It is an admittededly emotional inspiration that causes me to have trouble disengaging from this tragedy.
I never heard of this family, but in my private life, I have always had a fear that, if God took me early, what would become of my family?
Yes, I have a life insurance policy, but that money will not help my wife or children get to heaven.
I have always harbored a hope that if I gave to people at my own expense, maybe God and Our Lady would have mercy on a wretch like me and, for my family's sake, help them in my absence.
And I have always harbored the opposite fear, that if I did not give something to those who were in need, then if I died, what right would I have to expect God and Our Lady to extend a hand to my family?
I think about the widow's mite, and see many donating $20 or $25, and my faith in fraternal charity is somewhat restored.
They said they would have a Mass said for anyone who could help in any way (prayer or otherwise), and that is a rich dividend.
I'm going to let this go now, but my heart and prayers go out to them.