February 13, 2022
To mark this 20 year anniversary, I invite you to renew Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving.”
Here is who, what, when, where, why and how:
Let’s keep it simple.
As Eric’s sister, I humbly received the torch from my Mom, Mary Molnar, to shine bright, so here is the guiding light, sow to speak (pun intended):
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.”
“Eric was just like any other student on Ash Wednesday (2-13-2002). He attended Mass at school that day and received ashes to his forehead. But, Eric also made a conscious decision to be more giving. It was something he decided on his own, not something I said he should do,” said Mary Molnar of her son’s special Lenten promise that year. “He was a big candy lover. He always gave up candy for Lent, so I took his Lenten promise that year to be more of a life changing effort on his part, not just something you do for Lent and forget about.” (The Vincentian Word, Winter 2005)
Eric’s Promise, “to be more giving” was then created and solidified in my Mom’s heart, as of Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2002. Now, being 20 years later, to date.
Eric Henry, 17 years old, ended up passing away the very next day, Valentine’s Day 2002, in a single car accident.
- “Have we ever been so focused on what really matters in life and what doesn’t?” (Principal’s Corner – Joe Brettnacher – Marian High School, 2002)
- Helping to lessen the suffering of others, through acts of kindness, is what Eric’s Promise is all about. Eric made a promise, “to be more giving” and this sacred covenant is all encompassing.
Saint Mother Teresa tells us that there are 5 sufferings: “Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Emotional. Financial.”
Timeframe: Ash Wednesday through Easter (and beyond if you feel moved to do so)
Ways to Participate: (Remember that you must be stronger than your excuses)
- Create cards, for any time of the year, and send to any Life Center. Words of encouragement and compassion are to be included. Whether it is a quote, a drawing, uplifting photos with a short message, craft, poem, short story, letter of endearment, etc. Use your imagination. Tap into your gifts of creativity.
- Use the power of technology by hosting a virtual music concert, focused on encouragement and compassion, for any Life Center.
- Have a pow-wow amongst Student Council, Scout Groups, Youth Groups of all kinds, CCD classes etc. and create a class project, a school project or even a community project in how “to be more giving.”
- Examples of Life Centers are Hospitals, Homeless Centers, Abuse Shelters, Addiction Rehabilitation Centers, Foster Homes, any Life Transitioning Center, any and all Elderly Care Centers, Prisons, Homes for the Disabled and Charities that support single mothers. The list goes on. Just pick one and GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT.
“Eric will continue to make himself known to us, for he remains “alive in Christ.”” (1 Cor 15:22; Col 3:3) (Principal’s Corner – Joe Brettnacher – Marian High School, 2002)
With Gratitude, Eric’s sister
I dedicate the Renewal of Eric’s Promise to my Faith; my Mother, Mary Molnar; The communities, near and far, that have kept his promise going…