Re: May His Memory Be Eternal

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Posted by Gretchen Passantino on December 21, 2003 at 21:35:05:

In Reply to: May His Memory Be Eternal posted by Perry Robinson on December 01, 2003 at 03:34:35:

Perry, Bob was always amazed at the depth and breadth of your knowledge exhibited even when you were very young. Whether it was determinism or free will, sacramentalism or non-sacramentalism, discussions with you always promised mental -- and spiritual -- exercise that made us all better Christian thinkers and, I pray, better Christians. While our union with Bob right now is limited to joining him and other brothers and sisters in Christ in heaven before the throne of God in the "communion of the saints," I eagerly anticipate the day when I will be able to engage in more stimulating (and far more informed) conversation in eternity with Bob and all our other "family" of Christ.

: Nowadays it is very difficult to know how to write a note of condolance. In the ancient world it was an art in and of itself. Today we write more often to make ourselves feel better than to put ourselves in a position to weep with those who weep. To the Passantino family, we weep with you.

: Remembering those like Bob who have passed into the next life is like remembering the days of summer when you were a kid. Things were simpler. Coke meant "pop" and the days seemed to be endless. Like many others I can bring to mind alot of the good times I had with Bob. Bob was one of the few people who could argue faster than me and it was all I could do just to keep up with him. I remmeber thinking, "Man, this guy is fast!" And while we didn't always see eye to eye, and I definately thought I got the better part of the argument with Bob on a few occasions, Bob never took it personally.

: In the Orthodox Church we have memorials when people die every so many days and years after their death to remember those who have died in Christ. Prayers are offered and hymns are sung. We always sing a refrain, "May his memory be eternal!" concerning the departed. Like the endless days of summer, May Bob Passantino's memory be eternal.

: Perry C. Robinson

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