In the wake of tragedy Amy Welborn has turned in some beautiful writing as she mourns and thanks those who have lent prayer and support.
At the news of Michael’s death there was certainly a great outpouring of prayer with news of his sudden death. This sad news was spread throughout St. Blogs, social networks, and the Catholic world. I never met Michael and only saw him across the room at the Catholic New Media conference this year. Though I have been reading his blog Annunciation since around 2001. The one thing about new media such as blogs, podcasts, and social networks is that you often have a better idea of the sense of a person than you might have had otherwise. These mediums are much more personal than a column on a website or in a magazine. You feel much more connected to someone in a more interactive medium such as blogging. Judging by the reaction in St. Blogs I am not the only one to feel this way.
In many ways St. Blogs is a real parish and in the Catholic Podcasting. I mourned at the loss of Gerard Serafin, Karen Knapp, and now Michael along with others. I also mourned at the two miscarriages of the Willits’ family from Rosary Army and then rejoiced at the recent birth of their first daughter after four boys. Over the years there have been plenty of births to rejoice at and it is almost like there is someone joining your own family. By the way congratulations to Steve Skojec and family on their latest child. There have also been plenty of people requiring prayers over the years that so many of us have joined in with intercession. One of the reasons I love being Catholic is the Catholic community. Yeah sometimes we grip a lot, but when it comes down to what is truly important then the Church militant really comes alive.
When Amy Welborn first announced the sad news I was also surprised to find that Michael was just one month younger than myself. Every death is a reminder to us of our own mortality. But we usually see it as a distant mortality. The question of being prepared for judgment once again comes to front, even though we should always live our lives in preparation. Not our of fear, but love. Earlier this week was also the 6th anniversary of my mother’s death from cancer so this topic has certainly been on my mind for the last week. Once again I thank God for being Catholic knowing that life is not a dead end and that we can pray for our relatives and others. The mystical Body of Christ is such an awesome reality.