Monday, May 19, 2008

Tommy Burns RIP

Celtic legend Tommy Burns died last week aged 51 - too young, far too young. When I posted about the death of Phil O'Donnell earlier this year a commenter questioned why I had highlighted this footballer when they're just a bunch of overpaid prima donnas etc, etc. I suppose death is the ultimate leveller, as was apparent in the medieval danse macabre. I highlighted these two men because at a time when footballers are perceived, often rightly, as feral millionaire degenerates, drunk on champagne in nightclubs and burning fifty pound notes, it needs pointing out that some of these men are good role models for young kids. Tommy Burns used his position at Celtic, Kilmarnock and Scotland to show to youngsters that there is another way - to be good at your work and play fair without rancour. To be devoted to your family and your faith and give of your time, effort and energy to give to others without expectation of reward.

Young people idolise footballers. Tommy Burns and Phil O'Donnell gave a very effective witness was given that faith, the Faith, trumps everything else, as will be clear at Tommy's requiem Mass tomorrow at St Mary's in Calton.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Blogger Tony Abbot's new view from the sky said...

Tommy was also a member of Opus Dei and I remember an interview by Vincent Toal in The Universe, when Tommy was Manager at Celtic Park.
Vincent asked him about the physical penances OD are known and Tommy replied, "Just going out on the training ground is a penance these days."
A great man and such a contrast to the so-called role models in today's game.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

That's fascinating - I never knew that about Tommy

2:50 PM  

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