Rush Limbaugh passed away

Rush Limbaugh passed away this morning.

We have lost a hero.

Pray for him.

Requiescat in pace.

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  1. jjbulano says:

    A man of great courage and faith. May God grant him repose, and peace and strength to his family.

  2. pannw says:

    Yes, we have lost a hero. I am sure the world would have spiraled so much faster without his voice of reason leading from the Golden EIB Microphone. May he rest in peace.

  3. The Astronomer says:

    If ever a man deserved Rosaries and Holy Mass for the repose of his soul (I’m fully aware he was not Catholic), it would be Rush.


  4. The world is poorer now with his passing, but we’re better for having had his voice of reason and daily dose of reality to look forward to.

    RIP, Rush…we have the reins from here.

  5. The Egyptian says:

    I posted this from Rush waay back in 2010, He was right then and still right now, (sniff)_ gonna miss you big guy. Mega Dittos, maga dittos!
    RUSH: And you’re really distressed because there may not be that there’s a pro-life church, anymore. The left is taking over every institution. They have to be stopped, and it’s about time, maybe… You know, I’m not trying to be Pollyannaish and look at the bright side of this (because I don’t, frankly, see many) but one of them is: Don’t doubt me anymore! It’s out in front of your eyes! Believe what you see, believe what you hear. It is real! The Catholic Church has a bunch of leftists in it who would just as soon destroy the church and remake it, as the government has liberals in it who want to remake our government and destroy the Constitution. Liberals are liberals. They do not value institutions until they run them and remake them in their own way, and nothing is sacred. Not the Catholic Church, not the Methodist Church. Nothing! Zilch, zero, nada. I shouldn’t have to say this, especially after this weekend. The real challenge — and it’s hard; I know it’s hard — is you can’t believe that we’ve elected people to run this country who don’t like it. Well, we did, but not on purpose. They were fooled, lied to, defrauded, everything else. So it’s out there right in the open for everyone to see and take note of. They don’t deserve to win another election ever. The country cannot withstand them winning another major election. Don’t doubt me.

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

    Outstanding photo above.

    Years ago in Hawaii Rush Limbaugh and Elton John happened to be staying in the same hotel. After an exchange of letters Elton John performed at Rush’s and Kathryn’s wedding in 2010. No sign yet of Elton John swapping his limo for a pickup truck with gunrack, but give it time.

    Mega dittos for those neckties he wore. Rush is probably organizing a Dan’s Bake Sale in Heaven, who doesn’t like cookies?

    Well done sir, we have the watch.

  7. Losing Rush is like losing a family member. It was hard holding back the tears listening to him on his radio program today. I looked over at my husband and he was tearing up as well. Even though we knew it was coming it was hard to believe and was painful.

    I prayed a Divine Mercy chaplet for him before he passed and I will pray another for him today. Amazing he died on Ash Wednesday. Is there something to that? No one knows but one can always hope.

  8. robtbrown says:

    He and Bill Buckley (+2008) were two irresistible forces of Conservatism

  9. Kathleen10 says:

    There is an even better picture of him from the same moment, on Vox Cantoris. Very moving.
    I’m surprised at how sad I feel about his passing. I prayed a rosary for him today, and for his family. We were fortunate to have him, thank you God.
    His passing is bringing out the walking dead Left, who are outdoing each other in hate and venom, toward a fellow man who passed after a long illness. Does the Left have a soul at all? They certainly have no human decency.
    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, amen.
    Could I please sneak in a request for prayer for the repose of a great gentleman who also just passed, his name is Mr. White. God will know who you mean. He was a devout Catholic, and I am sad to see his family is not having a Mass said for the repose of his soul. Would you in your kindness please pray for him? Thank you so much, if you would.

  10. kat says:

    I, too, shed tears today. He loved this country. I hope through the Blood of Christ and the prayers of many while he lived, that he was saved. When Kathryn spoke on his show, I couldn’t believe her strength, and I just cried.

  11. adriennep says:

    I heard on Timothy Gordon’s show that there was a Catholic priest with Rush in final moments. Anyone else hear this? We always hoped the heavy Catholic friends Rush had might have had discussions with him.

  12. AA Cunningham says:

    “To modify Rush’s tag line: Talent returned to God.” Mark Steyn

  13. I hope it is true that Rush was attended by a priest at the end. I have the impression he admired the Catholic Church (as distinct from the men who run her — a distinction we all need to bear in mind) and it would be a great consolation if he died in the Church.

    As for us who are left, another prop and stay has been taken from us in this time of crisis — doubtless so that we will put our trust in God and not in men, however worthy.

  14. Semper Gumby says:

    Kathleen10: “His passing is bringing out the walking dead Left”

    These days the Left is something like a ’73 Oldsmobile clown-car stopped on a dirt road “within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.” Whenever news breaks, the doors and trunk fling open, the windows shatter, and an endless stream of grotesques shuffle and stumble to CNN studios, New York Times op-ed pages and social media to “howl gigantic curses at mankind.”

    When Justice Ginsburg passed away last September many conservatives, who disagreed strongly with her politics, said a prayer for her soul. Pres. Trump’s reaction to hearing the news was caught on camera, he expressed sorrow in a brief, cordial and Presidential reply.

    The reaction of many Leftists yesterday revealed again the depravity and the mental illness of the Marxist, pagan Left. The good news is that some Leftists eventually reject the hive-mind behavior of socialist politics.

    The Parable of the Sower.

    [That imagery… BZ.]

  15. chantgirl says:

    There is a palpable sense that the world’s altars are being stripped, starting really with the abdication of Benedict, accelerating with the desecration of St. Peter’s altar at the end of the Amazonian synod, and now with the stripping of worship, jobs, human rights, and economic health due to covid.

    In a way, I personally think that Benedict’s papacy was a life raft thrown to the church. He didn’t seem to be the winner that the conclave was expecting, and he threw the Church a lifeline with Summorum Pontificum. He stepped down, and all hell broke loose in the Church. In a vaguely similar way (although I am not comparing Benedict to Trump in their personalities or virtues), America seems to have been thrown a lifeline with Trump’s unexpected presidential win against Hilary. It was as if the train that was rushing for the cliffs was given a moment to hit the brakes and slow the eventual calamity a bit longer. Say what you will about Trump’s personality, but he did more for the pro-life movement than any president ever has, and he did more for employment than any president in decades ( including record-low black unemployment before covid).

    Now, we see so many things/people/institutions that held totalitarianism at bay being taken out of play one by one. When in the history of the Church have Masses been suspended around the globe? Not even during plagues, wars, and persecutions has this happened. How many Catholic parishes and schools will be left after covid and the demographic cliff do their work?

    The Church, the global economy, voting- all are being destabilized and totalitarianism marches forward in that void. All of us, all of the nobodies of the world, will need to become stumbling blocks to the advance of tyranny, especially as the world of big tech tries to erase us. We’ve been given some good examples, and we need to do what we can, where we are, with what we have, trusting in God as our final backstop. Even if the bigger voices are removed, we still have our own voices.

    Thank you, Rush. We’re praying for you.

  16. InFormationDiakonia says:

    First heard Rush in 1988 and I was an instant fan. As the years went on, I’d catch him off and on when my schedule allowed. He was funny, satiric, and truth telling. He did more for the conservative side of the nation than any other person in history. He will be sorely missed.

  17. Archlaic says:

    Not sure what year Rush first made it onto the air in Boston, but I have been listening to him since the 1st Gulf War… as such I have “known” him – in the sense that he has been part of my daily life – longer than my wife of 25y, or even Fr. Z! Over the years I’ve grieved the loss of my parents and grandparents, some very close friends, and recently my last living uncle (aet92)… as Catholics we accept death as a part of our earthly sojourn, but I cannot recall any that has been as much of a gut punch as Buckley’s death, Benedict’s resignation, and now Rush.

    How often he sounded about as Catholic as anyone could be, certainly more so than the “hapless bench of bishops” inhabiting most of the sees in the U.S. of A… Pro-life, pro-marriage (despite the blots on his own escutcheon), pro-family… when was the last time you heard a bishop clearly explain *anything* about marriage? Meanwhile Rush wasn’t shy about repeating that “raising children is the main purpose of marriage” although he had to know that as a thrice-divorced, childless right-winger he’d be denounced as a hypocrite by angry liberals. It would have been easy for him avoid the “social” issues but he never did, and – other than on the matter of birth control – I never heard anything objectionable to a Catholic conscience. Over the years I prayed for his full conversion, alas not often enough. I met Laura Ingraham once, and in discussing her recent conversion I told her: “OK, now that you’ve ‘poped’ we’ve got to get Limbaugh next!” Would that it were.

    It was heartening to hear even the rumor that his passing was attended by a priest, again I pray that it is true; the thought of dying without recourse to the sacraments is terrifying to me. R.I.P.

  18. Semper Gumby says:

    Good comments. To expand on Archlaic’s comment Rush Limbaugh was picked up by Armed Forces Radio after the troops were polled for new programming options. Rush placed First, as a write-in.

    To veterans of the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars (some prefer the terms Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom to highlight the continuity, which is a good point), God bless you and well done. In 1991 a Coalition of dozens of countries liberated Kuwait. In 2003 a Coalition of dozens of countries destroyed an evil regime- briefly, a regime that continuously and contemptuously violated the terms of the 1991 Ceasefire, and belligerently refused to give a Full, Final and Complete account of its WMD programs.

    Recently, several well-known Catholic commentators opined that these wars were “dumb,” a “neo-con invention,” and were about “killing brown people.” While these commentators generally do solid work, on this matter they are both ignorant and petulant. We veterans volunteered, we knew what we were doing and why, we do not appreciate being labelled as racist lackeys, nor do we appreciate our fallen and seriously wounded brothers and sisters being labelled as such. Those Catholic commentators are merely embarrassing themselves, and revealing an ugly element within themselves.

    Rush Limbaugh in 2014:

    “Going into Iraq was not to avenge an assassination attempt on George H. W. Bush, and it wasn’t about Halliburton. It was about somebody [the Coalition and Pres. Bush] taking a threat seriously and taking preventive action and not waiting to be hit again.”

    Well said Rush Limbaugh. From the veterans, from the infantry and tankers, from the supply and maintenance troops, from the local villagers and interpreters who appreciated and assisted the Coalition daily, from the Civil Affairs Teams and Female Engagement Teams, from the special operations forces to the medical personnel: Bravo Zulu and Rest in Peace.

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