Monday, September 02, 2013

Noli Timere

The Nobel-laureate Irish poet Seamus Heaney died a few days ago. I just read that his last words were, "Noli timere" (Latin for "don't be afraid"). That touches me enormously.

As a sign of the times, they were sent by text message:

In a tribute delivered from the pulpit, one of Heaney's three children revealed his final words: a text message from his hospital bed to his wife, Marie.
Michael Heaney said the words, "written a few minutes before he passed away, were in his beloved Latin. And they read: 'Noli timere.' Don't be afraid." That revelation opened a ripple of tears in the audience, including from Marie and only daughter Catherine in the front row beside the flower-topped coffin. 

from http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2013/09/dont_be_afraid_final_words_fro.html