Francis Cardinal George went home today and I will truly miss him. Although I had the honor to meet Cardinal George, we were not friends. What I mean is, I didn’t know him on a personal level and we didn’t hang out or anything like that. However, I love Cardinal George and pray for the repose of his soul. He was the most brilliant man and I will miss his homilies and writings, I am so glad he is not in pain anymore. He went through so much physical suffering. Awhile back there was a meme produced by Word on Fire and it was a portrait of Cardinal George with the words:
“HE’S BEEN ABANDONED IN GREENLAND, SHOT AT IN THE PHILIPPINES, ATTACKED IN BRUSSELS, BOMBED IN SRI LANKA, HELD AT GUNPOINT IN THE CONGO, BANNED FROM SOUTH AFRICA, AND DEPORTED FROM INDIA. HE BEAT POLIO. HE SPEAKS 7 LANUAGES. HE BEAT CANCER. TWICE.
THE ORIGINAL MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD.”
So this afternoon, when thinking of all of Cardinal George’s suffering and now passing, I thought of a passage in St. Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Diary
“One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.” St. Faustina, Notebook I, 153
Francis Cardinal George, Thank you for being a wonderful spiritual father. Thank you for defending the faith and faithful. And, thank you for showing us, by example, walking the narrow path with joy.