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6/23/2011 5:32:00 AM
DAD'S WORDS
Fatherly advice

Editor's note: The Evangelist asked area Catholics to recall the best advice their father - or a father figure - ever gave them.

• "My father passed away when I was just a baby, but people still tell me about his kindness - even today, over 60 years later. That's the lesson he taught me: that little acts of kindness mean a lot and they live on." - Rev. James Spenard, OSA, pastor, St. Augustine's parish, Troy

• "'Put turf builder on the lawn!' When he passed away, out of all the sage advice he had given me growing up, that's what I remembered. And I always add a little to his cemetery plot - with apologies to the cemetery staff." - Ginny Daley, secretary to Bishop Howard J. Hubbard

• "'If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything.'" - Eileen Davenport, assistant for special programs, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Albany

• "My dad frequently said (and still says), 'God writes straight on crooked lines.'" - Stephen Mawn, associate director for catechist formation and respect life, diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life

• "My Dad always told us, 'Be yourself - you've got what it takes.' I love him!" - Kathy Trudeau, internal auditor, Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese

• "The best advice my dad gave me was not spoken, but rather lived. A man of character, integrity, infinite good will, humor and God, he taught by example. As they say, actions speak louder than words." - Carol Raabe, composition specialist, The Evangelist

• "'Always keep your self-respect and respect for others.' He also said, 'Don't be quick to criticize others because you're not in their shoes.'" - Vivian Morelli, parish secretary, St. Augustine's parish, Troy

(Compiled by staff writer Casey Normile)





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