Willy Herteller, Homeless Man, Laid to Rest in Vatican Gardens

Willy Herteller is home at last.Willy, a homeless man who had migrated from Belgium to the streets of Vatican City, died December 12, but no one came forward to claim his body.  He had no known family in Rome.  No one was certain of his age, although he appeared to be about 80.But Willy was a man of prayer, and was a familiar face to many in the area surrounding the Vatican.  He attended daily Mass--by some accounts, twice a day--and received the Eucharist.  Father Bruno Silvestrini, pas … [Read more...]

Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

39 Years Later, Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

Edmund Fitzgerald

Does anyone know where the love of God goes When the waves turn the minutes to hours… –Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”It was circa July 1973, and my husband and I—young, free-wheeling and in love, with more dreams than experience—embarked on a driving trip through upper Michigan.  We’d never been much farther north than Lansing at that point.  We pitched a tent along the way, getting to know Grayling and Mio, the Au Sable River and the Traverse City wine country, fina … [Read more...]


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