Christ Jesus our hope

Gary Panoramic 2It is with a very heavy heart that I ask for your prayers for my friend, Gary Curley, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday at age 50. He’s going to be sorely missed by a lot of people.

He’s the guy in the panoramic photo above, taken at a Ravens preseason tailgate last year.

If you look closely, you’ll see that he’s in the photo no less than three times (left, center, right). As I was taking it, Gary kept running around behind me so he’d keep showing up in different places.

That was Gary… He made a lot of people laugh over the 30+years that we’ve known him.

He was a high school mate of my younger brother who immediately became his dear friend, and it seems like he has practically been a member of the family for nearly as long as I can remember.

Gary was raised Catholic, but he’s been away from the Church for some time. He wasn’t active in any religion. I guess you could say that he struggled with faith in the broadest sense.

Even so, to give you an idea of the kind of man he was, about ten years ago (or more), out of the blue, Gary, who was in the audio-visual business, handed me a DVD that he had made just for me. It was a recording of a documentary that was shown on PBS entitled (as I recall) “The Faces of Mary,” about Our Blessed Mother as depicted in artwork throughout the centuries.

He even took the time to screen print the title on the DVD, something you didn’t just do on your home PC at the time.

I remember Gary telling me that he watched the program as it recorded. By all indications, that documentary wasn’t Gary’s “thing,” but he knew that it was something that would be special to me, and that was enough for him to make it his thing, at least for that time.

That too was Gary. Damn I’m going to miss that guy…

So, please, join me in offering prayers for my friend, commending his soul to the tender care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her Son, Christ Jesus our hope.

Lastly, if I may…

I know that this blog is read by priests and even the occasional bishop, some of whom have made this known to me personally, and certain of whom even occasionally post here anonymously.

If you happen to be among them, would you be so kind as to remember Gary at Holy Mass? And if I may ask, please shoot me an email to let me know:

I am certain that Gary’s mother, a devout Catholic, will be greatly consoled with that knowledge, as will I, my brother and many others.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

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