Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAY BRIEFING -

Pas­tor Rick War­ren was briefly hos­pi­tal­ized be­cause of an eye in­jury he suf­fered while gar­den­ing at home.

War­ren spokesman Larry Ross said the sap of a fire­stick plant got into War­ren’s eyes when he wiped his brow while gar­den­ing. The sap can cause tem­po­rary blind­ness, al­though Ross said War­ren can see.

The 56-year-old sent a mes­sage to his Twit­ter fol­low­ers Thurs­day ask­ing for their prayers. “My eyes were se­verely burned,” War­ren wrote. “Ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain.”

He is the author of the mul­ti­mil­lion-sell­ing book “Pur­pose Driven Life.”

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