Dr. Randall Abele

Dr. Randall Abele

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Prayer is a constant companion with Dr. Randall Abele. A deacon and Edmonton urologist, Abele says, "Prayer is essential. You're walking with God and you always want to be walking where he wants you to be walking.

"You pray to have contentment in your heart, peace in your heart about your life."

Prayer, he said, is something that comes out of faith.

"If you believe in God, if you believe in Christ, you automatically are praying because you not only want to thank him, but you need to ask for blessings and favours in your own life and the lives of other people."

Prayer brings us a wondrous power, said the physician.

"There is the constant awareness of who he is and who we are: It connects us with God."

He had wondrous proof of that with one of his patients. While practising in Ottawa, Abele was presented with a patient with a huge bladder tumour.

"It did not look very good, to be honest. He and I prayed together for his healing."

The tumour was so huge it had to be taken out in two stages.

"But the beautiful thing was it didn't seem to be going very far into the wall of the bladder," recounted Abele.

He kept his patient under surveillance for some time before moving from Ottawa to Edmonton.

On a return visit to Ottawa 20 years later, Abele saw his former patient.

"The tumour never came back," said the joyful patient.

Abele said, "To me that is the answer to prayer."

There was a lot of prayer too and a lot of listening when Abele decided to become a deacon.

"God was making it very obvious," he said.

He had a chance meeting with one of the men who had been among the first group of deacons for the archdiocese, and he mentioned this possibility to Abele.

In Ottawa, four of their friends had become deacons, but with five children and a medical practice Abele couldn't consider it.

In Edmonton, "The Lord kind of spoke to others around me – at the Marian Centre and someone who sang in the Church choir with me. It was coming from all different directions. I thought 'Maybe God is trying to tell me something.'"

So he went through the deacon's application and discernment process.

"I absolutely prayed during that time. My concern was that it was something he wanted, not something I desired out of my own heart for whatever reasons. You have to pray and listen to what he is telling you."