Neil Armstrong: R.I.P.

In your kindness, please stop and pray for Neil Armstrong, who has died at the age of 82.


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  1. David Zampino says:

    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  2. acardnal says:

    As Secretary of War Stanton reportedly said upon Lincoln’s death, “now he belongs to the ages (or angels).”

  3. Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam ad preces nostras, quibus misericordiam tuam supplices deprecamur, ut animam famuli tui Neil Armstrong, quam de hoc saeculo migrare iussisti, in pacis ac lucis regione constituas et Sanctorum tuorum iubeas esse consortem. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

    Sanguis Christi, pignus vitae aeternae,
    salva nos.

    Sanguis Christi, animas liberans de lacu Purgatorii,
    salva nos.

  4. frjim4321 says:

    Was on a vocation program in Donaldson, IN on the day the Eagle landed and will never forget it. Divine Word or something like that. I think the place is gone now.

    Thanks for the clip.

    How could we ever forget how amazing that was!

  5. gracie says:

    “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

  6. frjim4321 says:

    Maybe Walter Cronkite was there to announce his arrival!

  7. KAS says:

    My old home town lost a great man today. Growing up, we ALL knew about Neil Armstrong. We watched as an entire town, if you had a TV, you watched him step onto the moon. I cried when I heard the news.

    Live long and prosper first on the moon! May you rest in God’s great peace.

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  9. Lori Pieper says:

    “That’s one small step for a man . . . one giant leap for mankind.”

    Neil Armstrong marveled that his smallness helped accomplish something so huge. To me it shows genuine humility.

    May God grant him eternal happiness and peace — and may he walk among the stars forevermore.

  10. Andy Lucy says:

    One of my very earliest memories was of Apollo 11’s Eagle landing on the moon. I remember my father (a sci-fi geek before there was such a thing) was so excited, and I guess that is what I truly remember: his unfettered excitement at where we, the human race, were headed. Alas, it was not to be.

  11. irishgirl says:

    I heard the news early morning on the BBC World News Service-it jarred me out of a sound sleep.
    What memories his death brings up! I remember watching the moon landing on TV, and then staying up late to watch the walk.
    I prayed my Rosary this morning for the repose of Neil Armstrong’s soul, and offered my Mass and Communion for him.
    May Our Lord receive his soul in the realms of light in heaven, and may Our Lady, who has ‘the moon under her feet’, embrace him as her own!
    I jotted down a statement which the family issued, when asked how we should remember him:
    ‘Honor his example of service, accomplishment, and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down on you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink’. My eyes filled with tears as I read the last four words!
    Another memory I have is when I went to the Shrine of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy in 1977. Inside the Basilica there are chapels of different nations which surround the Holy House. The American chapel is called ‘Our Lady of the Assumption’, and on one of its walls was a depiction of Our Lady of Loreto as the ‘Patroness of Aviation and Aeronauts’, and there were three astronauts: Yuri Gagarin of Russia (first man in space), Jim McDivitt (a veteran of both the Gemini and Apollo missiosn-he held a medallion of Our Lady of Loreto), and Neil Armstrong! And what was to my pilgrimage group’s surprise, the Capuchin friar who showed us around said he met all three of them!

  12. jessicahoff says:

    A great American, and, despite his own reluctance to accept the accolade, a great Americsn hero. May his soul rest in peace.

  13. Alan Aversa says:

    He was pro-life, too, since he was involved in the creation of’s third Imagine TV spot.

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