If then you remain constant in your faith in the face of trial, the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world, and forever in the next. -St. Jerome
Today is the birthday of my brother-in-law, Jerome LaReau. Jerome comes from a big, joyful Catholic family. They love card playing, a good party, and laughter. It’s no surprise then, that today’s birthday boy is the kind of guy who keeps his face to the sunshine! We jokingly call him “The Godfatha” because he is, in reality, the Godfather to my two oldest sons.
Jerome is a fantastic husband and father to my amazing niece, Katie. He’s always got a warm genuine smile to share, and one never doubts his intentions. He’s just flat out a good guy. He makes everyone feel like someone. He’s self-sacrificing and has the heart of a servant. Although he’s named after one of the great saints of our Church, when I think of him, I really do think of St. Joseph. Allow me to explain. As a guardian and protector of the Church, St. Joseph is a model of humility, dedicating himself to the service of his family, silently doing the ordinary in an extraordinary way and trusting always in the Lord. So much of that speaks loudly to me of the life being led by Jerome LaReau.
Jerome is a cheerful, kind and prudent human. He sings in the choir on Sunday and has served his parish (St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers) in many capacities over the years. The number of times I have watched him make a beautiful breakfast and deliver it to his wife in bed would astound you. I don’t know anyone on the planet who can make a better omelet! He’s always willing to compromise and he is a true man of character.
In his life, I have witnessed as he continues to follow the Lord in all he does. When it looks to me like he’s too exhausted to carry on, he seems to know when to lean in and let Jesus to the heavy lifting. Faithfulness, even when life isn’t delivering a perfect week– God sees that. Also, so do others around him.
Jerome, I hope Jennie and Katie spend some energy to show you all the love you deserve today, because your life is certainly one worth celebrating! I am so blessed to have you in my life, and Nick and Drew couldn’t ask for a better guy to be their Godfather. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, JEROME!!