I share this note from the daughter of a Navy friend, CDR Phil Murphy-Sweet, who died in action in Iraq. She is running the Marine Marathon 10K race with her brother Seth tomorrow in honor of their father.
Perhaps you will be moved to help support TAPS. Whether or not you do so, please pray for the Murphy-Sweets and all those who have lost family members serving our country.
Here is Olivia's note:
"Dear Father Cusick,
"I am raising money on behalf of the TAPS organization that we used after my father died. I am running the 10K race in Washington DC with my brother Seth in honor of our dad, CDR Philip Murphy-Sweet.
"By being a member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) “2008 Run and Remember Team” I am raising money and awareness to help support the loved ones of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. This year, I will be running in memory of my dad, CDR Philip Murphy-Sweet. Please help me to honor their memory by supporting me in this race. Visit my website and make your contribution today!
"The funds I raise will flow directly into TAPS programming such as a 24 hour crisis and information hotline, peer support, Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps for both adults and children. No contribution is too big or too small. For example, your $250 donation could cover the cost of one child’s attendance to a TAPS Good Grief Camp, where he or she can work through their grief with other children and family members who share their journey. For a $50 donation, you could furnish a TAPS survivor care package to a newly grieving family.
"In addition to the hotline, peer support, seminars and camps, TAPS also offers a quarterly magazine, newsletters and a weekly chat line. TAPS provides these services at no charge to every branch of the service, including the Reserves and the National Guard. TAPS’ programs and services are available not only for spouses and children, but also for parents, siblings, fiancées, and friends.
"So please help me help the TAPS families in need by visiting my website and making your donation today. Let us honor those who have died on October 25, 2008.
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support TAPS
A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin - The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, [M]ortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from...
1 day ago