Dylan Garnett Funeral Mass
Audio of Funeral Mass below the narrative.
Not long after nineteen year old Dylan Garnett was killed in a tragic car accident on the afternoon of May 14th, 2019, reports began streaming in about what a virtuous and holy young man Dylan is. For those of us close to Dylan and his family, we are well aware of these virtues. As a matter of fact, pages could be filled sharing those stories. However, I think Dylan’s own words could best exemplify who he was in this world. Let me explain.
When Dylan was in high school, one of his female friends was organizing a retreat for middle-school girls to teach them about their dignity as daughters of God. She asked some of her male classmates to write letters to these girls to encourage them to know their value and bolster their self esteem. This was the letter Dylan wrote:
In every relationship try to uphold the other person and keep your friends accountable, this is one of the most important things to do. Most important, you are the world to people! You have a spouse that was chosen for you, you have a father who wants to protect and care for you because you’re his. You have a heavenly father who sent his son to die for you. Never think you’re worth nothing because you are everything.
Uphold your friends. This can be reduced down to the basic rule of don’t let your friends do stupid things. Keep them accountable, they may not like it but down the road your friendship will grow stronger because you kept them from doing the wrong thing.
Never forget that you are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, because you are the world to someone. Know that. Whenever you are feeling down, having a crappy day, or just need to let off some steam know that you are the world to someone. Please. Please. Never do anything to hurt those people. Take care of yourself and those around you.
To sum up: take care of your body, take care of your friends, and lastly, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
What amazing insight from a young man in high school to the dignity of the human person; especially women. Dylan was laid to rest on Friday May 24th, 2019. Many people who were unable to attend Dylan’s funeral asked if it was recorded. Fortunately it was, and with the family’s permission, we have provided it below. Thanks for all your prayers for the Garnett family. – Fr. Pat Sullivan.