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!