Marquette University, my alma mater, announced that one of its great Jesuits, Father John Naus, passed away over the weekend. John was an institution at Marquette, a man just as comfortable blowing up balloon animals or playing a little guitar and singing funny songs with students as saying Mass and hearing confessions.
He had a way of bringing out the childlike in people young and old, and his loss will be keenly felt even by those who haven't seen him in many years.
I notice that on Marquette's Tumblr they posted a little story about John with some great ideas on how to honor him. Ideas like:
- Mail a hand-written card to a friend
- Buy someone a cup of coffee
- Ask your roommate about their day and genuinely listen
- Walk someone home
- Tell a joke
- Act like it’s Christmas in September
- See written on the forehead of everyone you meet today, ‘Make me feel important.’
He was a very good man.