Though he had "SJ" (society of Jesus) scrolled after his name, Reverend Raymond Devlin was a regular fixture, and I would say, belonged to Our Lady of Peace Church, where he often assisted, especially with confessions.
It was in confession where, before giving you absolution, he asked you one simple question, "Are you sorry for your sins?"
It's a good question. One we should think about often. Are we sorry? I can still hear his voice in my head.
He was a fine priest, a good man and quite the character. His brother Joe Devlin was also Fr. Joe S.J. They are now buried in the same grave together in the Jesuit plot of Santa Clara's Mission cemetery.
In his life he personified the passage, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a single grains, but if it dies, it bears much fruit." (Jn 12:24). Who knows how many people he ministered to and affected in his life - most likely tens of thousands.
An aura of holiness always surrounded him.
He went home to be with our Lord and his family in Heaven and lived from Oct 7, 1924 until December 6, 2011. May he rest in peace.
Read his full obituary here.
Read or contribute to his online guestbook here.