Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thoughts on a Week

In an already difficult week for the Church, where an SSPX bishop's horribly offensive comments have rightly upset many in the Jewish community. These horrific comments, coming at a time when Pope Benedict is trying to heal the wounds of schism between the Church and the SSPX, have placed the Pope in the midst of a firestorm which has in some way hurt the dialogue and healing between Christians and Jews that began after the Second Vatican Council continuing through his and his predecessors pontificates.

Add to that the revelations this week of the hidden life of the now deceased Fr. Marcial Maciel founder of the Legionaries of Christ. It appears that much of what he professed was not lived out in a life of light and virtue, but rather darkness and deceit. Now, the religious order which he founded must decide how to proceed into an uncertain future.

Any yet with these troubling events, I am decidedly saddened by the death of Michael Dubruiel. Husband, father, writer, editor, and blogger, Michael died suddenly yesterday at the age of 50. My prayers go out to his wife Amy Welborn Dubruiel, acknowledged queen of the Catholic blogosophere, and his children. Although I never met Michael, I did benefit greatly by a number of his books. In particular, his Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen was a great help to me as I was returning to the faith a number of years ago after spending much of my late high school and college years being an unconscious agnostic.

Ultimately, unexpected deaths like Michael's always makes me ask the question "why now Lord?" Yet, while we don't always know the answers, we do find comfort and hope in Christ. For because of Him, we can look at death, the last enemy, and boldly say with St. Paul:

"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
-1 Corinthians 15:55
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
And let perpetual Light shine upon him.
May his soul
And the souls of all the faithful departed
Through the mercy of God
Rest in peace.

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