Prayers Answered & on the road again with Tom & Sue

 

 We want to thank you all for your prayers.  Thanks to my wonderful wife, Susan, the prayer warrior, half the world was again praying to St. John Paul II on my behalf. 
 
In March I had a pet scan and a small area of the upper lobe of my liver (close to the last tumor) showed hot (potentially cancerous).  After an MRI, it was confirmed that 2 small tumors were present.  After several consultations including surgery and some fun time in the hospital we were directed to a Dr Hall in Jupiter Hospital to discuss a Y-90 treatment.  (Radioactive  Spherese into the affected area).
 
The Dr. agreed that I was a good candidate and scheduled me for a mapping of the liver to the tumors via catheter through the groin to see if the treatment would work.  I had this done on April 18 and we had to wait for the results. UGH!  Fortunately  1 hour after we got home we got a call to be scheduled the following Wed. A great relief compared to the alternative of surgery. 
 
The day before this procedure Susan had a small procedure for a tendon problem and had to wear a brace on her wrist. It wasn’t bad and she said she could still nurse me when we got home on Tues and she did until around 1 am when she went to the bath room and fell down and hurt herself.  She wasn’t going to tell me but her moaning and groaning gave her away.  I couldn’t even help her sit up and I wasn’t supposed to drive for 24 hours so I called an ambulance.  They wanted her to get an x-ray so off she went to the hospital.  I told the EMT’s about the procedure I had just had and they told me I should stay home and get someone to pick her up in 3-4 hours.  I tried to sleep and did so for about 2-3 hours and then got up and went to get her.  I did bring a sweater but forgot the shoes so they gave Susan socks to go home in.  I’m sure they cost $200.
 
I drove with 2 feet so I wouldn’t strain the groin area and open the artery and got my honey home.  The funny thing was that the patient then became the nurse and we survived.  Just another normal day in the Melillo household!
 
The next Tues we got a call that we had to reschedule for Thursday since the wrong dose of radiation beads was sent.  We were not happy until we remembered that Thursday was the anniversary day of the Canonization of St. John Paul II and the birthday of his best friend Cardinal Dziwisz whom we have been honored to be with several times.  I think we were both relaxed on our way to the hospital.  The procedure took less than an hour and we were home for lunch. Praise God and thank you St. John Paul.
 
The Doctor was very happy with the procedure and gave us the all clear to go on our pilgrimage which will happen, God willing, on May 21st.  I have to go back in 3 months for a scan.   And the good news is I feel great, no side affects or any discomfort.  The bad news is my steroid prescription runs out today also Susan and I have to sleep in seperate rooms for 5 days and can’t even kiss goodnight so we fist bump. Real romantic!
 
We all know someone with cancer, so if you do and they would like to talk about it have them e-mail us and we would be happy to share all of Susan’s research and the procedures we went through.  Many times doctors don’t tell the patient they have options with this newer technology of today and it is a scary time when you get that diagnosis.  Our faith keeps us calm and we thank God for each day as it comes.  As someone said “no one is getting out of here alive”
 
Our 9th pilgrimage this year (33 days) will include our first week spent in Spain.  Sam, our kid from last year’s trip asked to go. Last year in the holy land changed him and we are happy to have him and he has met our friends we will again see at Prado Nuevo.  We will also venture into the mountains to Garabandal and 2 other shrines along the way.
 
From the Shrine at Prado Nuevo …
 Taken recently by our dear friend, Tony,
at the Ash Tree Where Our Blessed Mother first appeared:.
 
 
Then it’s on to Poland for 25 days for Susan and I (Sam has to go home) and a typical road tour for us, a little less aggressive than past years, but with lots of beautiful places to go to and special friends to see. 
 
As we requested before please send any prayer request you have as many have already done. The shrines we will visit are almost all known for miraculous events and healings over the years.   Just pray along with us as we go and have great faith in the Lord and Mary His Mother. Many prayers thru miracles have been answered on these journeys and as Fr. Scott said in his homily Sat morning “Many miracles happen everyday around us, sometimes we realize it and other times we let them just pass by as chance or luck.”
 
Hopefully you will start getting trip reports on May 21st and daily throughout the trip.  We love having all of you as company along with the angelic guard that seems to always be with us.  If you are a new and would like to read past trip reports you can go to thecatholictravelguide.com  Hit the BLOG button and scroll down to Tom and Sue Pilgrimages from past years.  They have covered and saved many of our trips through the years.
 
Well that’s it until we depart.  Again thank you for all your prayers and notes, they do work, and we will continue to pray for all of you daily.
 
Love Mary!  Our Blessed Mother.
She is loveable, faithful, constant.
 
She will never let herself be outdone in love,
but will ever remain supreme.
 
If you are in danger,
She will hasten to free you.
 
If you are troubled,
She will console you.
 
If you are sick,
She will bring you relief.
 
If you are in need,
She will help you.
 
She does not look to see
what kind of person you have been.
 
She simply comes to a heart
that wants to love her.
 
She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you,
embraces you and consoles you.
 
She will even be at hand to
accompany you on the trip to eternity.
 
_meditation of St. Gabriel Possenti      

                                                                       

 
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God Bless You Always,
Tom & Susan Melillo

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Archbishop Sheen’s body to be moved to Peoria, Illinois

In a strange legal battle, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s body has been in New York.  The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he was originally ordained has been fighting to have his body returned.  He was born in El Paso, Texas.

The Peoria Diocese has spearheaded a campaign for sainthood for Sheen, who became renowned as television’s first televangelist. In fact his Saturday night show in the 50’s at one time aired opposite Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra…..and he bested them both!

In the sainthood process, a custom of the canonization comes into play: the remains of a saint get buried at the site of where the sainthood petition began — in this case, Peoria.  Sheen’s remains would be interred in a marble crypt to be built near the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, where hewas ordained as a priest.

Sheen, who died at age 84 in 1979, is buried in the crypt under the sanctuary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

 

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Holy Doors of Mercy Closing Soon..here is where to find one

Although Pope Francis has declared that the Year of Mercy will end November 20, 2016, some dioceses in various countries are closing their Holy Doors before that….this weekend, in fact.

You don’t want miss this unique opportunity for Catholics to obtain a plenary indulgence (provided other criteria are met)

Click here for a list of Holy Doors around the world.

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Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit comes to Dallas Texas

You could view Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, sure. Or, you could see replicas of those works of art at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Photographs show Michelangelo's work in its original size.

Photographs show Michelangelo’s work in its original size.

Gabriel Ioana, GIO Photography

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition makes its first stop in the United States in Dallas on Sept. 30, the opening day of the State Fair.  The exhibit will run through October 23, the end of the Fair; however, it may be extended on through December.  

Admission is in addition to the State Fair admission, and is $8 per adult.    General Admission to the exhibition is $8; children 6 and under are admitted for free.  Cheaper than the airfare to Rome.

 

VIP tickets are $35 and include a guided audio tour from 7-9 p.m., champagne and access to the balcony for fireworks viewing,

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New entry requirement now transiting through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

New entry requirements for those flying to or through Canada go in to effect on Sept 30, 2016.  New entry requirement: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).  

Those traveling by land or sea are not required to have this form.

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Your prayers answered…Tom is cancer free

Hi:
 

To all of you who have been so diligently praying for me, I can’t express right now how I feel. Many of you I know and so many I haven’t met but I have felt the power of your prayers.
 
Today, Susan and I got the results of the Pet Scan I had last week.  Susan was a basket case as we waited in the Doctor’s office for him to come in. I was mostly calm just trusting in God’ plan no matter what the outcome.  When the doctor came in and wanted to hug me, I knew.  Your prayers were answered. The tumor was gone and there is no evidence of cancer in my body from the top of my head to my knees.
 
It is still surreal after almost a year of so many tests and procedures and negativity, that the path we took would not work. 
We believe that by the power of prayer we were guided down the path we took.  We also believe that this Miracle will strengthen the Faith and Hope of many people.
 
I would like to talk to each and everyone of you to thank your for love, support and prayers that I offered up each day to Our Blessed Mother for so many others in need, and I continue to pray for each and every one of you every day.
 
I have to thank Susan most of all for her diligence, determination and unbelievable love for me, for getting us into these programs that we did and for getting so many people to pray.  She has touched the hearts of many but none no greater that mine.  I love you honey, more than you know, thank you.
 
May St. John Paul II intercede for you in all your needs.
 
 
God bless all of you
 
Tom

 

Tom & Susan Melillo
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Prayer for the Intercession of
Saint John Paul
II

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
For having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
The tenderness of your fatherly care,
The glory of the Cross of Christ
And the splendor of the Spirit of love
To shine through him.

Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
And in the maternal intercession of Mary,
He has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.

He has shown us that holiness
Is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
Achieving eternal communion with you.

Grant us, by his intercession,
And according to your will,
The graces we implore …
Especially (State your Intention Here)
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Prayer Works … Trust Me (Susan)

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Holland America still stops in Istanbul…and you should too

With terrorism concerns everywhere, it is often easy to over-react. Many cruise lines have now cancelled their port calls in Istanbul…..one of the world’s most exotic cities.  We feel this is un-necessary, as incidents can happen anywhere.  In fact, the Paris bombing claimed more victims than Istanbul, yet we don’t see large flight cancellations to Paris.

We applaud Holland America for not following suit and continuing to offer this great port of call.  Holland America’s Eurodam is due to spend the night of July 22; and that port of call is still on the books, according to the line. In a statement, the line said: “Holland America Line is closely monitoring the situation in Turkey. The company analyzes information regarding safety and security from many sources, which includes liaising with government intelligence agencies and on-the-ground port security assessments. We are assessing our upcoming scheduled visits to Istanbul. Should any decisions be made regarding itinerary changes, it will be closer to the scheduled call date and communicated with booked guests and their travel agents. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.”

And remember, Holland America has a Catholic priest on every cruise.

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Official approval of Marian Apparition San Nicholas Argentina

At what would later become the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in San Nicholas, Argentina, a woman reported receiving many messages from the Blessed Mother.  The apparitions began in Autumn of 1983 and continued through February of 1990.  On May 22, 2016, the local Bishop gave official approval of the apparitions as “worthy of belief”

Here is his pronouncement:

Dear Brother Bishops:

Twelve years as pastor in San Nicolas and having followed this Marian event with faith and responsibility, I know from the beginning have grown in the decision to admit to my diocese.

I worked in consultation with experts and witnesses and aware that the duty to monitor or intervene rests primarily with the local ordinary, I assume, as the bishops who preceded me, the decision to support, guide and testify about this event in San Nicolas.

I judged the fact according to two criteria: Positives and negatives and in both cases there were no errors.

I discerned on three specific criteria, namely:

Event Is naturally occurring? Can it be work of the enemy? Is it supernatural origin? And the answers to these questions left me sure that it is the real and positive fruit exceeding mere human action.

On the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy of the pilgrims from the Diocese, I announce this valid decision for the flock which I guide and accompany with it the presentation of a book entitled “SPIRITUAL SCHOOL OF SANTA MARIA DEL ROSARIO DE SAN NICOLAS” highlighting the most important teachings in the messages she gives us for our commitment to everything he tells us because he is the culmination of revelation.

I promulgated it this Sunday, May 22 at the Mass for pilgrims from the Marian Shrine and celebrating this jubilee on the seventh anniversary of his coronation.

Thus:

On those assertions, AND AS DIOCESAN BISHOP ENTITLED TO THIS KIND OF STATEMENT; MOTIVATED BY A SENSE OF AWARENESS FAIR DECREE WITH MORAL CERTAINTY, GOOD INTENT AND HOPE; FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS OF INSIGHT SUGGESTED BY THE HOLY SEE; SEEKING GREATER GLORY AND THE SAKE OF OUR CHURCH; CALLING ON THE NAME OF GOD ALMIGHTY FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, THE NAME OF MARY OF THE ROSARY OF SAN NICOLAS, IS YOUR HUSBAND SAN JOSE, ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER OF HAPPY EVENTS WITH GOD THROUGH HIS FAVORITE DAUGHTER JESUS ??THROUGH HIS MOTHER MARY, THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH HIS LOVELY WIFE, WANTED TO MANIFEST HERELF LOVINGLY IN OUR DIOCESE

FINALLY AND HOW THE HOLY MOTHER HAS TO HEAVEN ON BEHALF OF ALL THE DIOCESE, THAT IS IT, BY THE EVER QUEEN AND LADY OF SAN NICOLAS DE ARROYOS
.
On the 22nd day of the month of may of 2016

OBISPO MONSEÑOR HÉCTOR SABATINO CARDELLI 

(TRANSLATION BY MiracleHunter.com)

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