Saturday, December 22, 2007
Remembering a Friend
Installed at the Gasson Rotunda at Boston College in 1913, this statue of St. Michael the Archangel's victory over Satan was commissioned in 1865 by Gardner Brewer for his Boston Street home. It was sculpted by Scipione Tadolini.
I offer the image today in tribute to a friend who passed away recently. He taught me something about hope and perseverance, faith and conviviality, good humor, courage, love, and wisdom. I will miss him.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Rest in Peace, friend. I will never forget your voice.