While 20 years added plenty of gray hairs to our heads and pounds to our frames, I was blessed to continue to know Manny, as he became Deacon Manny and served the Church in his ministry. On the Feast of the Holy Family in 2011, I was doing sign language interpreting for Deacon Manny, when he provided a deeply insightful and moving homily. As the head of a biological family, Deacon Manny had an insight which brought me to tears:
- "Of all the people in scripture, [Saint] Joseph is probably one of the most underrated of all....he cared for Mary and Joseph as any good father would....Those of us who are fathers today have one big responsibility that Joseph NEVER had to worry about. Our most important job is to get our families to Heaven...."
Deacon Manny, I will pray that you are reuniting with your beloved bride, Sandy. Please keep us in your prayers, especially those of us who are trying to get our families to Heaven.