1st Anniversary: John Vennari, RIP

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat ei
Requiescat in pace Amen +

It was one of the few honors of my own otherwise miserable excuse for a life to know John. He was everything his much closer friends said of him a year ago, and a great deal more. I will only recall on this post one particularly fond series of occasions of which I am sure John will not mind my disclosure.

Some years back a magnificent Jesuit, an authentic disciple of St. Thomas Aquinas, offered the True Rite daily and by grace I came upon it. John and his beautiful family assisted at it and it was in brief chats following the Mass that he and I developed our friendship.

John and Susan’s children reminded me on each occasion of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto and the great Servant of God, Lucia dos Santos. Their parents did a superlative job raising these great, great children. The example John and Susan set for each one of them was a reminder that Catholic family life is infinitely superior to the many tragic examples the world produces and yet it is eminently doable, truly joyful and utterly inspiring when encountered.

My deepest condolences to John’s wife, their son and two daughters on this first anniversary.

Patrick,

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