Niagara Gazette — Part of that stirring message:
“On Flanders Field in World War 1, She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun, She turned blood red in World War 11, She hung limp, and low, a time or two. She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam... She’s getting thred bare, and she’s wearin’ thin, But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in. Cause she’s been through the fire before and I believe she can take a whole lot more.”
Today, of course, we could add Afghanistan, Iraq, and other war-torn countries. And how could this generation ever forget that scene on 9-11, the Stars and Stripes standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center?
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: A memorial Mass for the Rev. Thomas Moore, OSFS, 74, a Niagara Falls native and priest for 47 years, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Independence Avenue and 27th Street. Father Moore, ordained to the priesthood in 1966 in France, was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School (1956) and the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
He served in wide ranging capacities with the Order of St. Francis de Sales including as a teacher, in parish ministry and as a hospital chaplain.
He was on assignment in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2010 when that area was devastated by an earthquake. Listed as missing, he was found safe several days later. A spokesman for the religious order said at the time: “God must have spared his life so he may continue to help the people of Haiti in this time of crisis.”
In a blog he wrote a few months before his death (May 29, 2013), Father Moore expressed his feelings about dealing with pancreatic cancer: “I wish it were better news but frankly, it’s okay with me. I love god and God loves me. I’m fine with God. It’s getting things done here on earth before I leave that makes me weak. But I know that will turn out okay, according to God’s plan.”
What a powerful message as he approached death ... teaching a valuable lesson to the living.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2259.