Sunday, November 2, 2014

On the Commemoration of All Souls' Day: "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

This had to be done. Even now, he had a stern, still handsome profile, the profile of an absolutist, a romantic. His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.

He seemed to be climbing.

But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were:

From Steve Job's sister's eulogy for him.

I simply love this and can't read it enough. The whole piece is a tender, loving image that adds wonderful depth to the public persona. Her absolute honesty about his last words made me cry (but you knew that already, didn't you?).

Somehow it seemed like a fitting memory for today, when we pray for all souls.


  1. Too bad he can't send an email to let us know what he saw and what it's like. Maybe he can figure that out while he's on the other side. ;)

  2. I'm looking forward to reading the Walter Isaacson book - two in fact: Steve's biography, and the new one that just came out The Innovators. Actually, I think I'll read them in reverse order starting with Isaason's newer first and then the entire Jobs book.

    As for the Oh Wow quote. I don't know -- but I wonder if that's the attitude God has for us - he wants to fill us with little surprises all day long. Steve wanted to fill the world with useful, cool tools. Pope Francis speaks of God's surprises in the book The Church of MERCY - A vision for the Church (Loyola Press) on page 63 - the openness to being surprised by God, and "...even in the midst of difficulties God acts and surprises us." If you ever watched any of the Apple announcement events, Steve Jobs would look like he was wrapping things up and then he would say "There is just one more thing..." and then announce some blockbuster technology.

    Oh wow...must have been God's welcome to what Steve's life on earth. Right on.

    Tom from Lake Zurich

    1. I absolutely believe that is God's desire for us! :-)