There are truly saints and blesseds among us. Today, I remember Father Mycal Judge, the venerable Franciscan and chaplain to the FDNY, who was the first recorded death during the September 11 terrorist attacks. The scene of the firefighters carrying his deceased body from the rummage is one of the most memorable images of September 11.
In New York, Father Judge was well known for ministering to the homeless, the hungry, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, the sick, injured, and grieving, immigrants, gays and lesbians and those alienated by society.
During the homily for his funeral, his fellow Franciscan said: “We come to bury his] body, but not his spirit. We come to bury his voice, but not his message. We come to bury his hands, but not his good works. We come to bury his heart, but not his love.”
Father Mycal Judge–saint of God–pray for us.