Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls…


Seen at the “Casket Entrance” at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Robbinsville, NC

I’ve been accompanying a number of couples in Graham County, putting on untold miles. There was a tragedy with one couple. This past Wednesday, the fellow suffered a catastrophic death. He was a catechumen (having worked so far half-way through Matthew Kelly’s book), a veteran, and worked with the firefighters and rescue, was a history buff, and was doing his workaday job mowing the campsites in the national forest. We hope he got a heart attack or was otherwise quickly unconscious. The mower didn’t turn over as was reported. It caught fire. There was nothing left of him but cinders. Just like that. The memorial service is tonight. The funeral is Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Robbinsville. I will try to make sense of this for them during the funeral sermon by speaking about Jesus. As you can imagine, the widow and the two girls are devastated. Might I ask a prayer for them and the deceased, whose name was Lee Lynnes? Hail Mary…


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8 responses to “Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls…

  1. Liz

    Hard! Prayers for his soul, his family and for you to help them. IF he did suffer it would be used for the greater good, but it’s hard to think about the pain he must have been in! :( (I will go ask the little ones to pray too.)

  2. sanfelipe007

    That is heartbreaking. “like a thief in the night..” I’ll pray for them – starting a Rosary right now.

  3. Brings back sad memories of my favorite Uncle who died in similar circumstances. Prayers for all. Father,
    don’t worry about what to say – just ask the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name to fill your heart, your mind and your soul with His wisdom. He will handle it. This has worked for me every time I am in a jam or want to say the right thing. Praters for all.

  4. elizdelphi

    Prayed for the deceased and his grieving loved ones. Very heartbreaking–but consoling that he was a catechumen.

  5. Absolutely, Father. My rosary today will be for the repose of the soul of Lee Lynnes, and for his family. God bless you.

  6. Pam

    This hurts my heart. I saw this too late to pray in my rosary today. I will pray tomorrow though. And I will talk to Jesus about him and his family when I lay down to go to sleep tonight.

  7. James Anderson

    I will pray for them.

  8. Janine

    Oh no.

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