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A note from J.J.

Kara Olenick, a friend and a fellow active member of the Newman Community, shared this the day after we learned of J.J.’s passing. It has comforted her and many others since.

“J.J. wrote this to me just before he left for Riva because I was so mad at him for leaving me. Your words were always more perfect than you knew, friend.”

Kara,

 

It’s a simple tune
That God taught to me and you:

 

We never go away,
We never say goodbye.
We always stay in touch,
Even when we die.

 

To put it in perspective,
This is just the new adventure.
Be at peace, and please
Always be rest assured:

 

This is not the end,
Though I am leaving now,
There is always life!
What is lost will be found!

 

J.J.

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