. There were a few things that really helped me. First, I had to realize that God was in control at all times. He knows the good work we are doing but He does not want us to get weak and worn out. Secondly, it is prideful to think we can do it “all “ without the help or support of others. Remember the devil loves to prey on vanity. I totally understand that there are many things that only a priest with consecrated hands can do such as the Latin Mass, the Sacraments, and bringing communion to the sick and elderly. I am sure it is a very difficult vocation. In addition, I cannot even begin to understand the sacrifices priests make with the vow of celibacy. That said, you can take comfort in knowing that there are so many others in the world suffering similar if not worse circumstances. Once again, no one is perfect but God.
    Please take time to gather your strength otherwise, the next time you succumb it will be even harder to recover. Take a vacation, it is ok and we will all be waiting for you when you come back. Remember God rewarded Job for his faithfulness, and you of all people need the break. As I stated in previous postings, we need you Fr. Carota. You have helped so many of us in the Catholic cyber world. Like I said in the past, you may be experiencing what St. John of the Cross termed the “dark night of the soul”. You are going through a “ season “and I pray to God that he will heal you and bring you out stronger on the other side.
    Pax Christi,

  5. Fr. Carota, Even tho’ I eat lots of raw veggies and fruits daily, I’ve had constipation for a long time. Nothing corrected it until my doctor said to use MAGNESIUM CITRATE. It’s perfectly harmless. I buy it at the lowest price on Amazon. The brand is “Pure Encapsulations” in a bottle of 180 capsules. The doctor said start with 4 capsules and a glass of water before bed, then 4 again each morning before eating, until things get moving. He said, “You’ll know when it’s time to cut back.” For the past 7 years I’ve used it nightly and some mornings, too. It works great and is safe!
    praying for you, Sailor

  6. Dear Father Carota:

    I did not know that you were struggling with health issues.

    My prayers are with you for your complete healing.

    A vacation sounds in order for you Father Carota. A quiet place where you can have some peace and quiet and no responsibilities for a while. Pax Christi.

  7. Dear Father, I am praying for you. Your blog is inspirational to me. I second the use of Magnesium supplement. Take it every day it will keep you regular.

  8. Our family thinks of you often. You will be in our prayers. Being holy requires the cross. All our love. The Orth family

  9. Dear Father,

    My Dad has been using psyllium husks for years to keep digestive system regular, and i have added it to my diet in the last two years, it is wonderful and all natural.
    In the past when i have needed help to sleep i have taken valerian root tincture and have had very good results.

    God bless you Father

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