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Lost one of the best in Fr. William Horath PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

If Billy Joel was correct in saying, “Only the good die young,” Father William Horath would have been gone long ago. This past week, we lost one of the best.

Big-time kudos to all involved in any aspect of Father’s wake, funeral mass and luncheon. It was heartwarming to see the overwhelming community support. The outpouring of priests, deacons, fire department and emergency medical services personnel was absolutely astonishing. It was touching in so many ways.

While his parishioners, visitors and friends will never be able to enjoy that perfect smile when presented Holy Communion, we know he is smiling at us from heaven. Any of us who listened to his homilies about anointing of the sick know he asked for absolution and the Apostolic Blessing to insure a direct flight upstairs.

John 15:13 says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” Father Horath may have laid down, but his love for all of us will be never ending.

Until we meet again, may God hold him in the palm of his hand.

Kelly McPartlin

Eagle River

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:49 PM


+2 #6 2014-05-29 17:49
Oh rest assured... I feel blessed to have been there. And it certainly is not something I will ever forget.
-2 #5 Frank Gabl 2014-05-29 10:38

The reason I asked is that I've never been fortunate enough to experience what you've described.

To me, your experience transcends "faith" and enters into the realm of reality.

And it's one thing when similar accounts are media generated, and quite another when it's coming unsolicited from someone you know.

Few people have been as lucky as you have.

Thanks, this will stay with me.
+1 #4 2014-05-29 08:14
I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were true miracles.

That one call has really stuck with me. You could feel something... literally, feel it. And then when she turned, it was pure awe. I didn't even know what to do after that... I kind of stood there completely dumbfounded. I just didn't know what to do next. The training was out the window.

Some will likely say it was all coincidence, or it was all in my head. But they are likely not believers anyways so they would never understand. The feeling that I personally felt... It is one of those things I can't even explain. It was like a warmth without heat and almost like there was a gentle thickness in the air.

Another way to put it, is that it reaffirms your faith in the deepest way possible.
-6 #3 Frank Gabl 2014-05-28 11:59

Since you were an eyewitness on several occasions to what you just described - and with ALL things considered - are you "convinced" that these were miracles?

+16 #2 2014-05-27 16:02
Father Horath was truly one of the finest human beings it has been my privelege to know. Godspeed.
+2 #1 2014-05-27 15:28

Very, very, very much in agreement. I saw Fr. Horath on many different ambulance calls, even at 2:00 am in the morning with the wind blowing and temps -30°F all so that he could offer comfort and blessings to those who were in jeopardy.

I remember a call some years ago when we had an elderly woman failing fast and we were getting everything ready to start CPR. When he showed up, he touched her head. She looked up at him, smiled, and within a minute she was completely recovered.

But it wasn't just that one call... I saw that same thing happen on many different calls.

I am going to miss seeing him at the calls. It was always comforting not only to the patients, but to us as EMT's to have him there, especially during the very difficult ones.

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