Gertrude has kindly shared with us the details of the holy mass held in Linda's memory this morning at Gertrude's parish church in Graz, Austria:
I have put together for you the table of the Holy Mass today:
At the beginning after the Sign of the Cross, the priest (Father Andreas Schmidt) chose a song from the catholic songbook “Gotteslob” (Nr 273, 1.3.4) for the Kyrie Eleison:
1. “O Herr, nimm unsre Schuld, mit der wir uns belasten und führe selbst die Hand, mit der wir nach dir tasten.”
3. “Wir kennen dein Gebot, einander beizustehen, und können oft nur uns und unsre Nöte sehen.”
4. “O Herr, nimm unsre Schuld, die Dinge, die uns binden, und hilf, dass wir durch dich den Weg zum andern finden.”
Before the priest continued with the prayer of the day, he announced for whom we particularly pray in this holy mass and read Linda’s name.
Then there was one reading from the Old Testament: Jonah 3: 1-10
The lector recited the responsorial psalm: Ps 51 – to which we (i. e. about 10 – 12 parishioners) sang the refrain: “Ein zerbrochenes und zerschlagenes Herz wirst du, o Gott, nicht verschmähen” (a broken and penitent heart, o God, thou wilt not despise).
The priest was reading from the Gospel according to Luke: 11: 29 –32. “ God is a merciful God” was the core message of his short sermon on both readings.
Then the lector read the intercessions.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist started with the Preparatory Rite followed by the Eucharistic Prayer and the “Holy, holy”, the song of which the priest chose from the “Gotteslob” (Nr 193).
Consecration with the Words of Institution, intercessions and doxology.
The Communion Rite started with the Lord’ Prayer followed by the Rite of Peace, the Lamb of God, Holy Communion, and Prayer after Communion.
At the end Father Andreas gave us the blessing and the “Ite, missa est”.
It was a simple and plain weekday mass without organ but nice singing of the congregation present.
Linda's good friend Gertrude Madl has informed me that her parish church in Graz, Austria, will hold a holy mass on Wednesday, March 13, in which Linda will be commemorated.
I met Linda in Charlottesville, VA, when she organized a writer’s group, over 30 years ago. When she moved, we kept in touch, mainly with yearly ‘Christmas’ letters. Although we didn’t see each other, she still had a place in my life where I pictured her busily writing her next book and recording her cat’s adventures. Now that place is empty.
To the Cargill Family
We are sorry to her about the passing of Linda Bognar Cargill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this hour of great sadness. All can relate to losing someone in death. Death is something that we will never get use to. So again we find ourselves grieving over the lost of another special person. I wonder if we have every thought about what we could do if we have the powers to reverse the dying situation that the human family has to deal with. Well we know that we don't have the power, but God does. HE has given us His personal promise that He would reverse the pain and suffering that we have been dealing with. Those promises are recorded so that all can read them. The first promise is recorded at Revelation 21:3-4 where our Creator tells us that He would rid the earth of all sicknesses and death. Just imagine living during this time when no person will ever get sick, grow old and die. However there is another promise that God wants all of us to be aware of . This promise involves the restoring of life back to those who have died. Going back to the scriptures God tells us that He would call to those who are in the grave, and that our love ones would hear His voice and stand up in life again. ( John 5:28-29) Oh what comforting words these are to hear. From this text, God is giving us His personal guarantee that Linda, and billions of others will stand up in life again. That Linda would be surrounded by those who love and miss her. Indeed these are truly comforting words to hear and to read. Our Creator wants all of us to be familiar with all of His promises. Especially those that deals with the future resurrection blessing. So He takes the time to preserved nine accounts in the Bible that speaks about the future resurrection blessing. Here is just one such example that is recorded at Acts 9:36-42. I hope that the entire family and friends of the family will get a chance to see how the verses apply to Linda, and a great host of others who await this wonderful blessing from God to take place worldwide. Yes just imagine the sound of joy and laughter filling the whole earth. All of this will take place because of God's promise becoming a reality. So please keep this promise of God near your heart at all times. Remember that it is impossible for God to lie. ( Titus 1:2)
I met Linda and Gary at Duke University in autumn 1976 when I was an international exchange student of theology and English language there. I remember that we had vivid discussions on various topics and that they were quite interested in my background. I also remember that Linda and I joined a group of students at the end of the academic year in 1977 to spend some days on the Outer Banks. Linda and her parents were so kind to invite me to their home in Bethel Park, Pittsburgh, which I dearly remember - particularly an evening when Linda's father gave us a tour through Pittsburgh in his car and a great view on the river and the illuminated city. When I left for my hometown Graz in Austria in June 1977, we kept in touch, first by letters and later on by e-mail. We sent postcards to each other from our vacations, designed calendars for each other, sent flowers on special events. She kept me informed about her literary work and sent me quite a number of her books in English (I have got 12 of them). On her trip to Europe in 2012 I took the chance to meet her, Gary, and Kenneth in Salzburg.
It is quite hard to accept the fact that she is no longer with us. We will miss her very much.
I went to high school with Linda and we shared many of our classes together. Linda was always one of the smartest kids in our class and students would look to her when encountering challenging problems.
It is with shock and grief that I received the news from Gary. She will be truly missed.
My sister and I shared a bedroom during all the years we grew up until she went to college. I remember that as children on Christmas Eve we would try to stay awake as long as we could, to see if we could catch Santa at delivering presents.
We would tell stories until alas we fell asleep
Another memory is playing Barbie dolls. My favorite theme was reenacting the French Revolution. We borrowed fancier towels from the linen closet to recreate the Versailles palace.
We adorned the French provincial vanity in our bedtoom as the palace. One doll was Marie Antoinette and of course there was Louis the sixteenth and other courtiers. After much corrupt behavior, the royalty were imprisioned and killed.
When we were older, as a family we traveled to Europe. We made friends with several kids our age. London was the last stop. I wanted to go to a disco that the tour guide had pointed out earlier in the day. I talked linda into it and a group of us sneezed away the last evening before we all had to fly back to the states. We got to the disco and were hesitant so I ran in and the others followed. It was fun but our parents found out and called Scotland Yard to find us. We got in trouble when we returned to the hotel and were greeted by the police. But, what a memory!
Later when linda was a senior in high school I had the pleasure of doing her make up for her senior prom. She was lovely
Memories of Linda Cargill
Linda and I never met, but we were in almost daily on line contact from 2014 until her sudden passing. I still find it difficult to accept that someone so vibrant and energetic can be so suddenly gone.
We made contact on Goodreads and formed a two person discussion thread which lasted for over two thousand entries, before we transferred to email. We discussed writing, publishing, plots and content. But we also exchanged a wealth of information about the minutiae of our daily lives in very different settings. Hers at the edge of the Arizona desert, mine in a tiny English village beneath the South Downs.
We debated politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Here we were opposites. Linda, a social and political conservative of the old tradition. Me, a progressive social liberal and a pragmatist devoid of ideology, but politically left of centre. Our exchanges were stimulating, sometimes heated, but when they became too hot we switched to family, recipes and food. Lots of photographs of meals and cooking, as well as surrounding countryside and our homes, were exchanged. On the Cargill family trips to Europe via QM2 we kept in touch.
It is impossible to have this level of contact by the written word alone, without gaining a deep insight into the personality and thinking of your correspondent, even though you never meet. We preferred it that way. It would have been easy to set up FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype, but we both knew that would spoil the experience. It was an experience which I found life enhancing.
Suddenly and without a hint of what was to come, news came from Gary of her passing. I still feel shock and disbelief and join with her family and friends everywhere in mourning her loss, while at the same time celebrating the life of Linda who, through her writing, gave such pleasure to so many.