With a Humble Heart We Ask the Lord...

  • ****Updated 4/15/10****

  • For our children as they come to the end of another school year.. that they may not lose their motivation to succeed in their studies!

  • for our Church... that the mistakes of her past may continue to be corrected and learned from and that all measures may continue be taken to prevent further damage to the good work that our Church does throughout the world.

  • -for healing and comfort for the Barrett family as they continue to mourn the loss of dear Ryan

  • for success and security for Dan in his job

  • - For protection for the unborn

  • - for health of mind and body for a particular family member in my heart

  • -to guide the leadership of our country with Your wisdom and love.

  • - for all those struggling due to the problems with our nation's economy

  • -for couples struggling with infertility... that God blesses them with the babies they long for... and for the Grace they need to accept His will , whatever it may be.

  • -for all those recovering from any type of addiction... the they may be healed by the love of God and family

  • -for the health and safety of our six children... that God keeps them in His loving care and guides them in all their decisions as they grow to maturity.

  • -for a strengthening of the marriage vocation, especially my own

  • -for safety for all of our Armed forces


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May 11, 2010


Mary Ellen Barrett

I remember how much he loved you and your family. I remember how your home was always open to him and how it was one of the few places he was comfortable and loved.

Thank you, you are the best of friends and a true blessing to us.

Lisa Mladinich

Thank you so much for sharing these, Chris. I never knew Ryan, but it is so evident that he was cherished within this extended family of friends. God bless Mary Ellen and Dave and their children as they continue to share and smile and shed tears in his memory. God bless you, Chris, for sharing such beautiful and intimate memories of Ryan so that those of us who knew him little or not at all, can also shed a few tears and love him, as well.

Patrice Jennings

Beautiful memories of a beautiful boy!
I wish I had been able to know Ryan more- but I do remember him always being the first to welcome my boys into a game of baseball when we'd arrive at OWG or offering a treat to all the kids and making sure everyone was asked no matter how small!
We will always remember him and you will all be in our prayers-

Teresa Hansen

Hank says, "Pushing his sisters into the pool with him!" I remember Hollis and Ryan's first "band" practice, they were so intent on forming a band, Hollis with his base and Ryan with his guitar!


Chris, you deffantly are so right about the bitter and sweet, on such a hard day for the barretts you have brought a smile to my face that i cant wipe off. thank you for being such a wonderful friend, an sharing your cherished memories with us.:)


What wonderful memories. I wish I had known him.

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With a Grateful Heart We Thank the Lord

  • ****Updated 4/15/10****
  • For the birth of my newest great-niece, Jordyn.
  • -for the sacrament of confession and the grace it showers on us
  • -for the blessing of good and true friends
  • -for the beauty and truth of our beloved Catholic Church
  • -for the love of our extended family, and our parents who instilled in both of us the importance of the family bonds
  • -for our six wonderful blessings... Katie, Jessica, Ben, Rebecca, Thomas and Hannah, who add so much joy to our days
  • -for my husband, who provides,leads, instructs, guides and leads our family on our path to Heaven

Franciscan Poetry: by Dan Volpe, SFO

  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++CHASTITY+++
  • I'm married. Can I be chaste?
  • Desire for my spouse erased?
  • Love should move.
  • But faithfulness will prove
  • That lust by love is replaced.
  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++HUMILITY+++
  • Is humility lying down flat
  • On the floor by the door, like a mat?
  • I'm flawed, not floored
  • In the eyes of the Lord.
  • And He loves me in spite of that.
  • ~~~~~~~~~
  • +++ POVERTY+++
  • Should I go and buy more?
  • Pray, and ask, "What for?"
  • If reason be vain, then perhaps refrain.
  • If good, head out to the store.

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