Friday, November 28, 2014

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston Founder and President Father T.J. Martinez

The Houston Chronicle is reporting this morning that Father Martinez passed from stomach cancer. I have stayed away from this story because I considered it personal to Father Martinez. Through his battle he focused on the mission of being a Jesuit priest.  He kept his faith while never faltering on the mission he believed God outlined for him

My long term readers know I have a special place in my heart for Jesuit priests.  The only reason I am not one is I could not believe in the doctrine of Catholicism.  But that does not mean I could not believe in the mission of the Jesuit priests.  I am certain it brought great joy to Father Martinez when Pope Francis, a Jesuit priest, was elevated to Pope.

You can read more in the Houston Chronicle.

His family will hopefully focus on the his wonderful life instead of the sorrow which comes with the passing of a loved one.  There is so much to celebrate about the life of Father T.J. Martinez.  So many, many children and their children and their grandchildren will continue to live the blessings T.J. Martinez brought to the poorest of the poor of Houston.


Father Martinez proved the poorest of the poor could be educated in a highly challenging curriculum.  Trust me the Jesuits do not dumb down anything.  When you finish graduating a Jesuit Preparatory school you are highly educated.  Father Martinez had faith and confidence in these poor children living in horrible conditions.  He proved they could be given a complex and highly challenging education.

Let us honor Father Martinez by bringing his faith in children and education to BISD.


BobbyWC said...

As I was publishing this piece a reader posted the below comment to a positive story I did on Father Martinez many, many years ago.

Thanks for your post.

"TJ Martinez. Fr. Martinez was blessed to be filled with God's Grace and those of us who do not have or feel that Grace are envious. I am envious but rather than lash out I try to understand and emulate.

Fr. Martinez passed away today suffering from stomach cancer. He was far too young to be taken from us, but the good he has done and the effect on our world in his short time here are part of God's infinite goodness that will be with us and grow forever.

The many he touched are distraught today, but it is up to all of us to carry on as he would have. "

From an Anony

BobbyWC said...

I concur, but now is not the time.

Maybe he will see what is obvious to the both of us

Bobby WC