The Thief in the Night, or Final Words from Michael Dubriel

n1347246793_30249262_6764.jpgYesterday we can only imagine that Michael Dubriel woke up full of plans – plans for the day, for the rest of the week, probably even some general plans about the future with his growing family, which includes a couple of pre-schoolers.

How could he know that this would be the day that he was being called home?

As it turns out he collapsed while working out at the gym, could not be resuscitated, and was pronounced dead before the day was half over.

The Parting Words of Michael Dubriel
Turns out that Michael Dubriel made his living largely as a writer and editor (for Our Sunday Visitor) of all sorts of Catholic stuff.

As his wife, Amy Welborn, reports he also wrote a weekly column for their diocesan paper.

Sometime before heading to the gym he’d already submitted his column for next Monday’s edition (2/9/09).

Upon his sudden death his secretary sent the upcoming column to Amy. Here are a few (remarkable) excerpts:

The “big lie,” Father Benedict said … is to think that if we say all the right prayers and live correctly, then nothing bad will ever happen to us. Sadly, there are many good people who have lost their faith by believing such a lie …

One only has to think of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, and how much He suffered on the cross, to correct one’s view on this matter. In our own day, there are many whom we know have lived saintly lives, many who have prayed much, and yet have suffered too.

None of us knows what the future holds, but hopefully we can embrace what is inscribed in our coinage, “In God we Trust.”

The whole column is awesome, most definitely worth reading … and particularly meaningful given their place as Michael Dubriel’s (unintentional) parting words.

The Office of the Readings Today
The first reading from today’s office of the readings was 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28, all about being ready. Here are a couple of verses:

2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Well, you get the general idea.

Am I Ready?
It’s easy to be distracted by all the flotsam and jetsam of life, including many unanswerable and seemingly huge questions looming large … but in the final analysis will these “big questions” really matter much?

In truth the deeper reality is so simple .. simple as asking yourself, if my name is called in a few moments, will I be ready to face the author of my life and give an account … or in other words,

Am I ready to meet God? Now?

Please pray for that Michael Dubriel find mercy and joy ever lasting, and that all his grieving family members find comfort and their inevitable path forward.

And of course, please strive to be ready …

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The Thief in the Night, or Final Words from Michael Dubriel

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