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.
2 They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
3 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.