“Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
I can just imagine Fr. Tony hearing these words from Jesus as he passed from this life early this morning, after two weeks of suffering. For these past two weeks, I often wondered if Fr. Tony was offering his suffering for an end to abortion. My prayer for him lately was that the Lord would give him the strength to endure to the end, and for his petitions to be granted.
We will miss him terribly, and our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially to his mother Dee. May God surround her with His angels during this difficult time. The funeral will be at St. Teresa of Kolkata parish (St. Catherine of Siena Church) on Thursday at noon. The details are posted HERE.
His last Sunday homily (from Nov. 27th) is posted HERE. In it, he challenges us to make sure to bring it up at family gatherings and Christmas parties that JESUS is the REASON for the season. He said in his homily, “If you can’t do that…then DON’T GO!” In honor of Fr. Tony, I will try to be bolder this year. Maybe we can all be bolder about our faith this year, in honor of him.
Rest in peace Fr. Tony.