The Pain is a Part of the Happiness

Episode 84 · April 7th, 2017 · 1 hr 30 mins

About this Episode

This is an interesting episode. We start off being stupid, as is usual, then Luke takes us to a serious turn as we discuss the end-of-life of our young friend, Katie Garcia, whom we knew from college and who lives here in Houston about 30 minutes from me with her truly amazing husband and four kids.

Luke mentioned A Severe Mercy, which reminded me of several scenes from the movie Shadowlands, which is about CS Lewis, AKA Jack and the passionate poet, Joy, that he marries knowing full well that she will die very soon from a terminal illness. Woven through the center of this episode, the movie tracks his life, his falling in love with Joy, and his time dealing with her death, especially with her son Douglas that she is leaving behind with Lewis.

Apparently, at the time while we were recording this episode, Katie Garcia breathed her last. When I woke up the next morning Facebook posts came pouring in announcing her death. May perpetual light shine upon her.

From our thoughts on her story, we move into discussing our culture’s experience of death and then getting older in general, and how that relates to our career decisions and restlessness.

Finally, we end where we should, complaining about ministry and whining about how sucky everyone is compared to us, or at least compared to our delusional self-image.

Please donate to Katie funeral fund, found in the show notes, to help her amazing husband handle the experiences, which will be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Thank you for walking this road with us.

Episode Links

  • Home — Around 10pm tonight, my sweet Katie went home.  She asked that everyone pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the repose of her soul.  At your next opportunity, I ask that you pray one, if nothing else than to honor her wishes.  If you haven't prayed the Chaplet before, go here for a step-by-step. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.  We have been loved beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  You have been in our prayers, and please know that Katie is now praying for you in eternity.
  • Katie Garcia: Funeral & Burial | Memorials & Funerals - YouCaring — The Story Funeral and Burial expenses for Katie Garcia, loving wife and mother of 4.  
  • Katie Garcia: Q&A - Part 2 — Dreaming ahead...if your kids go to FUS which current household and/or dorm do you see them being in based on their present personalities? A: Who even knows what households are still around? John: Disciples of the Word Lily: Love of the Lamb (hands down - she has spunk, but such a sweet nature) Thomas: Knights of the Holy Queen  Andrew: AMDG