I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High.

We are asked as Christian men and women, to pray for the repose of the souls who have passed from this world into the next.  There are a number of people that I offer on my daily rosary, but I have six names that I pray for each and everyday.

Jack Dorhauer – my father, my friend – a man I miss dearly but thank God for the time I did have with him.

Ignatius Schumacher – my father-in-law, a teacher, probably one of the smartest men I had to pleasure to know.  The man who embraced me marrying the woman I love (after initially saying “Over my dead body!”)

Karin Schumacher – the wife of my brother-in-law Pete, the mother of 3, grandmother of 1, aunt to many.  Karin was a beautiful soul who for most of her life fought demons most of us didn’t even know about.  She also had the BEST recipe for salsa.

John Snyder – father of one of my daughters best friends, Mary, John was one of the most business savvy men I knew and we became close friends through our daughters.  John died much too young and I pray for him daily and ask that God watch over his young family.

Jim Schmidt – our family met Jim and his family through Gateway Academy.  He was a mentor to my son Richard and helped my daughter Grace get her scholarship to Lindendwood University.   Jim was the most athletic and fit person I knew and little did I know that he had a heart condition that he fought all of his life.  Jim too, left behind a very young family and I hope my prayers for him and his family are helpful to them in their loss.

Tiffany Lentz – I didn’t know Tiffany as well as the others listed here; I came to know her through my youngest son Tony.  By the time I met her, her cancer was well advanced and she passed away the same year as my father and father-in-law.  She too left behind a young family, so my prayers for the repose of her soul are also offered everyday.  It is also my prayer that her husband and 3 young children are able to find God through their sorrow.

Do something great for our Lord today – think of someone close to you who has passed and say a prayer for the repose of their soul; it is part of our duties as Christian men and women.

 

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,a

and no torment shall touch them.

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;

and their passing away was thought an affliction

and their going forth from us, utter destruction.

But they are in peace.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.

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