Aldon Hynes on Thu,
04/14/2011 - 19:35
Sunday marks the beginning of
Holy Week for many Christians.
It is a time of remembering the
triumphant entrance of Jesus
into Jerusalem, followed by his
betrayal and even his closest
friends turning their backs on
him, before he was crucified and
rose again. It provides a
framework for my thoughts about
two messages I recently
R.I.P., Marley Francis
Jones........You will be missed.
With all our love,
The Red House Gang (your second
I only met Marley a couple
times, at my Uncle’s funeral and
at my Aunt’s funeral. He was a
dedicated Franciscan and was
always incredibly kind.
The message went on to say,
Marley was always there to help
us through our sad times as well
as the happy ones. He will be
greatly missed by all of his
Always there to help... I guess
it is something we all look for.
We all have difficult times. We
all have joyous times, and
through all of it, we all need
people to be there to help us.
The second email was from a
person that has had difficulty
finding someone to be with her
and her family during a
difficult time. It was from
Alexa McClain, the grandmother
of Monique McClain. Monique had
been so badly bullied in a
Middletown, CT school, that her
family pulled her out and has
been battling with the school
district to get them to properly
enforce their zero tolerance of
bullying policy and to provide a
safe learning environment.
Unfortunately, those whose job
it is to make sure that children
are provided a safe learning
environment seem to be making
the problem worse.
Fortunately, the North End
Action Team eventually found a
Wesleyan student to tutor
Monique, but even with that, the
school district’s stonewalling
continues to threaten Monique’s
I just wish Marley was around
for Monique. Perhaps, he,
together with St. Francis, and
others will pray for Monique.
Perhaps her struggles with being
bullied and having almost no one
around to stand up for her will
be transformed in to a joyful
new life where she is valued the
way Marley was valued. Maybe she
will be valued the way St.
Francis and Jesus valued all
those that people in power have
overlooked or turned their backs