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3 John 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good.
Dad’s constant advice was to look up to the good examples of kindness and love that were all around me rather than at people who did not work hard and got by on charm or chance. Dad pushed his children to aspire to do something substantive with our intellect and energy and to help others struggling in a sluggish job market.
My fondest memory is reading the daily newspaper with my father in the mornings. I read the comics and the advice columns, and Dad pointed out the human-interest stories that showcased leadership in difficult situations. Even then, he wanted me to embrace examples of strong moral leaders in ordinary settings. My darling dad wanted me to know that I could stretch myself to be good…and do good.
May he rest in peace, and rise in glory. Amen.
Today the Church remembers Frances Joseph Gaudet, Educator and Prison Reformer, 1934.