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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2007, 09:09:24 AM »
It was August 24, 2004. I just arrived to Allegheny College as a college freshman--got acquainted with my roommates Georgi and Suvarshi and had a hall meeting with all the guys that I lived with in freshman year and that is where I first met Rob. He lived with Kurt Falcone, down in Walker Hall--which was about 8 doors down from where I lived--hahaha--God i remember how innocent we were all back then. 'College freshmen' pa jud!! I could still remember Rob with his thick Bostonian accent, hahahaha, so irish! We would be so mean to you man, i remember when we were in the bathroom and you were in the shower--me and my roommates decided to pull a prank on you and took a bucket of cold water and as you were showering poured it on the head way--i can still remember laughing my ass off and I heard, "AL, I swear I'm gonna get ya after i get out of here" hahahaha!! Good times, good times. Or the crazy time when it was raining like crazy in late August 2004---and you and I decided to be random and sled around the hill half naked. LOL! I remember being literally covered in mud and drenched by the rain--but it was fun man! God I would do anything to experience that again to be with you again!!! I still feel bad for the janitors cuz we left so much mud and debris in the shower stalls. LOL!! O man....i begin to cry just thinking about the things we had--good times, the conversations we would have in the Blue Room---which would last from like 8pm till like the break of dawn....5am or 6am. God Rob....im going to miss you...man....i dont want to go back to campus and see the difference in people's faces...man...why??? Why? did you leave me like this?? Rob.....i miss you so much man.....i wont be able to hear your voice again, bro. Im even beginning to forget how you sound like....i want to hug you man. Rob.......im crying....i feel so bad for your brothers Damo and Sam, your mom and your dad. They didnt deserve to go through this man! You were their first son,....no parent should have to bury their own child.

I miss you, man. I cant help but cry....
I LOVE YOU MAN... :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2007, 10:55:32 AM »
Hello Bran, I am reading your thoughts and emotions and I know and understand your feelings of grief and sorrow.

May you continue to be a blessing to the rest of your friends.
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« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2007, 11:42:07 AM »
Dodong,

I don't know what to say.

Bisan wala ko kaila ni Robert, I feel like I know him through you.

I am so sorry, dong.

I am always here for you, ok?

I love you.

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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2007, 11:53:17 AM »
I love you too Ate!!!!
Thank you uy...it really means alot to me.


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Dealing with loss and proceeding with closure
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2007, 08:21:48 AM »



First and foremost, I would like to thank my dearest Ates in the site for their prayers and their kind words during this trying time for me and for my friends. Life truly is a journey, on the road, sometimes we make friends during our trek in this long and winding road; however some of our friends take another path and tho we will miss them, we must have faith in ourselves and in them that they arrive to their intended destination. The Love of Christ, and blessed be HIS most Holy Name that not even the brightest star can manifest such magnificence. This past week has been exhausting for me, I am so appreciative of all your prayers for my good friend Robert, it really means a lot to me, our group of friends and the family afflicted his sudden loss. I was able to get in contact with Rob's girl friend, Alison, and have heard from her that she is flying to Boston, Massachusetts to be with Rob's family and for the funeral procession (I will be attending a mass for him this Monday). I am happy and somewhat content that she is doing fine, though the sudden loss of her loved one will forever etch her mind, and that his family trying to keep itself together. It is through the grace of God that all of us are able to connect to one another, and i feel that my prayers are answered because though we have lost a good and faithful friend, we are able to re-connect with one another and keep him in our thoughts.

Prayer, truly is a wondrous thing. Though darkness clouded my thought early this week, it is through solemn prayer, and deep longing trust in God and in HIS boundless mercy and love that I am able to rise from this grievous loss. The Lord is kind, the Lord is loving that he has given me good friends here in my life--to help me and comfort me. The Lord is kind for allowing me to meet other friends around the world--friends that I have made through Tubag Bohol--thank you so much for helping me and keeping my friend Rob in your prayers. Blessed are you, and may the Lord bless all of you.

I just came back from church visit. The Lord is kind, you know. I went to Our Lady of Lourdes R.C Church today at 7:00 pm (about an hour and a half ago) and thought it was closed. However, the light was on--and i opened the doors--and thanked the Lord for keeping the church open this late at night.

I immediately felt an inner sense of peace as I entered the House of God. I fell on my knees, and prayed for my friend Rob, for his soul, for his forgiveness, and for the Heart of Christ to accept him into his kingdom. In deep prayer, on my knees before the crucifix, I poured my tears. The LORD is loving and hears all, and in my prayer, i felt a deep sense of content and as if my fears, my pain, my ache was taken away from me. Lifted. I cannot explain the feeling i had, but it was as if a boulder was lifted from my shoulders. Christ is Love. That is what i thought in my head as I lifted my self in prostration before the Crucifix and before the Altar of God. Christ is Love. As I drove home, i ushered that in my mind "Christ is Love". That the Lord would listen to me, a mere sinner, one who is undeserving of his Love. I did not pray for my own sake, but for the sake of my own friend. That the Lord would look past me and my own sins--but would listen to the innocence of my request. Christ is Love.

I feel content. I feel as if can have closure in this sad event that has forever changed my life and the lives of my friends and families involved.

Though we all experience such losses, my friends, we must remain strong. We must look to God because he is the Life, Word, and Resurrection. Life will have challenges for all of us, but we must be strong, we must learn from these hard experiences (whatever they may be for all of us) and we must trust in God and in ourselves. Do not despair. In the end, all shall be renewed and we shall be united again with our Loved Ones who we so lost in life.

Blessed be the Lord God, who so loved the world that he sent his only begotten SON to be the satisfaction of our sins. Blessed be God the Highest. And Peace to his people on Earth.





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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2007, 01:52:30 AM »


Rob, Hey man. I just wanted to say hey and whats up? Hows your day, my buddy ol' pal? I hope you're holding on there, bro, you know how much ive been taking all this hard lately, very unbecoming of me because you know how hard i try to cover my emotions--always the 'tough guy' lol. Yesterday was beautiful man. Seriously--they had a program for you at the Ford Ecumenical Chapel at 4PM (yours truly took an hour break from lab work to attend it, i know i know..its very unlike of 'Big Al' to do that--hahaha--but you know bro, some of us want that 'Arbitrary' grade ;) hahaha, I love you man. I swear we are truly brothers from a different mother and father ) But anyways. Back to the point.

Yea, your mom and dad were there--flew all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to attend the college's service memoriam for you. Dude, you would have loved it. And in a way i knew you were there---we all felt you there. There was President Cook, the administration, your favorite English professor DR. Michaels,  Alison was there, all your friends and loved ones. Id say that there were probably 50 or students who knew you man that were there. Rob...i tried to be strong bro. After they had the program, they had a video recording of all the pictures you had. And one thing that i liked was the 'definition' of your persona and your inner beauty. They described you as : an adventurer, an athlete, a son, a boyfriend, a grandson, a learner, a spiritual man, and a friend. All of those descriptions included pictures of you and all the people and places you visited. But man...on the description of 'Friend' they had a picture of you and me in full hug. Man. I broke down in tears man. God Robbo--thank you so much for that picture--for that memory--for that image. I LOVE you BRO! In my heart--i know you can feel it. We all felt you with us in that church. In that time. Thank You so much Rob for the love and change you made in us--your imprint in our lives. God Only knows how much love, compassion, and tenderness you had/have. It was a good closure man.

I was able to meet your mom and your dad. Thank god for that.

I think that is good. I think that is enough. You live on, bro, in all our hearts. Forever.

Bless you,,,,,,,,,,,
May the Lord God Bless You and Keep You,,,,


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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2007, 07:57:50 AM »
Sorry about what happen to your friend dong..

May his soul rest in peace.
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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2008, 06:31:18 AM »
Happy New Years, Rob.

LoL. Keep on tapping those kegs, bro.

WE Miss you, Robbo. If you only knew..

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Robbo, I miss you man
« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2008, 03:41:31 PM »
Dude its 3:34 AM right now, Im in the bio building studying for molecular finals and reviewing statistics. Its the dead of the night, looked at my watch and noticed that today is the 3rd of May. Dude, has it been almost 6 months since we last talked? I can't believe it man, I can't believe that its been half a year since we talked. You know I still have that dumb email you sent me about Bush's idiocy about starting the war in Iraq, lol. But yea man, its literally 8 days from our graduation, BRO. Rob, we literally have only about a week's time left in our stay in Allegheny. Its been too fast, bro. Time passes too fast, don't you think? Shoot I still remember when it was still August 25, 2004--when we all were still freshman; innocent still and untouched by the powers of college, lol. I was talking to Kurt several weeks ago during my symposium in bio; yea. I'm in the bio building--and I have strong mix emotions right now. One, I'm so happy to be getting the hell out of here, lol! I still can't believe that we're paying 40k a year to go here, hahaha! You were right you know, this is on way of going into debt hahaha. :P :P

Robbo, I miss you man. Just wanted to let you know that.

Watch over me, will ya, Robbo?

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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2008, 03:49:15 PM »
LOL, dude! Remember when we scotched taped Dom's dorm door? hahahaha! I was talking to Paul and Don about that the other weekend. God I still remember Dom's screaming down the hall way, "Who did this? who who who? " hahaha!

Shitt, I'm crying again.

:'(

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« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2008, 04:27:19 PM »

I'm sorry, dong. I know Robbo is watching over and is happy for you. wherever he is now.

Cheer up, dong.

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« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2008, 07:00:18 PM »
Rob, this past week has been very emotional for us all. In fact, I don't know if I can remember a time where I was crying so much. Talking to old friends and reminiscing old memories of days long gone; during freshman year. Talking to Don, Dom, Bryant, Kurt, Ali, Awter, Mindy, Dave, Steve, Devin, Dustin, Paul, Phil, Lisa, Summer, Anne, Jack, Bill, Jenny, Kristin, Alice. Ha, who would've guessed that I would be the sentimental type, eh? lol. Sure, I guess I never showed it to you and my close friends, but I'm pretty sentimental, with graduation looming, and talks about the upcoming 5 year anniversary and 10 year, 15 year, so on so forth, has been resounding in my head. 

I was talking to Don and Bryan about coming back and meeting up some years from now. Haha, would you even believe that I was talking about sending my children to Allegheny? Many years from now, that is. Talking about being 30, 40, 50, years upon years from now.

And it brought me to the memory I had when I was talking with you some many moons back. I don't know if you remember it or not, but it was in our sophomore year. I was coming out of Dr. Shapiro's office after talking to him about peer leading and grading some students' papers. Sorry for taking too long as I knew you were waiting outside of his office, haha. You know me, I tend to get carried away with specifics and the details of things. Thanks for waiting for me, despite it took me almost an hour to get details out, lol. We talked about future plans, medical school for me; and you talked about law school and possibly graduate school in journalism. When you talked, Rob, you always seemed to captivate those who listened to you. Full of life, full of vibrance, details, and future plans that was ready to be conquored. Claimed.
You asked me if I would be sending my kids to Allegheny, if given the chance, in the future. I told you that I didn't know. But you know, after many years of thinking about it, after all the experiences I've had here, the good and the bad, I'd have to say that I would send my kids to Allegheny. To receive a fine education from one of the finest private colleges, and to make life-lasting, life-affecting friends. I mean it.

It brings me to tears man. Brings me to tears that I won't be able to see you anymore, to never hear your voice again and hear of your future plans, your dreams, aspirations. What ever happened to our plan to meet up during our 30th anniversary in Allegheny College?

My only fear, Rob, is that you will be forgotten. That the world will forget you. That your memory will be as if it was for nothing. I refuse, with all my heart, to acquiesce to that. You existed, you were one of my good friends. And you had dreams, bro. Such rich and vivid life expectations. Plans. God only knows how far you could have gone in life. You were stolen at such a young age, Rob. Too young, at such a prime age. If only the world could have known the person you were, knew you through my own eyes.

I miss you man. You have my prayers, my brother.

Go With God. May He have Mercy on You. Christ Have Mercy.


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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2008, 09:04:54 AM »
Today is October 27, 2008.

Last year, bro, I was having a conversation with you at the Campus Center. It is too fast; time passes too fast, my brother.

You were right, Rob, Bob Dylan is good. haha.

Miss you, my good friend.

Truly,
Al

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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #33 on: November 19, 2008, 04:15:26 PM »
Today is your death anniversary, bro.

Miss you, and i celebrate your life. One year went that fast?

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« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2008, 05:08:38 PM »
sorry dong lorenz karon pa ko kabasa ani, he may rest in peace, i know it's hurt when you lost your best friend.

I miss my best friend aya.

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« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2008, 04:00:36 PM »
The leaves from the trees fall down, the winds that pass trhough will blow one direction, the rain from the heavens will fall to the earth, the child will grow up, the elderly will perish. Truly there is a time for a place, for an event, for a happening in this world. Still it does not hit me why you had to leave us so young and so early in your life. It's been over a year my friend, and the pain of a loss of a good friend, especially when a death was so sudden, so immediate and so personal, is tragic and uneventful. I try to look beyond this situation and find a meaning on it, yet as much as logistics as much as realism as much as ponderance one can have on something like this, it still boggles my own mind. Not so much as it did a year ago, but nonetheless, i cannot help the fact that i do miss you, my friend. One, because we were of the same age group, second because you were my good friend, third because you never seemed the type to do the thing that you did.


I was able to talk to our mutual friend, Hannah, this week as well. Its good to know.

So I have a dedication for you, bro, its a work form Percy B. Shelley. You're type of poet, lol.


                 There was a Poet whose untimely tomb,


            51No human hands with pious reverence reared,
            52But the charmed eddies of autumnal winds
            53Built o'er his mouldering bones a pyramid
            54Of mouldering leaves in the waste wilderness:--
            55A lovely youth,--no mourning maiden decked
            56With weeping flowers, or votive cypress wreath,
            57The lone couch of his everlasting sleep:--
            58Gentle, and brave, and generous,--no lorn bard
            59Breathed o'er his dark fate one melodious sigh:
            60He lived, he died, he sung, in solitude.
            61Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes,
            62And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined
            63And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes.
            64The fire of those soft orbs has ceased to burn,
            65And Silence, too enamoured of that voice,
            66Locks its mute music in her rugged cell.

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« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2008, 04:14:10 PM »
This is for you, my dear brother.



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« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2008, 07:57:15 PM »



I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you – unless you have come to believe in vain.

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them – though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ – whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

But someone will ask, 'How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?' Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body.

For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:

'Death has been swallowed up in victory.'
'Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?'

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.

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Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2008, 09:59:09 AM »
Dong, I still remember the day your friend left you.  It was so shocking even to me who didn't know him personally.  I pray that he is at peace now in our God's kingdom.
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« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2008, 02:53:27 PM »
All I ask and pray for, is that Mercy and Peace was given to him by our Lord Jesus Christ. The righteous and merciful Judge of All.

Thank you for remembering him, Ate Ging. You would have loved Robert had you met him in life. He was such a very good, wonderful, and beautiful individual. He was my good friend.

 

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