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In Memoriam:
Remembering Those Who Have Inspired Us

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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