Robin Williams, RIP

Robin Williams, RIP August 12, 2014

He brought joy to a lot of people.  May he find in death the peace he could not find in life, through Christ our Lord.

And please, if you must comment, prayer only.  If you feel a compulsion to make some political commentary, or wish him into hell because you’ve decided God has authorized you to pronounce on his eternal destiny (yes, I’m seeing people do this around the blogosphere), for the love of God just stow it.

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  • Heather

    Mental illness is a terrible scourge. May the Lord have mercy on him and bring him peace.

  • neoconned

    Eternal rest grant unto Robin O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,
    Rest in peace.-Amen

    So sad. So thankful for “Alladdin”. Great memories with my kids…

  • Patti Sheffield

    Severe depression is like a cancer of the mind and spirit—he must have suffered so much. Praying for him to be granted peace and mercy, and to be received tenderly by Our Lord.

  • Dave G.

    He’ll always be Mork from Ork to me since that’s when I first heard of him. A long life of him being part of it. May he rest in peace. And peace to his loved ones.

    • HornOrSilk

      He will always be Popeye for me. I know what many think of that movie, but for me, he nailed it, and the movie nailed the spirit of the original comics.

      Eternal memory.

      • Andy

        For me he is always Patch Adams – prayers for his family and for him.

  • Edward Curtis

    Heavenly Father, grant Robin Williams eternal rest, and may the perpetual Light of Christ shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through Your mercy rest in peace.

    (I think I’ll watch a Robin Williams movie this weekend.)

  • KM

    Very sad when we heard of his passing. He was loved by many. Hard to believe that a man who could be so funny had such severe depression. May God grant him peace and mercy.

  • Catholic pilgrim

    Amen. I’m keeping him on my prayers for my next Mass. His movies (especially Jumanji, Hook, Aladdin, RV) brought joy to my childhood & that of my siblings. Mark, when I heard of his death on the radio while driving, my heart felt like it choked on something. The night before he died I had seen his movie “Dead Poets Society” on one of the Starz movie channels. I had never seen it from beginning to end. I was shocked when at the end of the movie one of his students commits suicide, the scene was a tragic. Then the next day Robin Williams committed suicide. I cried. How can someone so joyful, funny, wealthy, & whose job as comedian is to laugh & make others laugh be so depressed? How can someone who embodies comedy end in such tragedy? It made me realize in a very intimate way that EVERYONE (no exceptions) is hurting deep inside & in need of healing. We can hide our pain, loneliness & fear from others, but seriously who doesn’t feel the pain? How precious is to know that Christ our Saviour came to heal those wounds as well as save & reconcile us. Also Memore morti. That Ancient & profound reminder of how fleeting life in this world can be, how short. I’ve got nothing but sweet good memories from Robin. I thank Mr. Williams for sharing his gifts & I thank God for his life. In the new Heaven & new Earth, there will be no tears but joy. We have this joyful Hope, but in the meantime it’s okay to cry I think.

  • Jen

    He is in my prayers. True depression is not something anyone can make sense of. There is no way to explain the irrational and debilitating thoughts, and it has nothing to do with who you are or what you have, materially. It’s impossible to just “be grateful and get over it”. It really is a disease as dreadful as cancer, and it can be just as terminal. To judge a person who is so tormented that they just can’t go on is as bad as telling a dying cancer patient to look at the bright side and get over it. My heart breaks for his family.

  • CJ

    JK Rowling created the Dementors in Harry Potter based on her battles with depression. She described it as (paraphrasing) forgetting what happiness is like and not being able to imagine that you will ever feel it again. I can’t even imagine that sort of despair. Pray for everyone who is still fighting that battle.

  • jeanvaljean24601

    In “Patch Adams”, he showed his self perhaps more openly than in any other of his movies. He simply didn’t have the strength.

    If you will (without blasphemy) —

    Robin Williams at The Pearly Gates

    I think it would go something like this…

    Robin: Saint Pete, I’m not sure I’m good enough to be admitted….
    Saint Peter: Oh, you aren’t getting in on your own account, my boy. No one does. You are welcome for all the joy you have given other people.

    • gabe

      And for the prayers of all those people that love you!

  • irena mangone

    Yes may he rest in peace. thank God that God is our judge and not people in com boxes

  • Father, in Your mercy, wrap Your servant Robin in Your healing embrace, and welcome him into Your joy.

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  • JJG

    I owe a great debt of gratitude to those who’ve made me laugh over the years, among whom are Robin Williams and his mentor, Jonathan Winters. I will fondly remember Mr. Williams’ role as a character based on Dr. Oliver Sacks, in the film _Awakenings_. In my opinion, it was his best dramatic role.

    How sad that he has left us, especially for his three children, and under these circumstances. My God, in His infinite mercy, receive his soul, through the merits of Christ crucified.

  • orual’s kindred

    May Our Lord grant him peace. Alas that he could not apply his gift of lifting people’s spirits to himself; he seemed more troubled and desolate as the years wore on. Prayers for him and all affected by this tragedy.

  • David Ozab

    Thank you, Mark, for displaying the virtues of faith, hope, and love that the Holy Spirit has freely granted to us. Prayers for the repose of his soul and for comfort and strength for his family.