1. St. Joseph: “The souls of the just are in the hands of God.”
a. Worked with his hands
b. Volunteered: books for the blind;
c. Non-judgmental; kind; patient; always willing to help, honest, a man of integrity
d. A true gentleman with class
e. “If you can’t say anything nice about a person don’t say anything at all.”
2. Family: “Family Love rises above all.”
a. Work together
i. Strong work ethic;
ii. Farm life.
b. Play together
i. Golf; skiing; bowling; playing pool; cards; dancing
c. Eat together
i. Morals: “Honesty is the best policy.”
ii. Never went to see a rated ‘R’ movie.
iii. Sunday was family day
iv. Family meal
d. Pray together
i. We walk by faith; not by sight.
ii. “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
iii. Adoration on Tuesdays
iv. KofC, Ushered, conuted money
v. Never lost his prayers – even with Alzhimer’s – asking to go to Mass
vi. Would not allow the kids to miss Mass…ever.
e. Suffer together
i. Care givers
ii. “We pulled together as a family to support mom and help Dad, each assuming roles and ways to contribute.”
iii. “If before men thee seem to be punished yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little they shall be greatly blessed.”
3. Home: “We would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.”
a. We are all children of a heavenly Father. “I go to prepare a place for you.”