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.
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.
|Sandro Nottegar and Lino Villacha|