Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Benefit Event Open to Public Will Honor Holy Man of God Matthew A. Coles

Event will be held tonight at Mario’s Restaurant in Webster, Texas on December 21, 2010

The friends and family of Matthew A. Coles would like to share with the public an inspiring story of hope, gratitude and miraculous healing and to invite the public to a special benefit event to be held at Mario’s Restaurant in Webster, Texas on the evening of this Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

Matthew and his wife Lucy met and fell in love at Texas A&M University where they were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center. They became engaged in the spring of 2005 and moved to Washington, D.C. so Matthew could pursue a Ph.L. in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He hoped to work as a philosophy professor to support his dream of having a large family with his soon-to-be wife.  In June 2006, only three weeks before he and Lucy were married, Matthew was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and told he had 6 months to live. At age 23, Matthew had never smoked cigarettes and had no family history of lung cancer. The origin of the cancer was a mystery.

After spending another two years in Washington, D.C. continuing his studies and undergoing extensive chemical treatments with little medicinal progress, Matthew and Lucy returned to Houston to be closer to their families and pursue the full healing of his body under the wisdom of the Lord and with the guidance of a natural nutritional program developed by the late Dr. Max Gerson. During that time Matthew and Lucy served as Directors of High School Youth Ministry for Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church and continued to touch many lives, young and old, with their witness of gratitude and hope.  Despite warnings from physicians of infertility because of the methods that would be utilized in the early stages of the cancer treatment and despite the recommendation of physicians that the couple use artificial means to conceive children, Matthew and Lucy were blessed with the gift of three boys naturally conceived. John-Matthew, who was conceived during chemotherapy, is 3 years old, Pio is 18 months old, and Andrew Damien was born on Thanksgiving Day 2010.  A week and a half later, on the evening of December 5, 2010, four and half years after the initial diagnosis, Matt won his battle with cancer and passed into eternal life.

Matthew was a son, brother, husband, father, and true Catholic renaissance man, whether he was uploading to his music player with lectures in French from his favorite philosopher, juggling for youth, making crêpes for his wife, building a toboggan for friends, or training his boys in the art of chivalry and hospitality.  He had wisdom to share but often spent his time listening rather than speaking. In the face of a terminal diagnosis, Matthew lived in a profound state of peace despite great suffering and uncertainty, often comforting those who came to comfort him. Anyone who knew Matthew recognized the profound joy with which he lived his life.  The joy of the Lord was his strength. This enabled Matthew to live a humble life of beatitude and simplicity by which one could not help but notice and be moved.

Below is a prayer Matthew wrote about a year and half ago:        

“Vivre d’Amour” (To live in Love)

To live your life, oh Christ – here and now, and with my whole being. To give every one of my days to You, and with each of my actions to live in Your Presence. To put others before myself – and to give myself for them. To focus on taking care of myself only insofar as it is an act of love towards You, Lord and towards others – especially Lucy and our family. To love without measure and without fear. To be misunderstood by this world, and to love You all the more!

For more information and the full obituary please visit: http://sites.google.com/site/familycoles2/

We invite the public to a benefit event to be held for the Coles Family on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Mario’s Restaurant located at 618 W Nasa Parkway, Webster, Texas. For more information about Matthew Coles and the benefit event, please contact Nick Gardener at (713) 816-8790. To RSVP to the benefit event, please email Erin Corsaro at erincorsaro@att.net.

Come and meet the family and friends of this holy man of God!

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