Tuesday, March 16, 2010


All in Green this fine day, for obvious reasons, I should hope.

March 12, 2010 a good man died. Joe Cassario, an old friend, was lifted from this world and went to be with his Lord, whom he loved. I am privileged and happy to know Joe and his family, who every one of them share in his genuine kindness, good spirits and humility.

Tonight Mrs. EO and I have been listening again to a song based on St. Patrick's words. To think of the love that man had for those who had enslaved and tormented him. He deserved the name "Christian." What a beautiful song. What a beautiful life. I thought what a beautiful way to celebrate Joe's life and his new life above.

Joseph, please introduce me to your friends when I arrive. Soon and very soon.

I arise today
through the strength of heaven.

Light of sun, radiance of moon,
splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
swiftness of wind, depth of the sea,
stability of earth, firmness of rock.

I arise today
through God’s strength to pilot me

God’s eye to look before me, God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me
From all who shall wish me ill,
Afar and a near, alone and in a multitude

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body, and so…

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,

Christ to shield me.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me;
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.

I arise today.

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