My friend and colleague Anne Mullaney died today. I will write more about her later and will post her obituary. It will help you to understand, if you were not fortunate enough to know her, what you missed. The significance of her death on Good Friday is hard to overstate. The following notice appeared on her Carebridge site earlier today: "Rest In Peace, Anne Mullaney, April 22, 2011. Anne passed peacefully early this morning, with her beloved and steadfast Maurice and family by her side. Details of services, and memorial gifts in lieu of flowers, will follow as soon as those plans are made. It is fitting that we take this journey in Holy Week. Anne always took a day-long retreat each year on Good Friday. We join with her this Good Friday in contemplation, prayer, and in the mystery of Christ's suffering for us. ( ..we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us...We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5)" To describe Anne as a lawyer, bar owner (Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle), board member, community leader, wife, friend, sister and aunt doesn't begin to convey the essence of the amazing woman she was. If you have time this holiday weekend, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/annemullaney and read the messages sent before and after her death.
There must be some reason why someone so vital has been taken from us, especially today. Some of the messages speak to this timing.
The other thought that has been running through my mind all day is that there is going to be one gigantic Irish wake sometime next week in the Strip District.