Ang's Cousin Guo Xi-De
his death was horrible; perhaps one of the most atrocious
recorded in history. Nothing was missing, neither the cruelty of
the torments, nor the time they lasted, the most barbaric
humiliations, nor the suffering of the heart, nor the
hypocritical betrayal of false friends, nor the hostile and
threatening screams of his murderers, nor the darkness of being
abandoned. Pope Pius XII
Angela's father, Anthony Morelli, joined the Marine Corps at 17 (wink wink) and fought in Korea. One night his truck was caught in an ambush and the men dove into a roadside ditch, only to realize they had forgotten all their guns. Pinned down for several minutes and unable to return fire, Tony said "This is nuts!", ran back to the truck under a hail of bullets, and began tossing carbines and machine guns to the other Marines. After they shot their way out of the mess, his lieutenant said "Morelli, you just won yourself a Silver Star." The officer was later killed, though, and as is the case for so many other heroes, the only ones who know of Papa Morelli's bravery (besides God) are relatives who never had to face such terror.
When we find good days for a birthday, we tend to keep using them over and over.
Sr. Emmanuel (Morelli) OP
Angela Morelli Peters
May 3, 1993
Anthony M. Gaal
Robert E. Peters
James A. Peters
Karen Brown Chapman
Edward N. Peters
Joan Kuttenkuler Morelli
Charles A. Peters
Margaret A. Peters
Linda Peters Metz
Susan Peters Henderson
Ed's nephew Richard is a defensive lineman on a junior league football team. On a practice play from scrimmage, Richard crashed through the line and sacked the QB. "Way to go Richard!" shouted the coach. On the second play, Richard crashed through the line and sacked the QB. "Nice job, Rich. Good hustle." On the third play, Richard crashed through the line and sacked the QB. "Metz, time to come out," the coach called, "the offense needs some practice running a complete play!"
Ed's cousin Jenny Peters is a film reviewer for Gayot.com. See also Dick Van Dyke, below.
Angela's Gra'mere Morelli (b. 1900) used to write us wonderful letters when we were first married; she would start in English, then go into French for a few paragraphs, then into Italian, whatever she felt like at the moment.
When our oldest son, Thom, managed his first sentence, "I have a book", know what he was holding? The 1917 Code of Canon Law. enp
HRH George VI
In 1939, King George VI became the first British monarch to visit the United States. Fortunately his visit coincided with Grandpa Morelli's tenure as a master leather craftsman in New York. Anthony Sr. installed the upholstery in the limousine that carried the royal couple around town. Family lore has it that His Royal Highness remarked, "I say, what comfortable cars they have over here."
Ed's cousin, Dru, and her husband Homer, have a creative, organic poultry business, Sunnyside Farm, that features some pretty neat inventions for helping the birds stay healthy till harvest.
To inquire about ordering
turkey for Thanksgiving, or chicken starting next June,
or e-mail Dru Peters at
Thom (21) after Midnight Mass in 2006. See also his blog, Americanpapist.com
Some Edward Peters & Angela Morelli Family Things
Ed's dad shows how a letter to the editor is really an art form. [Original text restored]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (October 1984)
Judge Campbell, in recently sentencing several "pro-life" protesters to periods in county jail for actions at an abortion center, was quoted as saying that "anarchy would not be permitted" in his jurisdiction. Last Sunday, my wife and I joined a small group of these "anarchists" in a demonstration before the judge's home in Webster Groves. The anarchical group consisted of about twenty men and women, several young children, and three babies in strollers. Our quiet one-hour walk was the very antithesis of anarchism.
[My wife and I are not regular members of these protesting groups--we lack the will power, dedication, determination, and overwhelming sense of tragedy that permeates them. But we just had to join them Sunday, in sympathy, for the ten or so of their members now in Gumbo, and in empathy for those who were enduring the rain in Webster Groves. The saddest thing we noted about this group was their general youth--most of them, given a choice, surely would have rather been watching the Cardinals/Dallas football game.]
Judge Campbell seems equally dedicated and determined to lay the down the law['s gauntlet] to these people. He refuses to acknowledge that there is man's law and there is God's Law, and if the two must collide, for John Ryan and Ann O'Brien and the others there is no question which to observe. [Conceived infants are being murdered under the protection of "man's law" and for the protesting group we joined Sunday, there is no choice. God's Law must be observed, notwithstanding Judge Campbell's ability to punish those who do so.] How sad, how tragic, how upside down. How much my wife and I, blessed with five children whom we did not chose to abort, admire every one of these "anarchists"!.
In 2006, WST presented a reprise of their Christmas Carol at Washtenaw Community College for 10 performances, nearly all of which sold out. This time, Theresa played Tiny Tim, Margaret was a Cratchit child, and Robert was Young Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
The San Diego Alliance for Language and Literacy for Deaf Children, Christmas Party 2000.See Robert and Margaret?
The San Diego Alliance for Language and Literacy for Deaf Children, Literacy Faire 2000.
See Angela, Charlie (his legs!), Margaret, and Theresa?
Two of my all-time favorite people, Abp. Burke and my nephew Richard Metz, Confirmation, May 2008
(Archbishop Burke is on the left, holding the shepherd's staff)