Thursday, September 26, 2013

15 Lessons We Learned from Father Naus

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Father Naus, Marquette icon and grandfather to all in the Marquette family, never failed to brighten our days with his jolly presence and wide smile. The beloved priest will be dearly missed by all in the Marquette community as he touched the lives of many. 

For evidence of this, just take a look at the #FatherNausTaughtMe hashtag on Twitter. It was started by Jessica Herrick, Arts ‘10, on Sunday night after the Marquette community learned of Father Naus’ passing. 

Father Naus was a philosophy teacher whose wisdom continued to resonate far beyond the walls of his classroom. We remember the many lessons taught by Father Naus. Here are just a few.

1.  Recognize each other for all that they are and do.

"See written on the forehead of everyone you meet today ‘Make me feel important.’"

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2. We are all family. 

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Photo from Dan Voors

3. A sense of humor is the secret for a happy life…and marriage. 

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Photo from Dan Voors.

4. A smile is power.

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5. Love one another. 

"Love everyone, because each person has a story"

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Photo from Sarah Butler

6. Laughter is the best medicine.

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7. You are never alone. God is always with you. 

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8. The small things DO matter. Never take anything for granted.

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9. Success lies in true happiness.

"We rarely succeed at anything unless we have fun doing it."

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Photo from Flickr

10. Learning extends beyond the classroom’s walls. 

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11. ALWAYS be kind.

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12. Age is merely a number. 

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Photo from Erica Breunlin

13. Embrace yourself. 

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14. Not all clowns are scary and balloon animals are appreciated at any age. 

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15. Your spirit will live on.

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-Lauren Holman

Father Naus was a teacher whose wisdom resonated far beyond the classroom. We remember the many lessons he taught us.

Today, we honor his memory with visitation from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m.