When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
The greatest mystery in life is death. When tragedy strikes and someone who has shed light on our path is lost, it can feel as if all light has gone out. It is in these somber moments that we must carry their light for them—we must remember the impact these great men and women have had on our lives, and celebrate their influence.
Here Patheos writers remember those who have passed on. In life they have inspired us, in death we will never forget them.
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Growing up, as I did, the son of a man who participated in the liberation of one of the Nazi death camps, I've always felt a profound personal connection to the Holocaust.
The People's Champ walked a path that began with the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X, and ended with Hazrat Inayat Khan and Rumi.
He fought every battle he faced with dignity. He didn't leave the country to avoid the draft... He fought a fair fight until the highest court in the land gave him his justice.
As American Muslims, let's not permit the unity of the moment to be just a flash in the pan in the record of our collective history.
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In the midst of the controversy surrounding him and his legacy, one of Ali's greatest gifts to us was his courageous refusal to be commodified.
Most of us will never be "The Greatest," in the way that he was. But in the end, being great might not mean what we think it means.
Ali carried this protest in the ring and outside of it.
This Sunday, many Christian congregations in this country will bow at a different altar. It will be draped in red, white, and blue.
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If liberty had a Seal Team Six, Scalia would have been the sniper tasked with taking out the heart of the opposition's ideology.
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Nancy Reagan made her husband governor and then President of the United States. She did this in the way all good spouses do: love.
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It is impossible to imagine what music would have been without this man's bold and brilliant vision, his unique talent, his courage. His influence cannot be exaggerated.
It's the end of an age, and great heroes (and heroines) are departing this world.
Thank you for all you've done on this earthly plane, and for the inspiration you've given so many.