My family and I are grateful for all of the prayerful support that has been extended to us during these last days as we both celebrated the life and mourned the loss of my grandfather, Leslie Murphy, Jr., who entered eternal life on Friday afternoon. I have not been able to write anything here at DatingGod.org in recent days because of the hectic schedule that the funeral presented. While traveling home on Thanksgiving day to spend the holiday with my family, I received a phone call telling me to go right to the nursing home, where I found many members of my immediate and extended family visiting my fast-ailing grandfather and where we would spend most of the next 24 hours. He embraced Sister Death, as St. Francis of Assisi calls it, at three o’clock on Friday afternoon surrounded by more than twenty of the people he loved most in life, including five of his six living children and most of his thirteen grandchildren. He left this world while his family prayed at his side, and it was an incredible blessing to be there.
This morning I head down to Raleigh, NC, where I am to give a daylong series of presentations as part of The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi’s annual day of formation. I will return to Washington, DC later in the evening. I hope to return to regular postings here at DatingGod.org shortly — thank you for your patience in the meantime.
Peace and good!