Grand Knight's message from the January 2013 bulletin:
On Monday, Dec. 10, I was heading into the office late in the morning, after digging us out from the first snow storm of the season. Then I received the most unfortunate call from the office. It was a coworker who was calling, and who informed me that a long-time college mentor and friend had suddenly passed away the day before while snowblowing his driveway. Scott Eskola had, for some reason, taken me under his wing and helped me grow professionally in the industry in which I work. His untimely death at the age of 55 has turned the world of his 19 -year-old and 22-year-old daughters upside-down, I am sure. His ability to make anyone around him laugh instantly will be missed.
On my way home from his funeral I turned on the radio to listen to Christmas music, only to find out the horrific news of the latest school shooting in which 26 were killed (20 of them young children). I do not pretend to have insight as to what must be going on in the minds of the families of this tragedy. I certainly don’t have the qualifications to try and offer to you words on the meaning of times of such loss.
I simply ask you, in the time you would normal spending reading this article, to put down the bulletin and pray for the families in Connecticut whose world has been turned upside down. Pray for Scotty and his wife and young daughters who lost their father too soon. Take a minute to remember the ways in which God has blessed you and to pray for those who need prayers.
These are the only thoughts that come to mind for me as I consider what it must be like for parents sending their beautiful first- or second-graders off to school, only to discover that young child will never come home again.