Mary Pipher: But time is our friend as well
Shakespeare: Grief fills the room up of my absent child

Bernanos: The little boy I was will take his place at the head of my life

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Certainly my life is already full of deaths. But the most dead of the dead is the little boy I was. And yet, when the time comes, it is he who will take back his place at the head of my life, will reassemble my poor years up till the last one, and like a young chief rallying his veteran troops in disorder, will be the first to enter into the house of the Father.

            --George Bernanos (1888-1948)

Certes, ma vie est déjà pleine de morts. Mais le plus mort des morts est le petit garçon que je fus. Et pourtant, à l'heure venue, c'est lui qui reprendra sa place à la tête de ma vie, rassemblera mes pauvres années jusqu'à la dernière et, comme un jeune chef ses vétérans, ralliant la troupe en désordre, entrera le premier dans la maison du Père.

 

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