An incredibly beautiful life! An incredibly beautiful life that made the lives of all those who encountered you more beautiful, including the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit where you spent your last days. All were wondering who you were and who we were, like those at Solomon’s portico. A presence. The only thing that matters, until that final “Amen.” You said it with the breath you still had, and even told the young college student who was with you to write it down: “Amen. See, Jesus always comes. He wants to be with us.” For a while, we will not see you. You won’t even come to the next New York Encounter where, like always, we would have given you the task of setting the theme. These are the things that no one can do quite like you, but we are happy because your life was fulfilled with peace and joy, and we know that you will help us more than ever before.
Maurizio Maniscalco is Chairman of the New York Encounter, an annual free three-day public cultural festival. This year’s NYE takes place Friday, January 16, to Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011. This article is used by permisson. All other rights reserved.