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Their blossoms down….(and) at the end of all loving and love,
May the Man above
Give him a crown.

Through the years there has been an eloquent voice, an outspoken political prophet and beacon of hope for the disenfranchised, the poor, the sick and those who live in the most anguished of circumstances in disparate places. 

His joy was the joy of this earth, its flows and founts, its soaring music and its quiet breezes, and its peoples.

He is gone from us now and I am saddened to watch as his family must again endure another loss of a husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather as the world looks on with compassion and in some quarters, mischief.

As for me, he has only my appreciation and admiration.

Here are a few of his words:

    “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

    “…securing quality, affordable health insurance for every American is a matter of simple justice. Health care is not just another commodity. Good health is not a gift to be rationed based on ability to pay. The time is long overdue for America to join the rest of the industrialized world in recognizing this fundamental need.

     “Children should not be denied the opportunity for a healthy start in life because their parents cannot afford insurance. Families should not have to worry about paying medical bills at the same time they are struggling to cope with all the other strains that serious illness brings.

     “Older couples should not see the savings of a lifetime swept away by a tidal wave of medical debt. And no Americans should find that the quality of their medical care is determined by the quantity of their wealth.

     “But that fundamental wrong occurs every day in America, over, and over, and over again.”

and

“I hope for an America where neither ‘fundamentalist’ nor ‘humanist’ will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls.

“I hope for an America where no president, no public official, no individual will ever be deemed a greater or lesser American because of religious doubt, or religious belief.

“I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division.

“I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.”

 

heading quote is taken from an Irish poem delivered by Thomas Kiernan at John F. Kennedy Jr.’s christening….

 

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I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying.--

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Beannacht

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

John O'Donohue, Echoes of Memory