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Wed., March 9, 2011, 8:35 a.m.

Our hearts grieve, too

This week, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed and died after making the winning shot for his high school basketball team. Wes died of an enlarged heart. No one knew he had a heart condition.

 With all that we do control in life, we never expect to bury our children. We assume they will grow up and have to bury us.

 While on Ash Wednesday we are reminded of our mortality - ashes to ashes - our hearts long for the phoenix to somehow emerge from tragedy. With the love of family and friends, perhaps eventually, Wes Leonard's family will find peace.

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