Sunday 31 July 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This homily might well be entitled, ‘You can’t take it with you’. The industrialist and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller, lived from 1839 to 1937, founding the Standard Oil Company, becoming the world’s first billionaire, but spent the last forty years of his life creating foundations to help medicine, education and scientific research. He was a very shy man and when he died at the age of ninety-eight someone asked his closest aides how much he had left behind and the aide replied, ‘he left all of it’.