In Memory of Penny Lord
Bob and Penny Lord
Bob and Penny Lord
Family, this is a difficult column to write this time.
For the last 25 years, both Penny
and I have written this column.
Not to say she's
not writing it now, only it's from a different perspective.
She is directing traffic from Heaven, and though I can hear her dictating to me, it's more feelings than words.
I have to come up with the words.
And a lot of the words come from what has happened in these last six months, to our whole family.
was the one who suffered physically, especially towards the end.
Actually, we were hoping and praying for what we wanted for Penny
, and maybe not necessarily what God wanted for Penny
We gave a talk at the EWTN Celebration in August of last year.
Afterwards, during the question and answer period, a man asked, "How do you become a Saint?
and I jokingly answered, "Well the first thing you have to do is die.
It was funny at the time, but in retrospect, my own answer gives me the chills.
and I had spoken about our life together and yes, the end of our life, but also together.
We thought we had worked out a deal with the Lord that He
would take us together, most likely in a plane crash or a bus traveling the mountain roads of Europe going over the side of the cliff.
and I began to praise the Lord for all the years He
had given us, for our life, our children, for our Ministry, the books and television programs we had made, and just at that moment, we said to each other, "We can't go down now.
We haven't finished the book on the Angels.
Sure enough, within seconds the skies opened up and we landed in Dallas.
I've chosen two articles for this Newsletter for a reason.
In addition to having to do with Souls in Purgatory and helping the poor and hungry, each one relates to Penny
and me to a great degree.
The first one, St. Elizabeth of Hungary talks about a young couple, very much in love, who court for four years, marry for six years, after which he dies.
But theirs is a storybook romance, from which the Cinderella love story and Snow White come from.
They were completely in love from the time they met for the rest of their lives.
and I met at a birthday party given for her
in my apartment on September 23, 1957.
You can be assured that we will continue this Ministry along the same vein as always, protecting the brand that Bob and Penny Lord created over the last 39 years.
is pushing us more than ever from the Kingdom, and I am sure that will continue until the Second Coming of Christ.
To quote Penny
, " So much to do and so little time to do it!"
I cannot tell you how much you and Penny
have meant to me in the past years.
I became a Catholic a few years ago.
Your shows have helped me so much to learn about all the wonderful Saints that we have to look forward to meeting in Heaven.
When I found out that Penny had passed away, I could just see her being escorted into Heaven by her Guardian Angel and all the Saints she taught us about.
I am going to start praying to Penny
I will be praying for you too.
Even though we have never met, I feel that I know you and your loving wife, Penny
Thank you both for your shared video Ministry; a labor of love that has enriched the lives of countless souls over the years.
Because of the legacy of video recordings you have both created, you and Penny
will continue to proclaim the Good News long after you are united in Heavenly glory with our Risen Brother, Jesus.
I am so sorry to hear of the recent passing of your lovely wife, Penny
I feel that Penny
is already with our Lord, praising Him with the Angels and Saints.
Our family will keep your and your family in our prayers.
Thank you, Mr. Lord
, for your ministry.
May God bless you
Please accept my condolences and prayers for you at this time of great loss of Penny
Deacon CC Providence, RI
My sincerest condolences to all of you
on the death of your dear Penny; it was shocking news indeed.
I am so glad that you made all those TV programs because her
great love for Our Lord, the Church and especially the Saints will continue to encourage and enlighten us all.
This is a chapter from Bob
and Penny Lord's
used to say that she
would be working at the office, or making programs at EWTN and all of a sudden she
was brought back to a moment in Lourdes, or Loreto, or Assisi.
on St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Bob and Penny Lord's book
Just having returned to the Church two years before, and not having had much real education in the Faith at the time, Penny
asked how much we were to give someone who was suffering, to bring about a cure.
From Bob and Penny Lord's book
When Our Lord wants a message to get out to His Church
raises up a powerful Saint to do the task.
Such a Saint was Gertrude the Great!
was the one to plant the seed which would bloom through the hands of another powerful Saint and visionary, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, four centuries later, and subsequently through Saint Faustina Kowalska in the 20th Century, through the Mission of Divine Mercy.
Our Lord's mandate to St. Gertrude was to herald devotion to His
Most Sacred Heart.
came to us in the Thirteenth Century, a time of rampant heresy and glorious victory.
The Lord promised that His Church
, although besieged by persecution, would triumph in the end; in the Thirteenth Century, with His
Infinite Humility, He
raised up great Saints to bring this about.
St. Gertrude received the title "the Great" partially because of the extraordinary gifts she
received from the Lord, but we believe more for her
total dedication to her
Why did the Lord want devotion to His
Most Sacred Heart to begin at this time?
We know that He
brought about the Miracle of the Eucharist at Bolsena to dispel the heresy of Berengarianism in this century, but why did He
give the message to St. Gertrude to bring about an awareness and love of His
Most Sacred Heart, the Furnace of His
Six centuries before, in around the year 720, His
children were being led astray, innocent lambs being led to slaughter by some "judas goats," and so God in His
Mercy gave His
little ones a Miracle of the Eucharist in the Form of a Human Heart, the Miracle of the Eucharist of Lanciano!
Then six centuries later, He
sends a Saint to herald devotion to His
Most Sacred Heart, to let us know how much He
loves us, how we can find refuge and strength in the Mercy of His
Is this book not about His
God could not have shown more Mercy and Compassion than to give us an opportunity to be made ready for Him by gracing us with Purgatory.
gave us Miracles of the Eucharist, whenever we were in danger of losing our faith.
Why? Because He
wanted us to know that He
is with us, reachable and waiting for us, coming to dwell in us during the ongoing Sacrifice of the Cross, the Sacrifice of the Mass.
told St. Gertrude:
The following is an excerpt of a chapter in Bob
and Penny Lord's
Saints and Other Powerful Women in the Church - Bob & Penny Lord