Mobsters aren’t the only ones who need God’s mercy

By Tom Siebert

During the warmer months here in the Chicago area, my mother and I visit the grave sites of our departed loved ones at Mount Carmel––a predominantly Italian-American Catholic cemetery located in suburban Hillside. Our family monuments are near the grave of the infamous mob boss Al Capone. There is always a steady stream of visitors at the burial ground of the notorious man who was known as “Scarface.” I sometimes wondered if God was sending a message to these graveside gawkers. So during one visit, I walked over to Mr. Capone’s grave and read the epitaph on his headstone: “MY JESUS, MERCY.” Then I realized that there was indeed a divine message––and it was meant for me, too.

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and has worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. Tom reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, he profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He currently contributes to the Chicago Tribune, Aurora Beacon-News, Elgin Courier-News, Naperville Sun, and Patch community news sites. Tom also worked as a copy editor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. He is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, Tom serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. He also served on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Harvest New Beginnings church in Oswego. And he now serves as a group leader at Community Christian Church in Naperville. Tom may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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