I Awoke to Heart-Wrenching News Today…

I awoke to some absolutely heart-wrenching news this morning…my family’s priest was brutally murdered down in Waveland Mississippi.  He bcame such a part of my family, that I called him Father Uncle Ed.

As with most priests, he was transferred from Memphis down to Hammond, Louisiana. But he didn’t hesitate to travel back to Memphis just to marry Rich and me. It meant the world to me that Father Ed married us.  This was the type of man Father Ed was- loyal, compassionate and always jolly. 

Here’s the news story:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137803927

In trying to search for meaning in this senseless crime (authorities think that he was murdered during a robbery), the one thing that I keep coming back to is this:

Life is Short. Each Day is a Gift.

Father Ed was just relaxing at a beach house. When he awoke that morning, there was no way that he could have know that it would be his last.

It is for this reason that you cannot afford to postpone your plans. If you aren’t living the life that you want to be living…. waiting til next week, or next fall, or next year is just plain foolish.

If you’ve been meaning to get started building you business…get moving today.
If you’ve been meaning to call a loved one just to say “I love you”…call today.
If you’ve been harboring a grudge against someone…. forgive them today.

You aren’t owed another day. Don’t take anything for granted.

Live each day as if it was your last.

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4 Responses to “I Awoke to Heart-Wrenching News Today…”

  1. Diane Hochman Says:

    Natasha…

    Your post jarred me. I am so sorry to hear this news.

    Please let me know if there is a way to make a donation to your home church in Father Eds name.

    You are correct…we NEVER know what tomorrow brings.

    And when I hear stories like this it makes me embrace each day more.

  2. Natasha Nassar Says:

    Diane,

    Thank you so very much for your kind words. It is hard to believe that someone so compassionate and loving could have had his life ended so brutally.

    I know that Father Ed would be happy to know that his tragic death helped impact others life in a positive way, by encouraging them to embrace each day to the fullest and treat each day as a gift from God.

    I know our Church would be so grateful to have a donation in memory of Father Ed.

    St. Peter Catholic Church
    190 Adams Avenue
    Memphis, Tennessee 38103

    Thanks again for your thoughfulness, Diane, it means a lot to me and to all of those who loved Father Ed.

    Hugs,
    Natasha

  3. Sally Says:

    Hi Natasha,
    By fluke, I went to get on Monavie University and ended up on your info. I am new to network marketing and was pondering some direction this morning. What is amazing is I found it in such an odd place…..the artile about Father Ed. This morning, I was thinking about purpose, and my mind wandered to a week that was one of the most impactful in my life, a week I spent volunteering in Waveland, 5 weeks after Katrins. After that week, I vowed to change so many things, but they fizzled out over time….I was just thinking it was time to get my head back to that special place and time and rekindle the emotions it gave to me to drive me forward and grab each day. I am so sorry for your loss, this must have been so hard to hear. For me, today, I will re think again where I am at and where I am going. Thank you for sharing this story – it will touch people in so many different ways, whatever they are able to learn from it, from whatever point of readiness they are at.
    Blessings,
    Sally

  4. Natasha Nassar Says:

    Glad this experience could re-kindle the desire to make the most of each day. It’s what Father Ed would have wanted. Making changes can be difficult sometimes, but in the end, so many people’s lives can be changed by the decisions you make. I use that to fuel me to make the difficult changes that I need to make in order to move forward. All the Best, Natasha

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