A lot has happened these last few weeks. The day after thanksgiving my grandfather Les Murphy Jr. died. The following week one of the friars in my community, Harry Monaco, OFM, died at the young age of 48 after a yearlong battle with cancer. And last night my grandmother, Ann Murphy, the wife of my late grandfather, died just a little more than a month after her husband of 62 years. As you might imagine that all of this has taken place in a short period of time, compounded by the busiest holiday season of the year, has made everything very difficult. For this reason it will continue to be a bit more of a challenge to regularly post here in the ensuing days, I ask for your patience. I also ask for your prayers for my family as we mourn the loss of another parent, grandparent and sister-in-law. The hope of the Resurrection and our faith in the Communion of Saints sheds much needed light on the darkness of such a loss. I am grateful for your prayerful support and understanding at this time.

Peace and Good!

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  1. Peace Dan,
    I am very sorry to hear of the losses in your personal and religious families. Please be assured of our support, thoughts and prayers.
    Pax et Bonum,

  2. Dear Dan,
    I’m sorry to hear about all this loss. Please take all the time you need for yourself right now, to grieve and to be silent. The internet will always be here…

  3. Small consolation, I know, but it is a tribute to your grandparents’ love that your grandmother did not live long without her beloved. As we watch my own parents prepare for their own deaths, my husband is positive neither will live a year once the other has gone. I too am an incarnation and resurrection person, so while we miss those who have gone before us, I know they prepare the way and the room. Blessings to you as you miss those so close to you.

  4. Dear Dan,

    I am so sorry to hear of such sad news. Please know that you are in my prayers, and God is with you always. May you experience comfort in being with your family and Franciscan brothers.

    My deepest condolences to you.

    Yours in Christ,
    Kevin Carlino

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