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Historic photographs of The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary.
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'Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore'
(from Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare)
So did his dying come in gentle waves,
Arriving unnoticed and then receding.
No one noticed the lifting
And the diminishing of the waves,
Too much sea breaking
To notice subtle failures of the pebbled sand
Being sucked into the sea.
It had come at last,
In sorrow almost hoped for,
This dreaded moment,
The grand cancellation of Time.
Expectations of healing had bounded
and had fallen back,
As hope for the shore glimmered and dimmed,
Like the running down of a giant clock,
Noiselessly, back into the sea.
'Salve Regina,' the priest intoned.
And the gathered room followed:
Verse followed verse
Of this ancient chant,
'Arces and theses,'
The swelling and the restraint,
The rising and the falling away.
Wave pushes on after wave
The clock of his heart keeping steady pace
O dulcis virgo, Maria.
The monitor, satisfied and silent,
Had finished its task.
The grand silence had spoken at last.
We caught our breath as his breathing stopped,
The wave took the shore
Like a roused dragon firing from its den,
O the beauty and the symmetry
The tired old sea made new again!
O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new!
Awe wept its faithful Angelus,
Lulled by the rhythm of the chiming of the sea.
In Memory of Anthony Cho, July 31, 2008
Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola
(Anthony died aspiring to be a Jesuit)
Written by Edward G. Zogby, S.J.
3 August 2008