Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Heart of St. Blog's Stops Beating

A visit this morning to Gerard's Catholic Blog for Lovers brought the very sad news that Gerard has died. You won't see it as a post on his blog, but if you check the over 60 additions to the "comments" on the last post (it tells about his then upcoming trip to the Amish country) you'll see the details. His brother reports that his heart just stopped beating at about 3 a.m. last Thursday morning.

Over the years Gerard and I met on several Catholic e-mail lists. And soon his own websites became known to me as a treasure houses of information and inspiration. He's had a few over the years. This one is still up at the moment. Visit and enjoy while you can.

And, of course, Gerard was in on the ground floor of St. Blog's. His "list" is still the definitive roll of parishioners.

His funeral arrangements are posted in the "comments" box listed above.

Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam ad preces nostras, quibus mericordiam tuam supplices deprecamur : ut animam famuli tui Gerardi fratris nostri, quam de hoc saeculo migrari jussisti, in pacis ac lucis regione constituas, et Sanctorum tuorum jubeas esse consortem. Per Domininum nostrum. Amen.

Incline Thine ears to our prayers, O Lord, which supplicantly beg Thy mercy, that the soul of Thy servant and our brother Gerard which Thou has called from this world, Thou wouldst place in the region of peace and light and command that he be joined to the company of Thy saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.