I drove down to see him yesterday (12+ hours in total both ways). His mother is apparently some sort of "new" flavor of messianic Jew mixed with charismatic mumbo jumbo. There were a bunch of women wearing talliths as shawls and a "faith healer" trying to speak the cancer out of his body in tongues, "slaying each other in the spirit," "holy laughter" and in general having a pentecostal dog and pony show around his deathbed. I told him that I loved him, asked his forgiveness for not staying in touch, gave him some holy water (with my priest's blessing) and left. They tried to wrap me into the whole thing because the tallith women thought I was Jewish because of my first name. All I did was tell him that healing is supposed to be of soul AND body, and that healing of the soul is more important. I hope his mom doesn't throw away the holy water, she thought her faith healer and his holy oil was all he needed. Josh was ignored for the "revival" that was occurring around him. I stuck out like a sore thumb for not participating. I am really glad that my two eldest weren't there to witness the spectacle. I am fairly sure they waited to start until we arrived (my brothers and two youngest came with me). My aunt Mary is NOT supportive of my conversion, so I think she was hoping to "save" me. And I am fairly sure the faith healer was asked to target me since he kept asking me if I wanted to be baptized in the holy spirit. Normally I would have argued about where he was offbase, but this wasn't the time or place.
Thank you for your prayers. If you could pray for a peaceful end to Josh's life despite the "fight with death" his mother is orchestrating daily that would be wonderful. He isn't going to be able to end his life in a peaceful setting since his mom is "believing" he will be healed, I hope he can have a peaceful spiritual end.
He speaks by squeezing your hand in affirmations, and he forgave me for not staying in contact. I let him know I love him and kissed his hand, that was all I could do. I hope it was of help to him.
I am sad I had to miss Pentecost in my home parish by attending this "event." I really love Pentecost, I even helped create the greenery all day last Friday this year! I wanted to see my handiwork in place on the iconostasis, but this was a better thing to do. I have some measure of peace that I let him know that I love him despite being out of contact.