Angelica Nappi R.I.P.Dear Ones:
There's no doubt about it- our God is a loving God and He wants us to celebrate being alive and to enjoy our short time here on earth!
Indeed, his very first MIRACLE was at the behest of his Mom at a wedding in Cana. Mother Mary asked her Son to replenish the wine supply for the wedding party in progress.
As the loving and caring Savior that he is, Jesus complied to the delight of all present. It's interesting that the Lord in all his wisdom chose 'party time' as a moment suitable to first expose people to the wonderment of his miraculous ministry.
But as much as we are encouraged to 'be joyful always', sometimes we cannot help but deeply grieve when we lose someone we love. It is at those times that God's admonition to 'be joyful always' is absurd in the face of our suffering. Of course, it is then that we have our most powerful opportunities to let our 'FAITH' sustain us...if only we let it.
And leave it to humankind to take their God-given JOY and use it to 'overindulge'. When our partying becomes excessive and self-abusive, it becomes tragic. Worst of all, excessive behaviors affects more than just the perpetrator, especially when innocent victims become involved.
Getting irresponsibly drunk or blown out on drugs and then getting behind the wheel is not only foolish, but it is also a very, very thoughtless and selfish act.DRUNK DRIVING & DRIVING WHILE HIGH ON DRUGS KILLS INNOCENT PEOPLE.
Sometimes young people are cut down in their 'prime', even before they've had a chance to live their lives fully. Sometimes, parents outlive their children--an indescribable sadness that appears to defy all natural laws. Such loss is never forgotten.
Parents are supposed to pre-decease their children...not the other way around. NO ONE is supposed to look down at a casket and say, "This is my daughter". No parent should even say, "This is my son", or "This is my grandchild" at a graveside, in mourning.
Mom Dawn & Dad Joseph Nappi &The deaths of children affect their peers even more. It is not possible for most young people to be able to comprehend the circumstances of and the finality of the death of one of their classmates. Friends aren't supposed to DIE...they're supposed to 'be there' so you can hang out together, graduate together and eventually grow up and attend each others' weddings and other happy events together. It's not supposed to happen like this!
But sometimes things do not go as planned and the inconceivable occurs. In the case of ANGELICA NAPPI, who was killed on February 22, 2008, two and a half years ago at the age of 14 by a driver on drugs, the lives of her family and friends are inexorably changed.
Next month on Friday, October 22, 2010 (the day school/business day before her birthday the next day) KIMBERLY SEXTON and MICHELLE PRIMAVERA are asking us to 'WEAR PURPLE'. HERE IS THE LINK:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132865980095222#!/event.php?eid=132865980095222&ref=mf Please join me, also, in doing this--not only to commemorate Angelica and her Mom Dawn and Dad Joseph, for her sister Nicolette and her brother Joseph...but for ALL WHOSE YOUNG LIVES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Please all who are reading this, please join us. Wear purple on October 22, 2010 to remember ANGELICA and all the CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST due to drunk drivers and to drivers high on drugs. Let ANGELICA'S 'CALL' be one for ALL YOUTH LOST IN DRUNK/DRUGGED DRIVING ACCIDENTS ALL OVER THE GLOBE.
Below are some sad links of Angelica's mother Dawn and her efforts along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) to help prevent future tragedies from happening.
We do not know now what God's motivations and reasons are for taking our children so young. All we can do is pray that one day He will tell us.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
But we can be comforted by knowing that they are definitely safe and sound in a Heavenly Realm. Having 'been out of my body' myself due to sepsis and major surgery, I can tell you that THIS (this earthly life) is the hard part! Believe it.
As our children who have gone before us are now united together and in good Hands, why can't we here left behind do likewise and 'stick together' to support and uplift each other?God Bless you for taking the time to read this a for participating in Purple Remembrance Day on October 22, 2010 at the request of Michelle Primavera and Kimberly Sexton.
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
"Dawn Nappi has a mission: to prevent children from being killed by intoxicated drivers.
Nappi, 38, of Holbrook, has teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the wake of the death of her daughter, Angelica Nappi.
Angelica, 14, died Friday, three days after the car she was riding in with five other girls - including her sister, Nicolette Nappi, 12 - was struck in Medford by a car police said was driven by an unlicensed driver on drugs.
"I hope the death of my daughter is a gain in that there's a productive force to prevent this from happening again," she said. "I want to spare other parents this heartache."
The driver, Stephen Catalano, 37, of West Babylon, remained in fair condition in Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he is in police custody. Catalano was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and was expected to be arraigned today in First District Court in Central Islip.
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