in memory or betty young
From Fr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J.:
When I think of Betty Young, the word that comes to mind is faithfulness. Betty’s faith, her love for Jesus Christ and his Church, was the most important thing in her life. She turned to the Lord with gratitude when there was a reason to celebrate – when she celebrated the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, after years of praying for it to happen – and she turned to God too when she was suffering or saw those around her suffering.
She was faithful too in the sense that she was always there when she was needed. If we were planning classes or a Church event, I could always count on her for sloppy joes or something else to make sure everyone got fed.
Betty was a faithful disciple of Jesus, and there’s nothing more important than that. I said Mass today for Betty – with tears in my eyes – and by chance I flipped to the wrong page and read the reading for next week: “God is not so unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name” (Heb 6:10). Maybe it wasn’t a mistake – since I thought immediately of Betty, of all her work, the love she demonstrated for God. I know she suffered in this life too, but God will not overlook her faithfulness. The reward she now enjoys with the saints, I am certain, is beyond any words of mine. She and Kateri will have some catching up to do. And I’m sure the saints are enjoying that laugh too. I’m glad that Betty will be praying for us now. She was a strong, kind and humble soul, a good faithful Christian, and I am grateful that she was there when I was on Rosebud. I will really miss seeing her the next time I visit, though she served God so long and so faithfully – and I know that now she sees him face to face.