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Siobhan ^ | J+M+J 8 June A.D. 2002 | Siobhan

Posted on 06/08/2002 4:15:32 PM PDT by Siobhan

Dear Friends,

This is a terribly sad day and joyous day. First, we learned of OxfordMovement's son Michael having died. Now I must tell you that my father who was known as the Freeper history-matters has also died today.

At 2 o'clock my family gathered in my father's hospital room for my son Finn to announce that he and Aileen are engaged. They have only known each other a few weeks. Aileen was my father's nurse in ICU. She is young, Irish, and a Gaelic speaker. My father instantly told me she was the one for my son Finn. I introduced the two, they were instantly smitten, and today they made this announcement.

My father gave them his Gaelic blessing and then announced we would all say a Rosary in Gaelic as a thanksgiving and a prayer for Finn and Aileen. When my father announces something, we all jump to it. Indeed, if he said 'jump' to this day we would all say, 'how high, Sir'. Bless him.

We said the Rosary, and at 3 we were still there so we joined him in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. At the end, he fell asleep and we all quietly left the room and went outside into the atrium to congratulate Finn and Aileen and to make a fuss over them.

At about 3:30 the nurse went in and discovered that my father had died in his sleep. She was very upset and weeping. She had come to care for my Da just as most folk do. We ran back into the room. Da had a smile on his face. There was the overwhelming aroma of roses. Even the nurses commented on it.

It hasn't really sunk in yet with me. He had suffered so much in the last couple of years. And his face was the picture of peace. The Maronite priest was in the hospital, and he came by just intending to call on his old friend my father. He is such a saint of a man. He prayed for Da in Aramaic and Arabic. It was very beautiful and perfect given my father and mother's service to the Church in the Holy Land. Father was a great comfort to my dearest mother.

Everyone of the nurses was wonderful to my mother, and for her part she cried but more because she was happy for my father to see Jesus face to face. She is actually older than my father and not in the best of health either. She is resting just now, and my brother Kevin is handling various arrangments that were made from when Da had his surgery. There was such a likelihood that he wouldn't make it through that surgery that he had prepared everything. We just didn't know that we would need it at this time.

As you all know, I only lately came to FR to fill in for my father who was so worried about the Catholics on FR and the troubles in the Church. I have tried to do some of what he wanted, but I know I haven't been able to do nearly so well as he.

He cherished many of you and kept you in his prayer intentions. He would want me, in the most Irish way possible, to bless all of you on behalf of my family for your kindness to him. And so in the name of good St. Patrick and sweet St. Brigid, I bless you all and your loved ones too, and I thank you for your prayers and your many kindnesses in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit..

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My father was born in County Donegal in Ireland. He moved the family to the United States on his 18th birthday. He had a career in the Marines and upon retirement, he and my mother moved to the Holy Land first to Bethlehem and then to Nazareth. My mother taught, and my father did whatever the Church needed at the time. He said he started off life as the son of a tinker, and now here he was tinkering for the Lord in Bethlehem.

He loved Bethlehem. When a need arose in Nazareth, they relocated but they weren't there very long before he had a stroke. He had a good recovery from that stroke, and my parents moved to Spain to live near a number of old friends. Honestly, they were tired of all of their kids hovering over them. They loved their time there but returned to the US when it was clear that something else was wrong with his health. It was discovered that he had a growth encircling his spine. He underwent both chemo and radiation and then finally surgery.

My father is and was a great man in this world that has too few great men. He loved his wife with his life, and he raised a family that is a testimony to him today.

He was first of all a believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God. Second, he was devoted to the Blessed Mother. Third, he was a devout Catholic Christian.

But for all of that the most important thing to me is that he is my Da.

Most folks knew my father by the name "Greg" which was his confirmation name. His Christian names were Kieran Padraic Seamus -- honestly, you can't get more Irish than that. If anyone wishes to remember him by way of a memorial, you can make a donation in memory of "Kieran of County Donegal" to:

Aid to the Church in Need
378 Broome Street
New York, N.Y., 10013-3706

You may wish to designate any donation for the ACN's work in helping the Church in Syria, the Sudan, or in East Timor all of which are important to my father.

I have been advised not to give out more detailed information so as to protect our family's privacy. I regret that it must be that way, but I hope you understand the need for that in this age.

Today is one of the Roman Catholic feast days of St. Mary the Blessed Mother. I like to think of our Mother holding young Michael, Oxford's son in her arms and welcoming my father home. May we all find peace with Christ for time and eternity. Amen.

1 posted on 06/08/2002 4:15:32 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: father_elijah; OxfordMovement; Antoninus; sandyeggo; frogandtoad; saradippity; maryz...
A request for your prayers, and a thank you for your kindness to my late father, history_matters.
2 posted on 06/08/2002 4:17:24 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
This is very sad - he was a brilliant and decent man. Prayers for you.
3 posted on 06/08/2002 4:18:11 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Siobhan
God bless and keep your father and you and your family!

(My maternal grandmother was from Donegal -- may she greet your father.)

4 posted on 06/08/2002 4:21:15 PM PDT by maryz
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To: Siobhan; all
A tough day. I am so sorry for your loss, Siobhan. Please accept my condolences. If there is anything I can do for you just ask.

I am going to say a rosary for baby michael and History_Matters at 8:00 central time. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome.

I'll come back and post opeining prayers.

May the soul of HM be guided to eternal light by St. Michael, defender and lover of souls. LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING.

5 posted on 06/08/2002 4:22:00 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
I knew there was something special about you. They are all there waiting for the loved ones. I just know this.
6 posted on 06/08/2002 4:22:47 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Siobhan
Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus.

So sorry to hear of the passing of your father and a brother Marine. May he rest in peace.

7 posted on 06/08/2002 4:22:54 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Siobhan
I am very sorry to learn of this. May the Father of peace send His Peace to those who mourn, and comfort to the bereaved.
9 posted on 06/08/2002 4:36:14 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Siobhan
May God bless you as you have blessed your father's name with such a wonderful tribute. It is clear that such a man is now in the presence of the Good Lord and his pain & suffering have ended forever.

The world was a better place because of your father. God bless him, his works, the Catholic Church (I'm an evangelical, myself..........and have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for the Catholic Church), and your family..........your blessedly GROWING family. The announcement of the engagement was an incredible thing for your father, you can rest assured. It seems as if he felt "ok; good; NOW I can go home..........".

10 posted on 06/08/2002 4:37:44 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Siobhan
Your father is in the company of the Good Lord, and in the bosom of Abraham who, no doubt, as the father of a great lineage, will have much to share.

A heroic defender of the Faith is now able to supplicate for us as we pray for the Holy Spirit to bring those of us who are left behind to a renewed sense of service in our Church.

12 posted on 06/08/2002 4:40:34 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Siobhan
God Bless your Da, Siobhan, and may He grant him eternal rest.

History_Matters leaves us here with a great legacy of real Catholic piety and patient, charitable apologetics. I recomment everyone visit History_Matters' profile page, visit his threads and links, and browse the wisdom he shared with us in his posts, as we all join in prayers for him and his family.

13 posted on 06/08/2002 4:42:18 PM PDT by Polycarp
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To: Siobhan
How sweet of you to share this with us. I know a number of us felt as if we had
a very good friend in your Da. Don't worry, you have filled his shoes pretty well.
14 posted on 06/08/2002 4:42:24 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Siobhan
Your father was a truly Christ-filled man. I am glad I had the honor of knowing him in this world, and I hope to have the honor of meeting him again in the next.
15 posted on 06/08/2002 4:43:12 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: Siobhan
My condolences to you and your family. I shall remember your father fondly. Thank you for taking the time to share this news with us.
Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae,
libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum
de poenis inferni
et de profundo lacu.
Libera eas de ore leonis
ne absorbeat eas tartarus,
ne cadant in obscurum;
Sed signifer sanctus Michael
repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam,
Quam olim Abrahae promisisti
et semini eius.

Hostias et preces tibi, Domine
laudis offerimus
tu suscipe pro animabus illis,
quarum hodie memoriam facimus.
Fac eas, Domine, de morte
transire ad vitam.
Quam olim Abrahae promisisti
et semine eius.

May the angels greet him in paradise, Siobhan.
16 posted on 06/08/2002 4:51:27 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: history_matters

‘S e an Tighearna mo bhuachaille:
Cha bhi mi ann an dìth;
Ann an cluaintean uaine bheir E orm laighe sìos;
Làimh ri uisgeachan ciùine treòraichidh mi.

Beòthaichidh E m'anam,
Treòraichidh E mi
Air slighe na fìrinn air sgàth ainm fhèin,
Air slighe na fìrinn air sgàth ainm fhèin.

Seadh, ged tha mi siubhal
Tro ghleann sgàil a' bhàis,
Chan eil eagal orm ro olc, oir tha Thusa maille rium -
Do shlat agus do lorg bheir iad cofhurtachd dhomh.

Deasaichidh Tu bòrd fom chomhair
Ann am fianais mo nàimhdean;
Dh'ung Thu le ola mo cheann;
Tha mo chup' a' cur thairis.

Gu cinnteach leanaidh mathas agus tròcair mi
Uile làithean mo bheatha,
Agus nì mi còmhnaidh fad mo làithean
Ann an taigh ‘s an àros an Tighearna.

17 posted on 06/08/2002 5:03:03 PM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Siobhan
My condolences, tears and prayers go out to you and your family. I always loved your father. Fear not and weep little, for he is now with Our Father and His Son Jesus Christ, in Heaven. < Amazing Grace on pipes cry out in the home of the roachie>
18 posted on 06/08/2002 5:18:18 PM PDT by roachie
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To: Siobhan
I am simultaneously so sorry to hear of your father's passing, he made a significant contribution to FR - I will miss him, and happy to hear that "Da had a smile on his face. There was the overwhelming aroma of roses."

I hope you stay on at FR. I appreciate your flags to Catholic related threads. I think you underestimate your impact on FR.

Congratulations for your son! What a beautiful story. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

19 posted on 06/08/2002 5:18:18 PM PDT by ELS
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To: Siobhan
His was a beautiful and -- given the announcement, surrounded by family -- surely a most happy and peaceful death. Very fitting.

I'm so sorry for you and your family ... even if I'm happy for your Da. All of you are in my prayers. I'm not sure when we've had the opportunity to witness such grace and strength under such trying and painful circumstances. Thank you so much for the posts.

We shall miss your Dad very much. I know I will. I hope you'll stick around.


20 posted on 06/08/2002 5:24:26 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: all
I was asked to postpone the rosary until 8:15 so that a fellow freeper will be able to participate. We'll start then.
21 posted on 06/08/2002 5:31:22 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
This day, heaven has gained two sweet souls full of love and innocence. I know Our Lady was there to escort your Da to her most precious Son.

I, for one, have missed HM terribly while at the same time being so blessed to have you in his stead. I was hoping you'd both be on together someday.

Heaven is rejoicing today in welcoming such a wonderful, gentle soul! God Bless you and your family, and may Christ and his dear mother comfort your family with the consolation of knowing that he died in Christ. Please accept my sincere condolences.

22 posted on 06/08/2002 5:35:36 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: Siobhan;nickcarraway
Siobhan, I liked your father very much. He had a wonderful warrior spirit. His posts of pictures and icons frequently made their way onto my desktop. What a wonderful last gift he gave to your family and specifically, Finn and Aileen. I know he continues to fight our good fight in Heaven now amongst the angels and saints. He is still with us in spirit.
23 posted on 06/08/2002 5:37:49 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Siobhan
Sending condolences and prayers, Siobhan. The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary if he hand picked the day but we know her Son did. The Catholicism even in his departure is stunning, after the Rosary and the Chaplet, and after the Announcement of Joy and then the smell of Roses...all a testimony to his tremendous heart and piety. God bless your family. Like St. Theresa I think he will be helping us here in days to come.
24 posted on 06/08/2002 5:45:44 PM PDT by Domestic Church
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To: Siobhan
I am so sorry to hear this. I had read his posts in the past and been impressed by them, and I did notice that they had disappeared - I didn't realize he was your father.

This has been a hard day for several of us on this list. My prayers for you, your Da and your family.

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant...

25 posted on 06/08/2002 5:47:39 PM PDT by livius
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To: Siobhan
Our prayers are with you, I lost my Father a little over a month ago, so I know what you are going through.

God Bless and stay strong,


26 posted on 06/08/2002 6:13:06 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Siobhan
Prayers on their way.
27 posted on 06/08/2002 6:14:09 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: Siobhan
I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
28 posted on 06/08/2002 6:15:14 PM PDT by cowgirlcutie
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To: Siobhan; OxfordMovement
Songs of Farewell

May the choirs of angels come to greet them.
May they speed them to paradise.
May the lord enfold them in his mercy
May they find eternal life.

One thing I ask, oh Lord this I seek
To dwell forever in your house
That I may gaze on your lovliness
All the days of eternity.

Into Your hands we commend Their Spirits
Into Your hands we commend their souls.May the Angels lead them into paradise
May the martyrs receive them at their coming
And take them to Jerusalem the Holy City.

The First Glorious Mystery, The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus rises from the dead.

He said to them, "Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.'" - Mark 16:6-7

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Amen.

[Our Father] Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen

[Hail Mary] Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

[Glory Be] Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

[Come Holy Spirit] Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur.

R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

The second mystery will start when I post a painting of the ascension--the decades will be about 5 minutes apart. Thank you to anyone who is participating.

29 posted on 06/08/2002 6:16:47 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
How can I miss your father more than I did already? But I do. Such a sad, sad day for us left here, such a hole in our lives.

Imagine that there are more than a few on FR, that today, shed tears for brothers they have never met. For a wonderful man who was inspiring in his faith, and for an innocent little boy who is the son of a kind and gentle freeper. This makes me know how grateful I am to so many of you, how much I love you and pray for you. This is Catholicism. How blessed we are to be able to grieve for others as if they were our own.

Thank you for blessing us with a little of history_matters life, what an example he was to you and your family! The world is a better place because of his life - and how many of us can say that?

My prayers will continue for you and your family.

History_matters, I will miss you!

30 posted on 06/08/2002 6:23:33 PM PDT by american colleen
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To: Siobhan; OxfordMovement

Second Glorious mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven

Pater Noster...

31 posted on 06/08/2002 6:24:40 PM PDT by JMJ333
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Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit.

Pater Noster...

33 posted on 06/08/2002 6:31:21 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
I "knew" that this was coming, but since a bit of time had passed, I thought my feelings were wrong ... I have shared much of your telling about your Father (and my feelings) with many, to include the dream, with my Carmelite sister, Mary.

I am happy that you have shared your joy, along with that of your Mother's and your entire family's in relation to their very touching and strong witness of your Da's wonderful entrance into eternity.

I am filled with sadness for me ... to lose his wise Irish HUMILITY and fervor ... and for the others here who grew to rely on his gift ... and I am filled with a certain joy that he is in such splendor.

Don't leave us Siobhan, please ... you are a shining candle for me and for our Faith and have been a great source of comfort for me and so many here!

I am printing the biography that you have provided today, as well as your short essay of all of the events surrounding "Greg's" (our own history_matters) departure ... to forward to my sister, Sister Mary, and all of the Carmelite branch of my family.

He has SURELY borne him up on EAGLE'S WINGS!
34 posted on 06/08/2002 6:33:12 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Mother

Pater Noster...

35 posted on 06/08/2002 6:36:34 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
May the soul of this and all faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in Peace!

We will dearly miss your father's posts, but look forward to his heavenly intercession. Please continue to fill in for him here!

Am praying the Rosary for him and your family now...God Bless...

36 posted on 06/08/2002 6:38:52 PM PDT by GOP_Thug_Mom
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Fifth Glorious Mystery: Coronation of Mary-Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Pater Noster....

Hail Holy Queen...

Oh God, Whose only begotten Son, for His life death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant we beseach thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy rosary, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same--Christ our Lord, Amen.

37 posted on 06/08/2002 6:42:57 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: Siobhan
Oh, what a sad day here on FR. My heart is aching for little Michael and his family, and now for you, Siobhan. Your father was a wonderful man, even to those of us who knew him for just a few months. His death was most beautiful, coming right after saying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy with his loved ones. And the joy of the young couple he brought together. God is good, for He always sends joy to balance our sadness.

May Kieran rest in peace. And lucky are we to have him as a saint in Heaven to pray for us and for the Church!

38 posted on 06/08/2002 6:46:23 PM PDT by Palladin
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To: Siobhan
Siobhan, you can't begin to know how touched I am by your description of your dad.I was especially touched by the smile on his face and the scent of roses! I will certainly say a pray for him.I think I'll do it right now just in case I forget.
39 posted on 06/08/2002 6:59:37 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Siobhan
Siobhan, I'm so sorry. The world's loss is Heaven's gain. You know how much I cared for and respected your Da. I'm signing off now to join JMJ333 in the Rosary.
40 posted on 06/08/2002 7:01:41 PM PDT by constitutiongirl
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To: Siobhan
Your father was a waonderful man,full of faith and a blessing for this forum,we will miss him so much,Betty
41 posted on 06/08/2002 7:05:46 PM PDT by fatima
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To: Siobhan
You know, I was thinking about your father all day yesterday and part of today; wondering how he was doing. It sounds as if he had a wonderful day with your family and a wonderful greeting in Heaven. My prayers to your family and your father. You have done a tremendous job "filling his shoes" and have grown into your own here on FR. I am very glad that you are here.
43 posted on 06/08/2002 7:36:40 PM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: Siobhan
Siobhan, I loved your father so much. I don't know what to say, but I feel like he went to watch over Michael till I get there. I don't know if I'm making sense or not. All day I've just wanted to die, but now. I am so sad your Da is gone from us, but the news of his passing is about the only thing that's given me any sense of hope. I hope that doesn't sound crazy. But your father was a great man, one of the greatest men I have ever known and we never met in person, and I know he would find Michael and take care of him for me. I know he would do that for me. Oh God, Siobhan, I never knew there was such pain. I haven't been able to pray today, but I can pray for your Da and you. Pray for me and Shelley and the kids. Please. Your father was a great man and a greater saint. This is the saddest day in my life, the saddest. Pray that I can do or say what Shelley needs to hear to get through this, and the kids. I love them all so much, and I really don't know what to do or say. I'm sorry for your loss, Siobhan, but I know Greg will take care of Michael for me, and if it is any comfort to you, I'm sure Michael will make your Da happy. Michael had such a beautiful laugh. God bless you, Siobhan. Give my love to your mother. May God give eternal joy to your father, and may light perpetual shine upon him.
44 posted on 06/08/2002 8:44:13 PM PDT by OxfordMovement
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To: OxfordMovement
In the midst of your suffering you have remained a man of faith, Oxford, and that makes you one of the greatest of men. You know how much Da cared about you and your family. I have no doubt that he and Michael are together since they both were welcomed into the arms of Jesus and the embrace of Mary our Mother this very day. You are right that my father would watch over Michael for you. I do not know how things work in the Paradise of Christ, but we know that Jesus is caring for them both and loving them both and rejoicing with both of them.

Michael's life was short, but it was not insignificant. It was of the greatest meaning not only for you, Shelley, and your family, but it was of the greatest value for Jesus, Mary, the saints, and all the angels. I'm sure that Jesus said to him, "Michael, three years of bringing joy to your parents and then bearing this illness unto death. Extraordinary, Michael. Extraordinary. Well done, good and faithful servant." You are in my heart, and I hold you in my prayers, and all you have to do is freepmail me, and I will do anything to help you, to listen, or to cry with you or pray with you. May the love of Christ the King and the tenderness of Our Lady Help of Christians surround you and support you through the days to come. Amen.

45 posted on 06/08/2002 8:56:08 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
Thank God you are here to offer poor OxfordMovement some consolation and hope when he is so distraught. You are an extraordinary woman, Siobhan. I know your Da and your Father are pleased with you.
46 posted on 06/08/2002 9:06:18 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Siobhan
Dear Siohban,

What a wonderful father you had. I often wished he had been mine.

I looked forward every day to his posts as I surely look forward to yours now.

He was a magnificent defender of the faith, a soul pure and sweet as are you.

I am sorry for your loss. Find comfort in knowing this fine man is with Jesus now with no more pain.


47 posted on 06/08/2002 9:08:31 PM PDT by katnip
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To: Siobhan
I am saddened at the news. May God give grace and peace to you and the family.
48 posted on 06/08/2002 9:09:59 PM PDT by drstevej
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To: Rnmomof7
ping for added prayers.
49 posted on 06/08/2002 9:13:10 PM PDT by drstevej
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To: Siobhan
Blessings and prayers for your family. Da is home.
50 posted on 06/08/2002 9:22:32 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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