Mr. Patrick Duffy, whom so many of us were privileged to learn from, departed from this life early this morning.
I understand from a brief post of his daughter that the Memorare was one of his favorite prayers. Why wouldn’t it be? What a beautiful prayer of abandonment to the sweet Mother of God, Mary Most Holy. This is a prayer that Teresa of Calcutta called her “spiritual machine gun” after all. May I suggest we all pray several Memorares for the repose of the soul of this good teacher, this extraordinarily kindhearted man?
I believe that if a man’s memory among those he leaves behind can evoke a smile then he probably accomplished some good on this earth. Is there anyone who sat in his Latin 101 who doesn’t associate the conjugation of “sum” with the song Blue Moon? Didn’t think so.
MEMORARE, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.