Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori

Brother Knights,

Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori. Time Flies, Remember Death. These are the watchwords of our order and since my last article they have featured prominently in our council and in my life. Brother’s Gerrard Tuepah, Val Dumais, Tim Seitz, and Gerry Steenburgh have all passed from this life into the eternal light of our Lord since the beginning of this year. And at the time of writing, my last week has really shown me that time can fly by in an instant. The wife of my cousin Jason Bolton, Lisa, at just 49 years old went to see the doctor because something didn’t feel right on Monday, was taken in for emergency double bypass surgery where something went tragically wrong, and she passed away early the Tuesday morning.

Brothers, we all prepare ourselves in one way or another for the loss of a loved one or friend and as hard as it is to lose someone in old age or due to illness, we often have time to mentally prepare ourselves, but too often we look at death as something that can only take the old and the sick and that the young have their whole lives ahead of them. But we do not know God’s plan. The end of the week found me attending 3 funerals in 3 days. Brother Gerry Steenburgh, Thursday, Father Peter Murphy, Friday, and Lisa’s on Saturday. Br. Gerry had been sick for some time, Father Murphy was in his 90’s, but Lisa was in her 40’s and not expected. It was after I got home Saturday that it really hit me. Thinking about when I gave Jason and Lisa’s 11 year old daughter Emma a rosary and told her to keep it with her, if she feels frustrated, hold it, if she feels angry hold it, if she feels sad, hold it, touch the beads and Our Lady will comfort you, just before her mother’s funeral, and that if she would like to learn to pray it that her grandmother, my aunt Karen or I would help her learn and pray with her.

Remember we know not the time nor the place in which our Lord will call us from this life. Please pray for all these families and for one another. If you have the time, please say the rosary for the deceased and their families.

Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori.

Vivat Jesus!

Ryan Polywkan
Grand Knight

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