Sunday, April 3, 2005

The Monsignor and me...

My dad's priest from back in the day...Monsignor Slepicka. He's been out from the midwest for the past week, and it's been an amazing experience for our family...he is not only the most talented chef I know (in the priestly world especially!), but a kind and loving man who has served the church for years. And, he likes lemon with his Hefeweizen. :)

Dad reconnected with the Monsignor following 9/11. Today, we visited the 9/11 exhibit at the history museum, remembering those who were lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and those who were lost on Flight 93. Msgr. was close family friends with Tom Burnett and his family, and their story is told here. It's definitely worth the read.

In light of JPII's passing, as well as the recent death of Terri Schiavo and our visit to the 9/11 memorial, Tom Burnett's words seem incredibly timely.

“What we accomplish in life, our pursuits, our passions, echo in posterity through our children, our neighbors, and ultimately in our souls. Treating people that would otherwise die has a resounding effect on those around us. The struggle to preserve life enriches all of us, and our humanity is fortified by the process. To deem life important, and to act, affects all of those that bear witness to it”.
-Tom Burnett

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