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Anne Marie Murphy Homily

Anne Marie Murphy Homily

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HomilyFuneral Mass, 21.XII.12 Anne Marie McGowan MurphyTimothy Cardinal DolanMichael, Kelly Anne, Colleen, Thomas, and Paige;Hugh and Alice;Hugh and Valerie;Mary Pat and Jim;Tom and Clare;Peter and Toni; Alice and Eddie;Catherine and Thom;dear family and close friends of Annie:we love you very much!With you we cry, and do not really know what to say . . .With you, and for you, we
pray hard: 
 thanking God for Annie’s life;asking His mercy in bringing her to her true and eternal home of heaven, asJesus just promised us in the gospel;and seeking
God’s strength 
for you, the strength mentioned by St. Paul thismorning, as you continue to persevere through this tragic loss.
These sentiments of love, prayer, sympathy, and solidarity, come from all of us -- Father Connors, Father Paul, Father Dominic and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, Annie’s spiritual home; from my brother priests; from so many friends and neighbors,indeed, from all over our country and our world - - as we come to Annie’s funeral.In the wisdom of Holy Mother Church, a funeral Mass is not so much about thelife and death of the person we come to bury, but primarily about the life, death, andresurrection of 
. . .
, the divine Teacher, the greatest teacher ever;
, our divine friend, who had a favored place in His Sacred Heart for childrenand for people with special needs;
, who told us that, “Greater love than this no one has, than to lay down hislife for his friends;” 
, who brought all creation together by His own death on the cross, as Hedied so we could live forever;
, who, by rising from the dead, dramatically showed us that the violence,darkness, evil, and death of that Friday does not have the last word, because, whenGod His Father gives life, that life is forever, and cannot be destroyed. Annie would indeed want us to make all of this about
, because she was awoman of 
I never had the honor of meeting Annie, so I’m at a disadvantage.
Then, again, I never had the honor of 
meeting Jesus, yet my unionwith Him is the most important thing in my life. And, because I know
, I feel as if I know
 Ann Marie McGowan Murphy 
, Annie was an excellent teacher;Like Him, she had a favored place in her big, tender heart for children, especiallythose with struggles;Like
, Annie laid down her life for her friends;Like Him, she has brought together a community, a nation, a world, now awedby her own life and death;Like
, Annie’s life and death brings light, truth, goodness, and love, to aworld often shrouded in darkness, evil, selfishness, and death.So, while this is first about
, it’s also about Annie, because, simply put, shelived and died in, with, and through Him. She reminds us of 
. You realize today, December 21, is the darkest day of the year, with the sun - -S – U – N - - at its lowest point; You realize, too, that tomorrow the sun - - S – U – N - - begins its ascent again,as the days gradually get brighter;

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