Friday, 21 September 2012

A TRIBUTE TO 'SHADOWLANDS' WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY - (1961 to 2012)


 
This blog constitutes my humble attempt to archive selected posts from the blog entitled, 'The Fire of Their Love' which was run, until today, by my dear sister, and sister in Christ, 'SHADOWLANDS'.

I received a very sad telephone call this morning around 09:00 GMT, from my nephew, who informed me that his mother had passed away on Thursday, 20th September 2012.

The whole family, me included, are presently suffering from the intense shock of bereavement, and I would ask for your prayers of consolation.

I knew my sister as 'Lindy' (short for 'Rosalind' or 'Roz'), and I have spent most of the day grieving, praying for her soul, and consoling other members of the family.

I understand that her blog, 'The Fire of Their Love' has proven to be a significant source of spiritual support for many other Christian bloggers, and in particular for members of religious communities, whom I personally believe she had a vocation to serve.

While I am still reeling from the loss of a close sibling, I am also deeply saddened by the apparent prospect of an unrealised vocation of inestimable potential. As a Christian and a Roman Catholic, however, I believe that Lindy (SHADOWLANDS) is now in Heaven, and will be hence more than able to continue her vocation interceding before God for the many needs of our precious priests and religious.


                                           
                                         
                                          R.I.P. Lindy.
 
Revelation 21:1-4
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


25 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry, Ros and I had a friendly but often opposing set of views but still remained good friends. This is the first that I have heard of her death.
    I will pray for her eternal soul. RIP.

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    1. Thank you Richard for your message, and thank you, in particular, for your prayers.

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  2. I very much admired Rosalind's devotion and compassion - I only found out that she died yesterday. I feel very sad. I pray for her every day and will continue to do so. My sincere condolences for your loss.

    Terry Nelson

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    1. Hi Terry,

      Thank you so much for your kind message of condolence.
      Rosalind confided that you were a dear friend to her.
      I am sorry that you only found out about her passing recently.
      With hindsight, perhaps I should have contacted you directly via your blog-email contact, but I felt ambivalent at the time, not knowing if I had the right to contact my sister's blogger-friends with such potentially devastating news.
      However, through God's grace and providence you found this tribute page.
      Heartfelt thanks also for your daily commitment of prayer for Rosalind, our dearly departed sister in Christ.

      God Bless you,

      Steve.

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  3. Am in a state of shock...just found out today..R.I.P. dear Ros....

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    1. Thank you Jackie.

      May the peace of Christ rule in your heart also.

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  4. I am also in a state of shock. We spoke on the phone and communicated through emails two or three times. There was a plan for us to meet, but it didn't work out somehow. I would have counted her as a friend, I'm sure. God rest her soul.

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    1. Thank you Fr John, for your message.

      Rosalind had indicated to me that she was hoping to meet up with you, and I remember encouraging her to do so, but sadly she was often unable to travel far from home due to her deteriorating health.

      God rest her soul.
      And may God Bless you!

      Steve.

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  5. Our LADY whom she loved so well would have been with her.
    Rest in peace "Shadowlands"
    Sandy.

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    1. Thank you for your message.

      "Be near me, dear Mother, for dear Jesus' sake
      When my soul on Eternity's shore shall awake.
      Amen."

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  6. My condolences on the loss of your beloved Lindy, who was also our patient, kind and witty sister in Christ. Roz was one of the first people on the blogosphere to befriend me. Please be assured that I will keep her in my prayers and pray for the happy repose of her soul. Roz had much to teach people about suffering and humility. May she rest in peace. Joyce

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    1. Thank you for your kind message of condolence and prayers for the repose of her soul.

      My dear sister experienced much suffering during her latter years; her faith never wavered during this time, but was instead fortified, enabling her to empathise deeply with many of us in our respective spiritual poverty.

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  7. My deepest sympathy on the death of your sister Lindy. 'Shadowlands' was a name I knew well from reading comments on a number of blogs. I learned about her death only a day or two ago from a blogger friend, whom I first met long before blogs came into being.

    As we Irish say, 'The light of heaven on Lindy.

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    1. Thank you Fr Seán for your kind message of condolence.

      "Not ever gone,
      Just moved on."

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  8. I posted something a few days ago when I first found this but it doesn't seem to have taken. Let me try to reiterate.

    Ros's blog Living In the Shadowlands meant a lot to me. It was the first Catholic blog I followed and it was part of my evolution in my spiritual journey. Ros taught me a lot, but I really enjoyed her spunk and love of Christian music. She introduced me to a lot which ultimately made their way to my ipod. I'm so saddened by her loss. May her sufferings be over and she be in eternal rest with our Lord.

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    1. Thank you Manny for your message.

      Yes, Ros did indeed have a deep love for contemporary Christian music, which I believe may have touched the hearts of many bloggers with whom she made contact.

      God Bless you,
      Steve.

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  9. I put a blog together as a memorial to Ros, if anyone is interested:
    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2013/02/in-memoriam-ros-shadowlands.html

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  10. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has offered their messages of condolences, and eulogies for 'SHADOWLANDS'.

    I am still grieving, of course, from the loss of my sister, Lindy; we both shared a close spiritual kinship, and I almost feel like a part of me has been wrenched away; where once a kind and understanding voice lay just a phone call away, there now lies only oblivion.

    During the first few weeks following her death, and after the initial shock of bereavement, I found myself catapulted into the midst of the sufferings of others, my immediate family and mutual friends etc.
    This proved to be a blessing, because while I was strong for others in their bereavement, I felt a sense of lightness of being, a grace perhaps, that carried me through the funeral, and beyond, into a New Year of a renewed and more contemplative faith. Now, during Lent, I am trying to follow in my sister's spiritual path of suffering -a way of contemplation of the Cross.

    Lindy's funeral, which was held on the 18th Oct 2012, was a very peaceful, moving occasion, and it was attended by many mourners. The day was blessed with radiant autumn sunshine.
    I was very touched by the sincere reverence and sympathy expressed by all at the loss of someone so special, so beautiful, so warm, so funny, so kind, so gentle and above all, so compassionate.

    Myself and all those that knew Ros during her life can treasure many happy memories, and I know now, perhaps more so than I realised during her life, that Rosalind, despite her shortcomings, which we all share as fallible human beings, was a person of redoubtable integrity who never ceased in her striving to love others to the best of her ability; her afflictions and many crosses that she bore in this life could not extinguish this flame of unconditional love which shone through the pain -this is the unconditional love of a Christian, united, in self-sacrifice, with Christ Jesus Our Lord, which Lindy reflected towards everyone she knew during her life, from close family and friends, to the strangers she met who found themselves on the margins of our society.

    The following anecdote from her early life might help to illustrates this ...

    Rosalind volunteered for the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) during her early life; she would visit families who were in hardship, bring them food and clothing and hold raffles on their behalf etc.
    During the early 1990's, Ros would go out, together with her local church, on mobile soup kitchens to feed the homeless people in Birmingham's city centre. On one such a visit a homeless man expressed his dissatisfaction with the standard culinary fare on offer, by requesting that he be given salmon and cucumber on wholemeal bread! He might have been trying his luck, but Rosalind responded with characteristic dedication, and humour, by returning the following week with the 'gourmet' item just as ordered; it wasn't officially on the menu, but she had made the sandwich at home instead!

    Rosalind, or Lindy, as I, her brother knew her, also raised funds for many other charities, including on one occasion where she raised funds for her local church by giving a sterling performance, playing the lead role in an amateur dramatic staging of 'Puss in Boots'.

    Lindy lived for others, whether as a mother, daughter, sister or partner, she gave her all to everyone she knew. In her latter years, she would often display spontaneous charity to complete strangers who happened to be in some kind of need; she would always show them selfless and courageous kindness, often with little regard for her own safety.

    “The knowledge of social well-being and of reform can be learned not from books, nor from the public platform, but in climbing the stairs to the poor person's garret, sitting by their bedside, feeling the same cold that pierces them, sharing the secrets of their lonely hearts and troubled minds.”

    Blessed Frederic Ozanam - the Society's (SVP) Founder.

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  11. May God grant you eternal rest in the Peace of Christ, dear sister. xxxxxxxxx

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  12. Rest in Peace Ros, a beloved Fellow Blogger and sufferer for Christ :-)

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  13. I just learned today that Ros has died. I have been so worried about her since she hadn't posted anything on her blog. She has been in my daily prayers for years and will remain there.

    We only knew each other through our blogs, but I feel that she was truly my friend and hope she felt the same way. She was/is a wonderful spirit, so full of generosity. She extended that generosity to me several times as I had thoughtlessly offended her. She was quick to forgive, and I believe to truly forget. She taught me so much and I will miss her.

    God bless you Steve. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  14. I loved your sister Steve. She was so encouraging to me over the years. I just learned of her passing. I know only too well the battle she fought and how she loved God in spite of it. Perhaps that was what he had in mind.

    I hope her boys are being well cared for. I know two of them have had a rough time physically. I will pray for them.

    "Dear God, be good to me; the sea is so wide, and my boat is so small." ~Breton Fisherman’s Prayer

    Bill

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  15. Ros... I will forever miss you my dear. Your spunky attitude and deep reverence for all that is good are a rare combination. Ros, I'm going to share "that thing" I wrote for you several years ago...I know you won't mind. I miss
    you my dear sweet lady.



    (For Ros)

    It's like that with me you once said, the tides and the birds...the trees and the sounds of crickets -they give you a hint of joy...amidst the most somber of days.
    You love the depth of the writer,and the dances of the thieving crow...you've always been a fighter,even when your highs...were so very low.
    The salty mist soaks your skin...whilst ferrying the ride across the sound...to another place. It is there that you hear his footsteps...It is there that you see his candor; as expressed in his sentiments of short quips and elaborate narratives.
    He still walks the old paths...amidst the new. It's the "real" that you love. The insatiable desire to know it...to be it...perhaps it would not be fair to tally it as an obsession, only a living prayer, a living moment suspended in time...every bit as real as it ever was...now.
    These are the voices I hear....from across the pond.
    Posted by Gregory Sexton at 7:37 PM

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  16. That is beautiful Gregory.

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  17. Thank you Manny...she is a very special lady.

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