As we acknowledge the 15th anniversary of 9/11, I thought I would repost this to honor the memory of Fr. Judge
Fr. Mychal Judge is best known to most of us for his courageous actions as a New York City Fire Department Chaplain. On 9/11, he sacrificed his life as he administered the Last Rites.
There is a famous picture of Father Mychal being carried away from the site of his death. But I selected the above picture because, as significant as was his death, his life was more than that last act of heroism. Much more.
Fr. Mychal was a Wounded Healer. He drew upon his own struggles to reach out to many long before 9/11.
First of all, he was a recovering alcoholic some 23 years clean and sober at the time of his death. He remained active in Alcoholics Anonymous and, through his own recovery, helped others find their way to sobriety.
Fr. Mychal was also gay, a Franciscan priest in a religious organization not known for its welcoming attitude toward gays…
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