The Eulogy For Br. Stewart-Germain Sparling
Life Professed. Sept 8, 1941 / February 9,2015
Br. Stewart-Germain Sparling
We Live, We Love, we Move and have our being in Christ the Lord. No one knew the meaning of those words better than Br. Germain,
throughout his lifetime. The name Germain means “Brother” and he understood totally what it meant to be Brother to his sister Alice and
his brothers from birth. However Germain had a calling that went well beyond his familial bonds and ties. He had a yet larger family-His
brothers in this fraternity of San Damiano. He was present to them, loved them and served them. Germain imitated the words of the
prophet Micah, when he made his best effort to walk humbly, act justly and to love tenderly. Germain demonstrated this over and over
in his life to the residents at the Bishop Broderick Apartments-yet another family of his to whom he ministered and cared for almost
daily. They loved him in return and took good care of him. Germain loved and live the Gospel in his life. He took his promises as a
Lifetime professed member of this community with great devotion, and Gratitude to almighty God for all that had been done for him. He
Formed relationships with so many of the brothers being present to Them and doing what St. Francis requires of all Franciscans-to preach
Gospel and using as few words as possible. Germain did this with total Surrender to the Lord. Germain knew he would never have total
Happiness and peace in this world because the peace and the Happiness he longed for can only be found in God. Some people make
The mistake of resorting to the things of this world to find happiness But they will never be happy if they do not look for happiness in God.
ST. Augustine said it best saying “You have made us For Yourself, O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee. Psalm 63
Expresses those beautiful sentiments in yet another way: “O God You are my God, for you I long; For you my soul is thirsting.
My Body Pines for you, Like a dry weary land without water. Germain understood the meaning of redemptive suffering. His days
Began and ended at the foot of the cross. Can we all say the same? First Corinthians chapter 13 reminds us that there are only three things
In life that last. They are faith, hope and Love, the greatest of these Being Love. St. John’s tells us that God is Love-it is the only description
Given of God in Scripture. As Franciscans of San Damiano , Germain Learned with each of his brothers that we are called by name by God
and this happened while we were still in the womb. This calling placed the very seal and the breath of God upon our brows. It would bind
us together in this fraternity. Germain indeed lived a charmed life. He had so many who were part of The tapestry of his life-first his family,
his brothers, his special Friendship with Br. Robert Francis and his family, Br. Paul-Allan, and of Course Gorge and Maryann to name a few.
What grace you shared with Each other in time. A blessing not only for Germain but for the Gospel of all of your lives. The words Do not be
afraid; Peace be with You are spoken no less than 365 times in the Scripture . Today I am Certain Germain is saying Do not let your hearts
be troubled but trust In God-Peace be with you! The Great John Paul II says it best when he wrote: I believe what we will
Be asked at the end of our lifetime by the Lord is what did you do with The talents I gave you? I am certain he has already said to Germain:
Well Done Good and Faithful servant, Come into your father’s presence For eternity.
Pax et Bonum to you all, Love Germain!