URGENT ACTION ITEM: Note from long-time reader who is dying

I received a note from a long-time reader and comment contributor, Supertradmum …

I have been in hospital again because one of my lungs with cancer is failing. This means that the fluid which builds up and was expelled every other day has not continued. If the respiratory team cannot correct this as the lung is too damaged I have days to weeks to live. I am on oxygen almost constantly.

Pray please for me to make a holy death. I have been too attached to this wonderful beautiful world including all you my wonderful friends. I have been blessed in my friends. I need your prayers. Please remember me. I love you all more than i can say.

She asks prayers as well for her son.

Dear readers, new and perennial, we are in this together.

Perhaps in your goodness you will offer prayers and mortifications for our struggling sister.

I will say Mass for her intention this afternoon at 1630 EDT.

Meanwhile, allow me to say…


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  1. Lurker 59 says:

    You have my prayers!

  2. VexillaRegis says:

    Dear Lovely Supertradmom! I will pray for you and for your good son as will St Etheldreda, on my request. I have missed you tremendously on here and I weep as I write this.


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  4. acardnal says:

    SuperTradmum, sorry to hear of your illness. I will pray for you and your intentions.

  5. bibi1003 says:

    Memorares for you and your son, Supertradmum.

  6. stuart reiss says:

    Promise of prayers and the recommendation of St Alphonsus de Liguori for a practical preparation for death. And a plea to remember us in your prayers too.

  7. Charivari Rob says:

    Definitely praying for her and her family (and her medical team, too).

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Prayers for Supertradmum and her son.

  9. catholiccomelately says:

    Supertradmom, prayers for you and your son. Thanks for all you have shared in the past within this community. May our prayers and the amazing Grace of our Lord Jesus carry you through these coming weeks into His heavenly home.

  10. dahveed says:

    I’m adding you and your son to my regular and Rosary intentions.

  11. Sandy says:

    With tears in my eyes I ask St. Joseph, patron of a happy death, to assist you in this time. May your son be comforted by the Blessed Mother’s arms around him.

  12. BrionyB says:

    I will offer my Rosary and litany for you and your son; may Our Lady comfort and strengthen you both, whatever the coming weeks may bring.

    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.

    And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new.”

  13. Ellen says:

    I will offer the rosary tonight for you and and your son. May God be with you.

  14. benedetta says:

    Praying for you, dear Supertradmum!

  15. aegsemje says:

    I am on my way to adoration now. I will pray for her and her son there.

  16. TomG says:

    Prayers for this dear lady.

  17. Mike says:

    Goodness! How sad. I’ve been away from this blog a bit but surely remember STM!

    I’ll pray for her and her son. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in thee, pray for us!

  18. KateriK says:

    Dear Supertradmum,
    Please be assured of my prayers and sufferings offered for you and your son. Please pray for me as well. I hope to meet you someday, God-willing,in Heaven! May the Divine Mercy fill your heart and soul!

  19. GHP says:

    Prayers out for you, dear lady!


  20. NancyP says:

    Praying for you and your son, Supertradmum, in gratitude for all you have shared with us here and in hope that God will make His will known to you and that you will be surrounded by love and strength from those who love you and from the holy saints in Heaven.

  21. DebbieInCT says:

    Praying the rosary for you, Supertradmum, and your son.

  22. jaykay says:

    Dear Supertradmum, I will offer the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy for you and your son. God bless and strengthen you.

  23. capchoirgirl says:

    Special rosary for you, Supertradmum!

  24. The Masked Chicken says:

    Dear Supertradmum,

    I have been thinking, recently, about all of the people who have be a part of this blog and how we do not hear from them much, any more. Those early days were very special to me. I am so sorry to learn that your hour may be approaching, but I will keep you in my prayers for either a miracle of healing or the grace of a holy death. I will ask some Carmelites I know to do the same. You are very precious to us, you know. Thank you for everything and know that we love you. You have more spiritual children than you know.

    The Chicken

  25. chantgirl says:

    Prayers for you! You have taught me much over the years, especially concerning the need to pass on to our children a solid knowledge of history and the faith. If it weren’t for you, I doubt I would have a little Etheldreda of my own.


  26. grateful says:

    May you have a grace-filled holy birth into eternal life.
    May the angels escort you to our heavenly Mother, and may our Blessed Mother introduce
    you to her Son.
    May your son’s grief be shortened by the overflowing graces that you will shower upon him from heaven.
    Jesus, I trust in You.
    ps Say hello to St. JPII

  27. DavidJ says:


    You’ll absolutely be in my prayers. Knowing you since back in the Onerock days, I’ve always appreciated your take on things. You and your family will certainly be remembered.


  28. gretta says:

    Will be praying for you. God Bless, STM.

  29. NBW says:

    SuperTradmum, I am praying for you and your son. Thank you for all the wonderful things you have written. You have helped so many of us!

  30. Andreas says:

    Dear Supertradmum;

    We are most grieved to learn of your failing health. But be comforted in that you are surrounded by so many here, some from so very far away, whom you have never met, but who, from your words over the years, have come to know and (as you can see from the messages here) care about you. You and yours are indeed in our thoughts and prayers.

  31. SuperTrad says:

    I will definitely pray for you and for your son, Supertradmum. May God reward you and keep you close to his heart for all eternity.

  32. Diane says:

    Supertradmum my thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult days. May you be filled with peace and know God’s loving glance as you deal with these tough times. God Bless you and all those who know and love you well.

  33. Kathleen10 says:

    Supertradmum, I am typing this through tears, it is pretty incredible how having never met, yet we can make friends in such a situation as commenting in a combox. My heart is heavy to hear you are not well, my next rosary will be entirely for you and you will be in my prayers. So many times I have benefited from your commentary here as I’m sure many do! May you feel God’s presence and obtain peace and comfort, amen, and for your dear son as well, amen.

  34. PostCatholic says:

    SuperTradMom has a keen mind and a generous spirit. I enjoyed debating with her here and I’m sorry to hear about her predicament. I hope for the best possible outcome, whatever that may mean.

  35. Therese says:

    May God bless you! Remember us, pray for us, when your journey is done. We shall certainly pray for you, Marie.

  36. Midwest St. Michael says:

    Dearest Marie,

    I have been praying for you every day at work through the intercession of St. Peregrine. It grieves me to hear of this news. :^(

    I am off work tomorrow and I will definitely offer you up at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at my parish. I recall all those years ago how I *loved* coming here to Fr. Z’s and reading your posts (and, of course, *all* of your entries at your blog).

    I will be thinking and praying for you, and your son, when I travel to see the team that gave us Stan the Man tomorrow evening (one of your favorites, I recall). With tears in my eyes I say May the Lord bless you and Mary keep you.


  37. Geoffrey says:

    I remember Supertradmum. You are in my prayers. Memorare…

  38. RosaryRose says:

    Praying for you Supertradmum and for your son. I will be bold and pray for a miracle healing, God willing. We need your wisdom and strength. If God is calling you now, I pray for a holy death and final perseverance for you! ?? May Our Mother Mary cover you in her mantle.

  39. Oh, I remember Supertradmum! I will pray!

  40. oldCatholigirl says:

    Praying for Supertradmum and her son.

  41. I offer the remaining 8 days of the novena I’m celebrating to Good St Anne for your intention, Supertradmom.

  42. Mariana2 says:

    I had been wondering if we would ever hear from dear Supertradmum again. Very sorry to read this, but daily chaplets of the Divine Mercy coming up from today.

  43. TonyO says:


  44. SuperTradMum, teary-eyed to hear your news, fellow commenter. Golly. Prayers and offering up of my sufferings for you.
    Trust in Jesus no matter what the temptations are.

  45. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Praying for you and for your son, Supertradmum! We love you, but He loves you more.

  46. Liz says:

    Supertradmom, we will add you to our rosaries and I will offer my mass and Holy Communion for you today, for the grace of a happy death. St. Joseph, pray for us!

  47. TKS says:

    Thank you for your excellent posts over the years. I am praying for you and your son.

  48. trespinos says:

    Praying for you and your son today, Supertradmom, with gratitude for your eminently good example shown in the use of this medium. “Death may come, in Love’s safe keeping/Still we abide …”

  49. kat says:

    I always enjoyed your posts. Prayers!!

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