- Monday, 26 December 2016 17:42
I just read on Facebook that an old friend died peacefully preparing for bed on Christmas night at St. Catherine of Siena Priory (NYC). Jolting news in this time of joy.
Father John Patrick McGuire, OP, 73, was a talented man and a lovely person. His ministry allowed for him to do some wonderful things for Christ and others. Father John’s death is a sad event for me, someone I’ve known for 30+ years. I pray for him, in thanksgiving, petitioning the Lord to forgive his sins and to grant him eternal life; I pray for the Dominican brethren, and the countless friends he enjoyed.
Let us pray:
O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Father John Patrick to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
Saint Dominic and all Dominican saints and blesseds, pray for Father John, and us.
- Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:06
On Sunday, my cousin Joe died suddenly of a heart attach at his home in Florida. Today would have been Joe’s 54th birthday.
Prayers for God’s mercy and the consolation of his sisters, his wife and children.
May the Good Shepherd care for him.
(photo @ H. Roesler)
- Monday, 01 September 2014 08:10
A brief note on the recent silence regarding the blog. More than a week ago both my mom and aunt Gloria fell, hitting their heads. They were in the ER together requiring significant medical attention. My mom is fine, coming home with a bump on her head and pain in side. My aunt, however, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Following several medical procedures, including surgery, the Lord of Life called her home in the morning of the feast Saint Monica. My aunt’s Mass of Christian Burial was offered on August 30.
May I ask that you pray for God’s mercy and Gloria’s eternal memory.
- Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:57
Today we buried an old friend, Julius S. Markowski, 100. May God grant him mercy, peace and light. May St Stanislaus assist him.
Julius and his family’s history is intertwined with my family’s these past many decades. So many memories of Julius and Betty with my grandparents Julius and Helen. There is also a long friendship with Julius and his grandson John with whom I went to primary school.
One of Julius’ sayings: “The nail is a wonderful thing.” Indeed it is. Among other things, nails hold things together, including friendship.
- Saturday, 07 December 2013 23:28
Since our Fr Edward T. Oakes, SJ, died yesterday morning at the Jesuit residence, St Louis, MO, several people have paid tribute.
Pray to Our Lady of the Way and to the Jesuits and beati for Edward T. Oakes’ peaceful repose.
Here is a sampling:
John Farrell, “Eloquent Critic Of Creationism Passes Away” (Forbes)
R.R. Reno, “Goodbye, Friend” (First Things)
Thomas G. Guarino, “Edward T. Oakes, S.J.: An Appreciation” (First Things)
Carl E. Olsen, “Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J., Requiescat in Pace” (The Catholic World Report blog)
Kevin J. Jones, “Jesuit theologian remembered for scholarship, joyfulness” (Catholic News Agency)
my own, “Edward T. Oakes, SJ -RIP” (Communio)
Some of the articles are mere puff pieces publishing because that’s what the establishment does; others say something important. You make a judgement.