An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, November 16, 2012

Who was Lino Villacha?

1.  He lived in Brazil.
2.  He was a poet.
3.  He had leprosy.
4.  His wife had leprosy.
5.  He lost his lower limbs to the disease.
6.  He was friends with Sandro, whose life is being invesitaged by the Holy See as a candidate for sainthood.
7.  And this is one of Lino's poems ... which is our family's Thanksgiving blessing every year.

Obrigado Senhor

Thank you, Lord, for my healthy limbs, when so many are crippled,
For my perfect eyes, when so many are without light,
For this voice that sings, when so many are mute,
For these hands that work, when so many have to beg.
It is wonderful, Lord, to have a home to return to,
When there are so many who don't know where to go.
It is wonderful, Lord, to laugh, love, dream,
When so many cry, hate, and die before being born.
It is wonderful, Lord, to have so little to ask,
And so much to be thankful for.

Lino Villacha

Sandro Nottegar and Lino Villacha
*You can read about Sandro here and here, and Lino here.


Deanna said...

beautiful poem

tiziana said...

Solo chi ha una vera sofferenza sa ringraziare veramente il Signore.
Foto straordinaria.
Grazie Bia

Jennifer said...

Bia, that is beautiful, I'm sharing this on FB & Twitter. We can slip through life complaining when we have so many things to be thankful for like arms and legs..