We know that many of you, if not all of you, are preoccupied with the COVID-19 virus that is sweeping our country. We very much share this concern with you and our fellow countrymen. Know that we are praying for all of our supporters during this time, that as we are forced to be quarantined, especially families, joy can be present among us.
With so much tumult going on due to the virus, we would rather not bring to your attention a personal matter unrelated to the virus, but this matter is a potentially serious issue and we very much need your prayers and support.
As you all know, since losing Maggie, life has been difficult, to say the least. What many do not know is that the last 11 months in particular have been especially difficult and have compounded our family’s suffering in no small measure. At this time, we cannot disclose the details of this issue, however, depending on how things go, we may be doing so in the coming week. Suffice it to say for now, certain individuals and entities are bullying our family and committing an injustice towards us, and are now threatening us. We have exercised great restraint the past 11 months in seeking social media and legal action against these individuals and entities, and we continue to do so now. But it appears that the time may be coming where we have to do so. We are hoping this is not the case. We would rather that their hearts be converted and they do the right thing.
As we approach Maggie’s 2 year anniversary (May 6th) and what would have been her 13th birthday (May 19th), and as we prepare to welcome our new child, the enemy is seeking to rob us of our peace, joy and healing through our present circumstances. We remind ourselves of little Nicaea’s words, which she declared so boldly as we left to the hospital to say goodbye to our beloved Maggie – “The devil has no power over us!”
We have some exciting news to share! In 2015, the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix AZ, Bishop Thomas Olmstead, wrote a letter to the men of his diocese called Into the Breach. The phrase “into the breach” comes from the Bible, specifically, from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel: “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none” (Ez 22:30) .
Bishop Olmstead describes his letter as a “clarion call” to Catholic men to “step into the breach” and help stop the deterioration of the faith in society and within the Church. This letter from the bishop has inspired a miniseries on the different aspects of manhood and was commissioned by Knights of Columbus. In December 2018, I was contacted and asked if I would be willing to do a filmed interview about losing Maggie and how to embrace suffering. I agreed. As it turned out, we filmed on February 22, 2019, the feast day of the Chair of St. Peter, my patron saint.
We are pleased to announce that, after a long wait, the video has now been released. Due to time constraints, not all of Maggie’s story could be told. If you want to hear the whole story, then I direct you to our podcast series, The Passion of Maggie, as well as the interviews my wife has done which can be found at our website.
We know that currently there is a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety over the COVID-19 virus and a great many precautions are taking place that are significantly affecting society, the economy and our daily living. We hope that this video, as well as our podcast and interviews, can be a source of encouragement to you in all of this.
In times of unsure change, we must always remember this. We were not created for comfort. We were created for greatness. Today, be great. Be great in charity towards others. Be great in sacrifice for others. Be great in kindness towards other living creatures. Be. Great. ...