Tonight I spoke before a gathering of International representatives from the Vatican Council on Christian Unity and the World Evangelical Alliance about the Ray Fitzgerald Lectureship.
It was a beautiful night, blessed with many prayers and God's presence. These scholars, dedicated to Christian unity, heard Ray's story and the vision of the Lectureship named in his honor.
I continue to be grateful to God for the evidence of his plan. Ray's life and death, his faith in Christ and our faith together, continue to inspire the world.
I was telling Maggie about it and she said, did those people know Daddy? And I said, THEY DO NOW.
Ray you continue to live on in this work. Your life and your faith continue to inspire people you never even knew until now. I am proud and inspired by your legacy!!
As we celebrated Ray's birthday with his family we participated in a mass in his honor at St. Thomas More Church. The priest gave an impassioned homily about the Vice Presidential debate and the impact of faith on politics, he quoted from the candidate's words about abortion. The girls eyes were wide, as they had watched the full debate with me a few nights earlier. No one would have liked that homily more than Ray.
In these ways too, Ray lives on.
He lives on as the girls and I watch the debates, as I teach them about politics, as they continue to learn about their dad's impact through politics and most importantly through faith.
Like the Olympics, the Presidential Election is another every four years occurance. We voted last time with Ray. We did a mock election with Nora's kindergarten play group.
How grateful I am to spend four years with my girls. How grateful I am to be able to watch the debates with them. How grateful I am to be able to strengthen their faith as their dad did mine.
not alone and not afraid --
"I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:11