Silent Keyboard

I received a note today about the recent passing away of a long-time reader and commentator here (though he hadn’t commented for a while), John C (aka acricketchirps).    His wife wrote: “He was anointed and received the apostolic pardon.”

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Everyone, I regularly pray for the participants here, living and deceased.   The contact between us all here may be “virtual”, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be virtual.  And virtuous.

Let us consider the Four Last Things and also regularly…


Everyone out there should think about how to provide the last sacraments for their loved ones – which might include people you don’t know well, in Christian charity – along with the Apostolic Pardon.

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  2. Jim Dorchak says:

    We do not know what we love till we no longer can take it for granted.

    I do not think some of your readers may realize how hard it becomes when Catholics no longer have the Sacraments available.
    No in person Mass.
    No Confession.
    No Anointing of the sick or last rites.
    No Confirmation for our son.
    No Baptism for many.
    These are our realities in the south of Chile.
    It hurts us and our souls yes, but i think it hurts the whole Church as well as the Sacred Heart of Christ.
    Go to confession….. yes I want to but can not.
    Jim in Chile.

  3. JPCahill says:

    God rest his soul.
    One of my daily prayers comes from Cardinal Newman. It might be appropriate to provide it now:

    Oh, my Lord and Saviour, support me in that hour
    in the strong arms of Thy Sacraments, and by the
    fresh fragrance of Thy consolations.
    Let the absolving words be said over me,
    and the holy oil sign and seal me,
    and Thy own Body be my food,
    and Thy Blood my sprinkling;
    and let my sweet Mother, Mary,
    breathe on me and my Angel whisper peace to me,
    and my glorious Saints . . . smile upon me;
    that in them all, and through them all,
    I may receive the gift of perseverance,
    and die, as I desire to live, in Thy faith,
    in Thy Church, in Thy service, and in Thy love. Amen.

    -St John Henry Cardinal Newman

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