by Lynn Grandon
Father Bill died this week and we are grieving.
I loved being around Father Bill, who poured himself out in the Diocese of Colorado Springs — and far beyond.
As a rule, he was quiet and unassuming. Most people by observation would have pegged him a shy man. But bring up the subject of protecting early human life in the womb … and watch the warrior emerge! At conferences for the USCCB’s Diocesan Directors for Pro-Life Issues – Father Bill would regularly be “at the mike” for public debate and deeper questioning of the topic at hand. I can’t help but picture him now in Heaven, with clusters of little children around him, hugging his legs and thanking him for praying for them, and caring for them when no one else did – while they were being lost to abortion there in Colorado Springs. He prayed. He offered Masses … for years.
We tend to forget the eternal perspective of this issue – but, hopefully, the passing of this holy man will continue to raise awareness regarding the immense value, worth and dignity – of every single human life – born and yet unborn.
Father Bill, we thank God for your determined and fearless witness. May you rest in peace, and enjoy your incredible eternal rewards.
“Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man – the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9