Fr. Jerome RIP
He was a man of deep emotions,
shy, introverted and fearful of many things,
covered over by a blanket of anger,
with a glowering stare,
yet underneath was a man of tenderness
and open to friendship and true.
His silence was deep and he could sit for hours,
Yet when he laughed, such a sound,
after being with him when he exploded in a roar of mirth,
you think he would die from it,
he would become purple from gasping,
you understood what a belly laugh truly was.
If a friend suffered he would weep,
sometimes for days, yet he struggled with many,
over the years he softened and his last
mile was a peaceful one.
We prayed for him with him as he was dying,
he slipped out in such a peaceful manner,
like a gentle breeze and then gone.