R.I.P. Dad: Best memory…

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My dad died on this day with the Sacraments 23 years ago. He’s the one with his back to you immediately to the left of the propeller. This is on the USS Bataan.

My favorite memory of him was back in the Autumn of 1962, when I was just 2 1/2 years old, ten years after the picture above was taken. I’d walk up in the Communion line next to him with the rest of the family behind us. This was at the Cathedral with its gorgeous altar rail with the linens flipped over the top. I was always impressed by the linens getting flipped over the top, just as I was with kneeling there beside my dad, reaching up as high as I could to put my hands under the linens like he was doing. I was pretty small. I was filled with such wonder and awe and reverence as the priest and altar boy with paten would make it over to us. They would start on the Epistle side. We were always on the Gospel side. Everything worked together to instill reverence.

It was good be on my knees with dad before the Lord Jesus. Very good.

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10 responses to “R.I.P. Dad: Best memory…

  1. pelerin

    A beautiful memory Father. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. What a lovely memory, Father! l will remember your Dad this evening when I make the Stations of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory during my Saturday Adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It’s a blessing to have precious memories such as these. I treasure those of my Dad who is also deceased.

  3. James Anderson

    I will say a prayer for your Dad. My wife and I got married a year and 11 days after your special day with your Dad.

  4. Know that his soul rests in peace with Our Lord who is so good and so kind.

  5. nan skovran

    I wasn’t yet born when you had that memory. I’ll remember the anniversary of your dad’s death because my birthday was yesterday.

  6. j

    How beautiful. Thank you for sharing this memory Father.

  7. Barb

    How beautiful. May he RIP. Prayer said.Father you are in my prayers always and esp. at Adoration where I go a few times a week.Please keep us The MacLellans in your prayers also.

  8. What a beautiful memory.May he RIP Prayers said for your Dad and you Father are in my prayers esp, at Adoration several times a week. Please pray for us MacLellans.

  9. Patricia

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory, Fr. George. May your father rest in peace.

  10. SognPlaci

    Requiescat in pace. Happy you that God let you see so beautiful things in such a young age.

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