The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eternal rest grant unto them ...

Fr. Wolfgang and Br. Thomas in the archives at Einsiedeln.
Br. Thomas is studying with us here at Saint Meinrad this year.
Uncle Lynn
... and let perpetual light shine upon them: 

-- Fr. Jorge Gomez and Stanley Kariuki, two young men tragically killed in a car accident early today in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jorge just graduated from Saint Meinrad Seminary a few months ago, and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Tulsa just last month. Stanley, from Kenya, was a seminarian here at Saint Meinrad studying for Glenmary Home Missioners, and was due to return here next week to resume classes for the fall semester. I didn't know either of them, although I was in a couple classes with Jorge. I do remember that Jorge ALWAYS had a big smile on his face, and was usually surrounded by a good number of friends and family members. You can read more about the accident by clicking here.

-- Fr. Wolfgang RenzO.S.B., 91, a monk of Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland, the motherhouse of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, who died Saturday. Fr.Wolfgang was an English teacher and monastery guestmaster for many years. Since he knew some English, I had several conversations with him when I was at Einsiedeln last summer. At that time, he was still playing the organ every evening at Vespers!

-- Lloyd "Lynn" Bridge, 82, of Monticello, Indiana, my mother's uncle, who died Saturday. He was the brother (one of five boys) of my maternal grandfather. All five have now passed on to eternal life. As kids, it was always a treat to make the trip from Ohio to Indiana and visit "Grandpa Bridge." It was also always fun to visit "Uncle Lynn" and "Aunt Jean" (+2000). They were faith-filled, hard-working, joyful people who knew the meaning of the word hospitality. ... And Uncle Lynn looked almost exactly like his brother -- my Grandpa Bridge!

May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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