And my younger sister’s beautiful message about the 2nd C…Courage….

Although I am believed to be the hardest nut to crack in our family, everyone knows I am the softest spot.  

There have been many times in my life when my Dad has said to me “If you are going to do this, you need to stop crying and be strong.”  This is my attempt to do just that.

My dad was the greatest person I have ever known.  I looked up to him in literally every single way possible.  He was the center of my universe.  We had so much fun together and he gave the best advice.  It does not even seem possible that he is no longer here.  

We are all shocked. 

We are confused. 

We are hurt.  

We are so, so sad… But we need to have the courage to overcome.  

It is easy at a time like this to question your faith, but it takes a stronger person to accept the path that God has paved for us. We need to have the courage to trust in God’s plan. 

My dad was very faithful and there is no question in my mind he is now in heaven.  It is now my life’s mission to make it to heaven to be with him one day.  I invite you to take on the same mission in life.  

How are we going to do it?  Try to be like dad.  

He was so loving and he cared for his family beyond anything else.  We need to try to be as kind as my dad was.  

He was honest and lived his life with integrity.  We need to strive to have the same.  

He was so fun! King of the dad jokes!  He made the world a happier place.  We need to try to brighten up the lives of other in the same way.  

Dad was so rooted in his faith in God.  He prayed before meals and never missed weekly mass.  We need to go to church more.  It doesn’t make sense right now, but we need to go to church more.  

Have the courage to trust in God.  Not because we want to, but because Dad would.  We need to have the courage to do better in our own lives.


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