I decided to write about a blessing that I never firsthand encountered. Today marks the 48th anniversary of my uncle George‘s passing. Uncle George was a Catholic priest and a great inspiration to his entire family, or so I have been told.
I don’t know much about him except stories from family members and what I can guess or assume (which I hate doing usually). It seems Uncle George was a not only a pious man, knowing from very early on he wanted to enter the priesthood, but he also was a man of adventure. My uncle Jim, who is only about 1 year younger than he would have been if he was still alive, remembers Uncle George climbing a water tower in Kansas City, Kansas (KCK), when they were younger and kept telling Uncle Jim he had to “check it out;” it was “an awesome view up there!” Uncle Jim kept telling Uncle George that he loved the view on the ground more and was fond of it more than going up the water tower. Also, Uncle George was fond of skiing.
While at the seminary in Denver, Colorado, Uncle George decided to hit the slopes and learn to ski. No one taught him; he taught himself, but one thing he didn’t know was that red flags traditionally mark which way NOT to go (or at least at that particular resort). Luckily, nothing happened to him. Uncle George also tried to teach himself to ice skate.
Ice skating was not his forte, though. I was told by our parish receptionist (who knew him when she was in grade school or high school), told me he went skating with her class. Uncle George, however, fell several times. At one point he ended up flat on his face and sprawled out across the ice. He laughed it off, though. Sounds like he was one fun man!
I would have been honored to have ever met Uncle George let alone admit he was a member of my family! It’s such a blessing still to say you had a family member who was in a religious order even if you never met them. So tonight, Uncle George, I will tell you that even though I never met you I am still honored to know you are/were an amazing member in my family! I hope to meet you one day!
God (and Uncle George) bless everyone of us!