Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Browsing The Corner Office

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

Dear Friends,

I begin by thanking you for your warm support and encouragement over the last week since the unexpected death of my brother Don.  His death was truly a shock to all of my family and especially difficult after his wonderful recovery from the very serious car accident he was involved in January 2017.  On behalf of my family - - THANK YOU!

As I prepared his funeral homily, I asked his children, grandchildren and my brothers for a few thoughts about him.  As I read their reflections many wonderful memories went through my mind, but one word kept coming to the surface “hero”.  This reminded me of an article I wrote at the time of Tim Russert’s death in 2008.  I would like to share the article with you again.   

Are we looking for heroes?  Yes!  Are we looking for heroes who live life as a Christian?  Definitely YES!  My definitely YES is a result of all the people who came out of church last weekend with a tear in their eye and speaking so warmly about a man who could have been looked upon as “just another TV reporter”.

I write this by way of introduction on my reflections on the sad news we received a week ago Friday afternoon when we were informed of the sad and unexpected passing of Tim Russert.  Tim was first and foremost a gentle man, filled with ethics and a deep Christian faith.  Like many of you, I was always impressed with his interviews and his style; his Jesuit training at Conesus High School, Buffalo, and John Carroll University truly showed.  He proved that you can be straightforward and charitable when dealing with other people.  Tim Russert was truly a person of Christian integrity, may he rest in peace!

Each week I e-mail my Bulletin article to several people (family and friends) and I usually write a little introduction bringing them up to date on what is happening in my life.  Last week I wrote something similar to the above paragraph and this is how one person responded.  “Amen on your comment on Tim!  I imagine you were celebrating Mass while ‘Meet the Press’ was on, but Tom Brokow summed up the daily living of Christian life, that Tim did so well when he said that ‘Tim's great hope and joy was in everybody being a bit better because of an encounter with him, Tim.  Boy, I hope I think about that with all I meet, that I help them to be the person God desires them to be.’”

Yes, we definitely need heroes, especially ones who are heroes because they live and breathe their belief in God and the Gospels.   Thank you Tim Russert!

I am sure Tim Russert and my brother are comparing notes in heaven and perhaps writing a book entitled: “Being a Christian Hero!”

What love means to a 4 - 8 year old?  'What does love mean?'  “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.”  Rebecca- age 8

Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!

In peace and courage, 


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