Friday, August 03, 2007

Moment of Silence

Mary Kochan of Catholic Exchange asks that we implore readers to check out her latest, an interview with Catholic artist and prolife activist Nellie Edwards. Here's a portion of one of her paintings:

To see the whole thing you'll have to go to the article and click on the picture. Mary has company, shall we say.

At the other end of life's journey, news comes via TSO via Disputations via Mark Shea that the hostess of From the Anchor Hold, Karen Marie Knapp, has passed away. We've shared blogroll links since sometime in about 2002. She used to consistently participate in my Sunday Guessing Game, which I eventually tired of and shut down. I think she even won once. (Considering the absence of prize money, I never figured out why anyone wanted to win, but a lot of people tried.) I remember snapping at her once in comments for her position on some matter of violence (she seems not to have liked it very much), probably during the Iraq war run-up, and now I feel bad about it. Actually, I felt bad about it before, but never apologized.

I've been arguing some of those matters again at another website, but maybe Zippy (who's better at it than I) has the right attitude: shut up a while, "be still... and honor a good woman's wish."

She certainly had afflictions to bear that most of us don't, and was denied pleasures in life that we take for granted. Well, the suffering's over, and now she knows a hell of a lot more than any of us. TSO dug up something in her archives, and it turns out that all she ever wanted when her time came was that someone would pray for her. I trust, Karen Marie, you'll return the favor. And, uh, sorry for the tirade. I might have said it another way.

Anyway, go to TSO's and read her own words. I'll bet she's thanking him right now for being the kind of guy who troubles to do such things.


alicia said...

I had the pleasure a few years ago to meet Miss Knapp in person. I am certain that if she did not go directly to heaven, her time in purgatory was muchly decreased by her sufferings in this life. Bill, you would have loved to meet her in person. When she was able to work, she was a librarian and had such a love for language and for God. The few hours I spent with her were precious. She gave me a hand-knotted rosary that my husband still carries and uses. I am sure that she will be doing more good for us where she is now, and I am glad that her sufferings are now ended. But her presence in the blogosphere will be missed.

Anonymous said...

I carry a rosary that was hand knotted by Karen Marie. Rosary Army is where more info on the hand knotting of rosaries can be found. I never met Karen Marie but Alicia did and brought back a knotted rosary for me. I am a "tugger" on rosaries and have unintentionally separated the links on many rosaries including several of the ones that Knights of Columbus provide for their members.

As a result of her meeting with Karen Marie, Alicia learned to knot rosaries. She has since then made and kept them in her pocket and at her office. When the spirit leads her she can give a rosary to someone who needs it.

She also prays it as she knots it. She has been able to point others to Rosary Army when they have noticed her knotting one while sitting at a meeting or church lecture.

Another example of the legacy of Karen Marie.

John Huntley

William Luse said...

Well, you guys do her memory proud. It was good to hear this.