I have been involved with the pro-life movement for many years. This involvement has given me the privilege of meeting people like Abby Johnson, Pam Tebow (Tim's mom), Alveda King and others. I have been impacted by speeches from these fine people, and I have had the privilege of sharing a speaking platform with some of them at pro-life events. Knowing we are not alone in this battle helps us persevere.
The anniversary of Roe versus Wade this year did not find me at a large pro-life event. Instead, I attended a small funeral for someone I had never even met. It was for the sister of one of our coaches here at Saint Albert. I do not know any of the family members well, but I attended the funeral because of their connection to our school. I am so glad I did. This was the most powerful pro-life event I have ever attended.
The written obituary was beautiful. It gave a historical sketch of a life well-lived, and it also pointed to a family who understands love in a profound way. The funeral liturgy was an uplifting experience in the midst of the sorrow and grief of the family. The pastor summed it up well when he said, "The world needs families like yours."
I walked out of church at the end of the service wishing I had known Mary Pat. I could almost feel the joy and love she must have emanated to everyone around her. It was a snowy and dreary day outside, but my heart was filled with sunshine because of this hour of prayer.
I extend my condolences to the entire Heithoff family. I can only imagine the sense of loss you feel. Please know of my prayers for all of you.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary Pat, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.