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A Plea to My Readers for Patience

Due to an unforeseen illness, I have not been active in Examiner columns this week.
Due to an unforeseen illness, I have not been active in Examiner columns this week.

My Dear Faithful Readers:

There is much for Catholics to focus on – and celebrate – during the month of May. I wouldn't even know where to start! Feast Days include Our Lady of Fatima, St. Philip Neri, St. Joan of Arc, Ascension Day, the Feast of the Visitation, and various May crowning ceremonies.

Unfortunately, it may be a while before I can share any of that with you. I haven't written a column in a week, and since that time, I've come down with a horrible head cold that has robbed me of the ability to do many of the things I enjoy. Indeed, it's also made it problematic to write another article this week. During a rare moment of serenity, when I can breathe through one of my nostrils, I decided to write this down. Now you have been informed of the situation.

Head colds are a funny thing. Ideally, I should back up and running at full speed in just a few days, though this latest head cold has proven to be a particularly brutal one. I haven't gotten a decent night's sleep in three days, and that's even after petitioning for a restful sleep during Eucharist Adoration on Friday. Simply put, I am exhausted, and worn out. If it gets any worse, I might need anointing of the sick.

Please keep me in your prayers over the following few days, and when I am back up on my feet, you will be the first to know it. I look forward to sharing many other Catholic themed columns for the month of May. However, for the time being, my efforts can be best served by hitting the sack and getting some much needed shut eye.

Thank you for all your support and interest in my columns over the years, and I hope to write again soon!

Bill M. Leubscher

Chicago Catholic Examiner

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