Prayers for Steve

UPDATE: Remember when I said that Steve died on the feast of St. Faustina?  Well, he died at the Hour of Mercy.  Read this:

“Steve Jobs died at home of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to his death certificate. His occupation was listed as “entrepreneur.”


I could not believe what I was hearingafter the death of Steve Jobs.  Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas called for a picket of his funeral because he “gave God no glory & taught sins”.  They also tweeted that “Steve Jobs is in hell”, claiming that the cancer that took his life was a punishment from God.  These are seriously sick people, but it’s not the first time they have preached their hatred.

I can’t say that I knew Steve Jobs personally.  I never sat down with him for a glass of bear, nor have I ever exchanged eMails with him.  When I first heard of his illness, I did write him a note to say that I would be praying for him and remembering him in my Masses.  I never received, nor did I expect a response.

To me, Steve Jobs is another Walt Disney.  He didn’t only think outside the box, like Walt, he through the box away.

From all that I have read, it appears to me that Steve was a good man, he loved his wife and children, he was a hard worker, he sought excellence in his work and expected that from those around him.  I know he wasn’t a Christian.  Steve Jobs was a Buddist.  In my eyes, Steve was an honest man who used the gifts that God bestowed on him and he used them to their fullest.  He was extremely talented.  If all of us used our God given talents so faithfully and zealously, we would all achieve great things.

I want to reflect back on something that I have noticed through the years.  Dates have always been important to me.  Every time there is a major event, good or bad, I check to see what feast day it is.  For example, the first iMac was released on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15, 1998).  The first iPhone was on June 29, 2007, the feast of SS. Peter & Paul.  I don’t intend to go through all of Apple’s products, but one date that stuck out especially in my mind was the date that Steve Jobs left this world.  It was October 5, the Feast of St. Faustina, known as “God’s secretary of mercy”.  Maybe it’s all a coincidence, but for those who believe, there are no coincidences, only God incidences.

I have prayed (as we should do for all people) a few Rosaries and Divine Mercy Chaplets for Steve’s eternal rest and will offer Mass when I have an opportunity.  I think that is the least I can do for a guy who made my life much easier and gave me so many tools for the New Evangelization.  Yes, I’m a podcaster!  I can also thank Steve Jobs for the inspiration in naming my podcast.

So Steve, we have never met in this life, but I pray we can sit and have a chat in the next.  Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual like shine upon him.  May he rest in peace!

Fr. Jay Finelli,
the iPadre

8 thoughts on “Prayers for Steve

  1. Very wise and moving words Father. I am not a Catholic, in fact I am an Anglican, but I love your podcasts and the way you embrace technology to spread the word of God. May the Lord bless you for all your good work and may Steve Jobs rest in peace.

  2. We should pray for all souls and offer them the aid that they cannot obtain on their own. No one should make assumptions about the judgement of another soul but they should channel their energy into prayerful intentions for every soul.

    I use devices that Steve and his vision produced. Many of us do and for no other reason, we have a connection to Steve. Let’s all pray for Steve’s soul and while we’re at it, let’s pray the Rosary for all the Poor Souls.

    “Incline Thine ear, O Lord, unto our prayers,wherein we humbly pray Thee to show Thy mercy upon the soul of Thy servant, Steve Jobs, whom Thou hast commanded to pass out of this world , that Thou wouldst place him in the region of peace and light, and bid him be a partaker with Thy Saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

    Requiescat in Pace , Steve!

  3. The WBC continues to show their ignorance. The most ironic thing about their tweet about Steve Jobs——it was sent from an iPhone.

  4. We are made in the “image and likeness of God.” Steve Jobs had great creativity. And just as God did, Steve saw that his creations were good. It’s up to the rest of us to use these gifts for good or evil. I thank God, and Steve Jobs, for a device that allows me to carry the Bible in my pocket, share music with children in our Religious Ed classes, and offers apps that help me to grow spiritually. Thank you, God, for Steve Jobs and may he be with you for all eternity.

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  6. Phew!

    I’ve been searching all over the Internet to see if someone else noticed what was put in front of our noses, for the whole world to see, and right when I was begining to doubt on how to go about talking of modern day miracles, I read this. I didn’t know Steve Jobs either. But all I could think of when I heard the news about his passing was that it didn’t matter what anyone thought. The fact was that he died on Saint Faustyna’s day. And then I read his death certificate stated that he died around 3:00p.m. And as if it wasn’t enough, in her eulogy his sister said of his last moments that:

    “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:


  7. I did a search Steve Jobs Divine Mercy and came up on this article. I only searched about it because I was reviewing some videos about Steve’s life, and suddenly thought about God’s divine mercy to all, which would of course include Steve. Even those who do not become Christians during their life, may reach heaven. Our Lord Jesus is so merciful that he wants us all there, so he will do everything possible to call everyone to him. Why would Steve be an exception?

    Steve really changed the world, and we all love him because of the wonderful products he introduced. That doesn’t grant him heaven. But his suffering for me was a sign that God wanted him there. So I pray that he is there. Our merciful God is compassionate about all. God bless him! May he rest in peace.

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