By Jay Nies
Father Edwin Schmidt, pastor of St. Martin parish in St. Martins, is asking for prayers as he undergoes chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
He said the treatments are leaving him tired but hopeful.
Consulting recently with two very competent cancer doctors — one in Columbia and one in St. Louis — the priest found out that cancer has returned and spread to several organs of his body.
He previously was treated successfully for cancer of the esophagus.
He is aware that his condition is serious, but he is hopeful that God will help restore his health if it is His will to do so.
“I believe in miracles,” said Fr. Schmidt. “I also believe that death is just an invitation to go live with God. I’m okay with that.”
The priest remains hard at work in ministry at St. Martin parish in-between heading to Columbia for treatment.
He believes that with prayers and under his doctors’ care, he will be able to continue serving the people of his parish, who have become his second family.
He said parishioners have been tremendously kind, supportive and helpful.
“I really want for nothing,” he said. “Except prayers. Please keep praying!”
For intercession in heaven, he turns to St. Lucy, St. Peregrine Laziosi, St. John Vianney, Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton, his own parents, fellow priests, former parishioners and a host other people whose lives have given him inspiration.
He paraphrased St. Paul’s statement to the Philippians (Chapter 1) that he wants to serve God in this life and also to be with Him in the next, and that he cannot do both at the same time.
So like Paul, he’s leaving it in God’s hands.