When Medical Emergencies Turn Out to be Emotional Emergencies

Come to me, all you who are wary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.

Come to me, all you who are wary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.

On Tuesday, at the end of mass in La Colonia, the children just took off running!  One might have thought an ice cream truck had magically appeared in town.  Apparently, "word" had spread through the community that a woman who lived in a hut at the edge of town had died.  Father Luta was rushed to her bedside to administer last rites (The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick).  Doctors and nurses hurried to her also.  

Dr. Lourdes Flanagan determined that Maria Magdalena, in her forties, needed to be brought to the clinic (housed in the chapel).  Carried by a stretcher fashioned out of a blanket, she was examined and determined to be alive but unconscious.  After coming to, she was stabilized and then returned home.  

The next day upon their arrival in La Colonia, our team of doctors along with Father Luta made a "house call".  They visited with Maria Magdalena and she said:  "Let me tell you the truth."  She then told them that this also happened about 22 days ago.  While talking to her, she said the attacks have happened many times over the years. She thinks this last one was brought on by an upsetting incident.  Someone had come to her house very early that morning to demand that she tell them the whereabouts of her drug-addict son.  This has caused her extreme distress and she has a constant worry about her son.  

She was given nourishment, a time of prayer and a blessing with Father and those in the small group who made this medical and spiritual house-call.  Maria's son is named Augustine and we told her about St. Monica and her son St. Augustine.  We pray that our words have given her HOPE.  Later that day, Kathleen Stahl, (who couldn't help but glance down the road several times that day for signs of life at Maria's home) noticed that Maria was up and moving about in her yard.