St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Maybe a picture’s worth a thousand words, but first-hand experience is certainly worth more than a million! And it has been my good fortune to know Roger and Louise and witness parts of their long history of working together to overcome many debilitating and sometimes life threatening health conditions.  Throughout it all, Louise works full-time and has been able to respond to the many ups and downs which require visits to doctors and ERs, stays in hospital and care centers, whatever it takes in order to treat and surmount conditions involving Roger’s lungs, heart, nervous and circulatory systems, and, most recently a vein collapse which resulted in the necessary amputation of Roger’s left leg above the knee.


And if I had to sum it all up in one word, I’d have to say “AMAZING!” 


Yes, AMAZING, that in spite of all these health conditions, their life is not about trials and survival and focus on pains of the past, but about life and love and looking forward with grateful expectation to that special happiness that comes with love – the love of God and others.

Yes, it’s beyond words to describe. Even so, I must mention what stands out the most in my experience of Louise and Roger which is this: whenever they have the slightest opportunity to participate in our faith community activities, they are there together. Dozens of times, I’ve seen Roger come to gatherings when he was alarmingly pale and thin, short of breath and obviously disabled, but he showed up! He shows up (they show up together) because he’s a fighter, a believer, because he’s not done! The other night he was there in a wheelchair at a fundraiser for our Madonna Renewal Center Spaghetti Dinner and he had gained weight and looked even brighter with eyes sparkling and ready to take the next steps to live life to the fullest at every stage! I wouldn’t be surprised at anything that would happen along their journey together, this amazing couple!

 Take a look at this link to GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help them get their first floor remodeled for a wheelchair. And yet, remember; don’t be surprised if, down the line, you see that Roger has (as he told me the other night) “learned how to dance.” All glory to God.

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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