From: michaela paulson (michaela) To: johnson lincoln (johnson) Date: 2017-08-06 14:01 Subject: How to Support Families Find Friends for the Disabled article Dear friends and fellow Catholics, I am writing this for you, dear friends, because I am so deeply affected by the plight of my family.
The family of Matthew Walker, the Catholic priest who was killed by a drunk driver in June 2017, was recently in my care.
I was able to help Matthew’s wife, Heather, get back to her job and help her raise their two children, Matthew Jr. and Maddie, and their two-year-old son.
I know this because I have been in touch with the Walker family.
I can tell you that Heather has been in constant contact with me since the death of her husband, who was found lying on a Florida road on June 22, 2017, in his car, his face bloodied and unconscious.
My heart breaks for her and her family, but my faith and my love for my faith are stronger.
I have prayed for Heather and her husband and pray that they find some peace.
The Walker family has asked me to do everything possible to support their grief and to help them find their loved ones.
But I can’t do it alone.
I want to pray for Heather, my family, my community, and for Matthew and his family.
So please know that I pray for you and for all the people of this country who need your help.
I am praying for you as you pray for your loved ones, for the family of Reverend William Barber, who lost his life while working with the homeless on July 8, 2018.
Reverend Barber’s family is now asking for your prayers.
You are not alone.
We pray for the Bishop of Philadelphia, who recently announced that he was resigning after the resignation of his assistant bishop and other church leaders over the death in the line of duty of a young man who was arrested for trying to steal a police cruiser.
Our prayers are also with you.
Reverend Andrew Brown, who is also a pastor at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, was the first pastor to resign in the wake of the death.
I pray that Reverend Brown will find peace and peace of mind, as his wife, Marjorie, who serves as his deaconess, told me.
Marjie and I are praying for Reverend Brown.
We know that he is a loving, compassionate, caring pastor who loves his parishioners and cares for them.
I believe that he will find the peace that he so desperately needs, that he needs to find some balance with his life, and that he also will find healing for the pain and anguish of his family and the pain of his parish.
As we pray for Reverend Andrew and the families of Reverend Barber and Reverend Andrew’s wife and the Bishop, I ask you to be generous and help our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church in this time of grief and suffering.
May God be with them.
____________________ Dear Friends, I know I am not the only person in this situation who needs your help right now.
The Catholic Church is facing a crisis that is unprecedented in its history.
The Church, under Pope Francis, has been forced to make some very difficult choices.
Pope Francis has been trying to do something new for decades.
I’m very hopeful that this new strategy will bring the Church back to a sense of its roots, and restore some of its traditions, and to begin the new century with the hope that it will be a place of peace, love, forgiveness, and the joy of life.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, but there are certain things we are asking of the Church: 1.
To take the issue of the disabled more seriously.
To be more honest about the need for a more comprehensive social-service plan.
To begin to build bridges to people who are struggling with addiction and mental illness.
The most important thing to me is to show you that the Church has never been more ready to listen to those who have struggled with their problems and to give them hope.
For decades, our Church has been talking about how we are doing everything we can to make sure people who need our help can get it.
We have been listening to people’s needs and working hard to get people back to work.
We are not giving up.
We will always be here for those in need.
But we must not give up the hope of seeing the Church become more compassionate and loving, which we have always believed was possible.
We must work together to build an inclusive Church that will welcome and help people of all faiths and backgrounds.
We can and must make sure that our Church is more accepting of those who are different and more compassionate toward those who need help.
We need to be better at welcoming and serving people of