We decided to spend Christmas with our aged parents (parents in law) in Johor Baru.
The pre-holiday traffic was not heavy but rained heavily along the highway after Melaka. It was cloudy in Johor Baru with intermittent drizzle, cooling the temperature.
Arrived at Johor Baru at about 3:00 pm. A SMS from Sibu informing me that a Catholic brother was admitted to ICU in Hospital UKM (HUKM) Cheras in critical condition and needed a priest to administer the Sacrament of Anointing (to give Christ's blessing and spiritual strength to the sick and dying) .
Contacted priests in St. Francis Asisi Church in Cheras which is nearest to HUKM through call and SMS. Fr. Andrew Manikam responded immediately. He was in Kuala Lumpur attending some matters but will be at the hospital in about 2 hours time. He requested members of the family to wait for him at the ICU.
At 5:25 pm, received SMS from Fr. Andrew informing me that Sacrament of Anointing had been administered to the patient John Tang.
Grateful thanks from the family and myself for Fr. Andrew's quick response to the need of the sick.
May Christmas brings joy and hope to all. God bless our priests.