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Title: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 21, 2007, 05:36:08 AM
Today I just found out that a very close friend of mine, who ive been friends with since freshman year in college (we were close buddies and still are..) just passed away. I received an email from Dean Joe Dichristina, the Dean of Students that Robert passed away 3 AM today. I am in total shock, i really really am because I just saw him a couple of days ago. I've lost a really good friend, one who i have shared many good memories here in college---he was there for me when i needed someone to be with when i was a freshman. I talked to my other friends and I found out that Rob hung himself. Dios ko...why man???? My heart is filled with so much ache and unbearable pain at the loss of my friend. Rob, I love you man---i always have and always will, bro! Why did you do it Rob?? Rob why? I feel as if i should have done something--i should have talked to him the day before or something. Why does this have to happen now when I'm leaving for thanksgiving break. Oh Lord please have mercy on my friend. Please show mercy..

Please guys, if you can please pray for the soul of Robert Matson, who died at the age of 22 years old. He was one of my closest friends in life. I will miss you, Robbie, you will live forever in my heart. I love you.


I pray for you, Rob. O god..please have mercy on you...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 21, 2007, 05:43:55 AM
IN MEMORIAM



God Speed, my friend....

Thank You so much for being there as a brother for me!

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on November 21, 2007, 05:47:25 AM
Oh, Dong Enzo, I am so terribly sorry for what happend to your friend Rob.  I feel your ache and your questions filled my heart and mind too! He was such a handsome, young man and why did he do what he did? I wish I can hug you right now. Please have a friend to hug you right now, it will help.  Just take it easy. I know it can't be easy but just be okay.

Heavenly Father, please accept your son Rob and forgive him!  Have mercy on him.  May his soul rest in eternal peace. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 21, 2007, 05:52:10 AM
Ate, i dont why???????



Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on November 21, 2007, 05:59:11 AM
I am just so sorry, Dong Enzo!  How devastating this news must have been to his parents.  Oh, kid, why did you do it!  I am crying with you too Dong coz I feel your pain and sorrows right now.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Call your Mom or call another friend.  Just have somebody to talk to.  Take it easy, please...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 21, 2007, 06:02:46 AM
Why

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: willmerit on November 21, 2007, 06:04:30 AM
sorry for what happened.  pls take it easy.  pls. find somebody to talk to.   
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Bambi on November 21, 2007, 06:44:22 AM
I am so sorry for this Pare...my heartfelt condolence. Lost irrecoverably a best friend is an unbearable pain...how much more if there are lot of questions left unanswered as what the caused maybe why he took his very young life? Only he knows the answer.... Got also young friends who died too abrupt where their lifes has just started. I feel your anger, pains and blankness.  We are all mortal and it is normal to grieve for a beloved friend. God be with him. I pray!
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Glen on November 21, 2007, 12:20:20 PM
I am so sorry Lorenz..I will include Rob in my daily prayers.
Be strong Dong, Rob will rest in peace.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: orChids on November 21, 2007, 12:56:42 PM
May his soul rest in peace...And I'm praying for all young men in this world to be strong in times of sorrow.God is there,lean on Him all your sorrows and talk with your friends all your sorrows like you share the happiness..Life is too short,make it worth living.
Sorry nadala ko,I don't know what to say jod pag maka-meet ko ug in ani nga panghitabo..
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on November 21, 2007, 01:01:54 PM
Same here, Orchids!  I was so lost ganina I didn't know what to say to Dong Lorenz.  Murag kami ra man yata to ga tikaw2x adto na time.  Good thing ning balik ko ug online. 

Mga kabataan, there's so much to live for than to die for!  Be strong!  Trials are meant to make you stronger not to put you down!
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Scarb on November 21, 2007, 03:44:56 PM
oh myyyy goschhhh... ???
Dong im terribly sorry...sorry..sorry...scheisse...(sh...t)huuh ???
soooo young...

thats one of your trial Dong...can feel the pain "you felt" :o

may God give you more strength Dong...cheer up...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: hazel on November 21, 2007, 04:55:31 PM

Dong, I'm so sorry. I really am. :(

I wish I could give you a HUG right now.

May he rest in peace.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: lumine on November 21, 2007, 05:34:07 PM
my dear onic, i couldn't hold on my tears from falling. what a news! sorry to hear this news.

may God forgive him for what he did!
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: pioneer on November 21, 2007, 05:37:00 PM
The story and image of Rob Matson did not leave me this morning. I was alone in a classroom here in Thailand, waiting for my students to arrive. I remember Bran's post on Rob Matson and I remember my father saying to me during his last days on earth, "Gusto pa kong mabuhi kay mag-alagad ko sa Ginoo." Tears welled up my eyes. I wanted to write a poem for Rob Matson but I was overwhelmed with mixed sorrows and pains.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: -<GEC348>- on November 21, 2007, 05:47:10 PM


Lorenzo,

All these were in God's script of Rob's life. Everything happened for a purpose. There's a lesson for everyone... Sorry for your loss of your dear good friend.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2007, 02:44:15 AM
Guys, thank you so much for remembering him, it means alot to me and to my friends that are afflicted by this ...event. I cannot even begin to come to terms with the fact that i will not be seeing my best friend anytime soon. Forever. So much that I had to say to him, and not enough time to even spend time. We were supposed to go hiking again next semester, we put it off because we were so busy with schedules, we were supposed to go back and i was going to give him a tour of Bohol as he wanted to visit the philippines and the stories. I even shared with him with the experiences i had with connecting with my 'islanders' and Tubag Bohol. He was there with me when i made that tribute for Tubag Bohol in youtube. If you can listen to it again---you can actually hear him and some of my friends laughing in the background--as we were making the video together. I have never felt this kind of loss before. Because you know--it is not natural death? For me--there is no closure--i still cannot believe that this happened. We were supposed to meet up again in 10 years for college reunion, etc.

When i posted the last message, it was round 4pm my time and literally minutes before i logged of to drive back home. We left college at about 4:50 pm and arrived back home by 12:30 am and was able to talk to my sister in the drive back home. But as i talked---i could feel Rob's presence. I can feel him even now as i post this--my dear Rob, the one who always would tell me to 'loosen up, Al' or 'Al, you'll do fine--dude dont worry about it, okay big guy?'. God I will MISS him. I can still remember the last time we went out--me and him walked around campus towards the Woodcock dam, which is like 10 miles north of the campus--and we walked at night to see the stars (you can see so much stars at night in northwestern pennsylvania because of the natural preserve)--and i remember talking about the vast expanse of the sky. "God is beautiful" i would say---and he would agree. And I distinctly remember him saying 'do you think He really loves us?' . I answered 'Yes' he does. That was one of the last spiritual conversations i had with him, usually we would talk about classes, relationships, chics etc etc..typical college rhetoric. How I wish i could go back in time and just give him a hug again. Even for a day or two to save his life--if i could--i would have ran to his apartment--break the door down and rescue him from the hanging. If i could.
I couldnt sleep last night, guys, my mind was troubled with thoughts of my friends. I felt as if he was with me--and I prayed so much--i prayed and prayed for his soul--yet i could not sleep. Then this morning my sister and I went to church at 8AM to get some sense of closure. I did--a little bit. I am grateful tho because i was able to talk to Father Jack Connor earlier around 12 noon and broke down in tears to tell the story. I feel better now--at least somewhat at peace. And i pray and will continue to pray for the soul of my late best friend, Rob Matson. Who passed this world at such a young age of 22. He was a couple of weeks younger than I.

My message to the youth in here is to NEVER give up, guys. Please dont ever ever loose hope.

AMEN
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2007, 03:11:52 AM
For You, Rob.

"Apologize"

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fm0T7_SGee4


I'm sorry i didnt get to say good bye.
I'm sorry i didnt know that you were in pain---
I'm sorry that I didnt get to give you one more last hug
I'm sorry that you were in so much pain
I'm sorry that you won't graduate with us---part of the Class of 2008
I'm sorry--for the times I joked around too much
I'm sorry for the pain and agony that you endured in your life--no one has to go through that
I'm sorry that you had to die...alone.

Robbie, I know you can hear me, please know that we are praying for you, you don't have to wander around anymore. Robbie, we care for you, i wont think of you any less for your manner of death---i know that what happened was written in the book of life. Things happen for a reason, Robbo! Remember what you told me in sophomore year when we got in trouble for our 'excessive partying' lol! "Just let it be, Al. Life Life". I want to tell you to let go, Rob. Its okay to leave, bro. Please, please hear my prayers and follow the direction of God the Father. Go with HIM into paradise, and ask for mercy, don't be stubborn and reject salvation. Robert, I AM TELLING you to go and rest...rest..rest. Seriously bro, I'm alright. I know allie will be alright, so will all your parents. Don't linger any longer---------

Follow the light--and seek HIS forgiveness--in the land of dead. May you be granted the grace and love of the ALMIGHTY FATHER who so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son for the satisfaction of our SINS.

Robert, I love you, and will always love you. No matter what. Remember what I told you before "friends through thick or thin."

I'll see you there someday, bro. I cannot wait to hug you again--and see your handsome smile. You owe me that. Don't disappoint me,....



With Love,
Your Friend,
AL
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: hazel on November 22, 2007, 03:52:01 AM

Dong, my tears are with you.

I will light a candle and offer a prayer for Rob tonight.

Hugs to you, dong.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: pioneer on November 22, 2007, 06:44:47 AM
Bran, just continue to express your emotions here in Tubag Bohol and we are all here 24 hours open ready to hear your written voices and thoughts.

I know this is a traumatic experience for you and your circle of friends for Rob left you with a sad note.

I wish to thank Rob for helping you and being with you when you made the Tubag Bohol youtube video. We didn't know him then; we had not seen him then. Rob is gone now and we feel your pain.

Bran, please extend our deepest sympathies from all of us here in Tubag Bohol to the bereaved Matson family especially to his mother and father who brought Rob into this world and raised him.

May God bless Rob's soul.
Title: Freshman year
Post by: Lorenzo 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... :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: pioneer 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: C2H4 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.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2007, 11:53:17 AM
I love you too Ate!!!!
Thank you uy...it really means alot to me.
Title: Dealing with loss and proceeding with closure
Post by: Lorenzo on November 24, 2007, 08:21:48 AM
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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.



Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on December 01, 2007, 01:52:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dlvKlruBYc

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,,,,


Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
 Psalm 30:5
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Happy on December 01, 2007, 07:57:50 AM
Sorry about what happen to your friend dong..

May his soul rest in peace.
Title: Reply: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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..
Title: Robbo, I miss you man
Post by: Lorenzo 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?

Always,
Al

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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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.

:'(
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: hazel 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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?

 :'(
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: LanggamTamsi2 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2008, 04:14:10 PM
This is for you, my dear brother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV1k_j99qXU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV1k_j99qXU)

 :'(   :'(
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2008, 07:57:15 PM
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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.

--1 Corinthians 15.1-26,35-38,42-44a,53-end
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo 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.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on December 01, 2008, 11:57:36 PM
Life can be tragic sometimes, Dong, but as I said, let's just pray that Rob is at peace now.

He looks buotan bya to me - just like you and Bryan.  How's Rob's gf na diay, Dong?  And his parents?
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on December 02, 2008, 03:18:24 PM
His gf is doing well, I just cannot even imagine the pain she has gone through, 'te. She's a Veterinary Student. We were classmates in many of our biology courses back in Allegheny College. She is a smart, strong, and wonderful person. I hope she can get pass this.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on December 03, 2008, 06:56:21 AM
I hope and pray that too, Dong.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on January 03, 2009, 09:22:46 AM
Happy New Year, Bro.
It's 2009, Bro.

In my prayers and in my thoughts.

Best,
Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on February 15, 2009, 02:40:58 AM
I was thinking today, Rob, about that one time when we were in Walker Annex and pranked Dominic lol. I can still see Dom's face as we plastered his dorm door with all that crap and placed a little note for him, LOL. Aren't we lucky he was a good chum to just laugh about it? Instead of writing us up? hahahaha!

Crazy man. We were crazy back in freshman year weren't we? I still feel bad for your old room mate. hahahaha!

I miss you bro.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on August 08, 2009, 10:33:25 PM
Robbo, I miss you man. I was reminded today of you bro, our friends mourn you. I can't believe its been almost 2 years.

I miss you alot Robbo. Brothers forever. No matter what.

My heart grieves for you.


Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: indaymen50 on September 08, 2009, 01:00:19 AM
He  will be  missed dearly!  Just  always  remember  that  he  will always  have  a  special  place  in  your  heart!
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 09, 2009, 02:14:12 AM
I cannot hhelp but think of you today.
It is as if you are here with me again, brother.
I feel you around me, I cannot explain it.

Perhaps it is because your death anniversary is coming close.
Rob, I pray you are at peace.
Be at peace, now, Robert.

2 years have passed too fast.

2 years ago, we were talking somewhere in the cultural center.
You left too son.


Thinking of you today.
God grant you eternal peace.
Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2009, 09:15:03 AM
2 years ago, this exact time, Rob, you left us.
You left me.
You left me with a broken heart.
Eyes red with tears
A mind in confusion.

My good friend, I am touched by your memory.
I bless you, bro. Bless You.

I pray to God that wherever you are now,
you are at peace.
And are in the bosom of God's Mercy.

Robert W. Matson,
July, 1985 - November, 2007.

You are missed.
So very much.

Guide and protect me, Robert.
Watch over me, as you did in life.
I love you, Robert.
My brother...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: indaymen50 on December 04, 2009, 01:35:44 AM
You're  a  true  friend...may  he  rests  in  peace!
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on December 04, 2009, 04:04:32 AM
I loved him very much.
More than words can describe.
He was like a brother to me.

He may be gone, but he lives on in heaven,
and that heaven is in my heart.

He will always live on in the hearts of those who remember him.
And someday, hopefully, I may see him again.

In the land of Jesus' Eternal Kingdom.
Where there are no tears,
no imperfections,
no more pain,
no more sadness.

My heart no longer bleeds for him, anymore.
But it still hurts to remember his death.
So young, so handsome, so good, so beautiful a spirit.
The best of us are taken so young.

His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
To the Matson Family,....we stand by you.

And to Robbo~ you already know what I want to say.
It's a given. Watch over me, bro.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on January 01, 2010, 02:31:28 PM
January 1, 2010.

How fast time has passed, Robbo.
Happy New Years, bro.

Missing you~~


Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on February 16, 2010, 02:44:20 PM
I don't know why but today I thought of you.
You know your parents sent me an email.
I wanted to reply to them, but it hurts to think about what to say.
They are reaching out to me.
I should reach out back.
In time.


One of these days, Rob, I will have to visit your grave.
And I will lay red roses on your tomb.
And usher you a line from Percy Bysshe Shelley's "A Lament"

You think I would forget?
In our many conversations, we sat in the Blue Room by Brooks Hall.
I had a mug of coffee and you had tea.
We exchanged poetic verses.
You introduced me to the romanticism of Shelley as I introduced you to the cynicism of Whitman.
ha ha ha.

Sometimes I forget the specifics of our conversations, Robert.
We would change tangent in the heat of debate and conversation.
I guess I will never really get over your death.
Your death was too soon. Untimely. Unprepared. You caught me off guards.
You left a mental imprint in my mind, Rob.

I will forever be affected by your death.
For one minute, one hour, one day you were there.
Then the next. No more.

There are some times, my dear friend, that I would sit in my chair.
With my glass of Tempranillo. Aged 6 years.
With Sade playing.

And in some odd way expect you to come knocking and somehow start another conversation.
You know. Those many unfinished conversations we had. Put on hold.

I guess. The will be on hold forever.

I miss you my friend. I am still mourning you.

It comes and goes.



"On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -- oh, never more!
 
Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight;
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar,
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -- oh, never more!"

-P.B. Shelley
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on February 16, 2010, 02:48:56 PM
Robert. You have beaten me. lol.

I am 24, and I turn 25 this coming July 23.

You, on the other hand, will remain 22 years old. Forever.

You once said to me, "No, Al, time is the one that gets the best of all of us."

Its a double edge sword, friend. Time took you first. But you will always remain, that glimmering 22 year old optimistic idealist in our minds and in our hearts.

Cheers to that, my friend.
Cheers to that...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on June 16, 2010, 08:42:27 AM
If you tell me its been 3 years since we last talked, i would not be able to believe it, but the truth stands and it really has been almost three years. Three years ago, I was working on my junior seminar for limnology and you talked about that particular play you were taking part in. Oh i forget the name now. Truth be told, i never did go to that play that you were taking part of. Forgive me, Robert.

My good dear friend, I continue to pray for you and remember your memory. Do watch over me from time to time. I promise, one of these days, I'll visit your grave and lay a bouquet of red roses for you.

I miss you, Robbo.  :'(



Ever so much,
Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on June 16, 2010, 08:48:55 AM
Robert, i wish i could talk to you right now.
You told me once that if i ever needed someone to talk to, cry on, you said for me to always come to you.
Robert, i miss you so much because you were my close confidant in the personal matters that i had gone through.
And there are times my dearest friend and brother, that i wish i could just get your personal opinion on.
Just the way it was.

So, here i am, in this situation where i am telling you despite you never returning a word.
I talked to Ally couple of months ago, it seems that she's doing good now. A veterinary student now, and doing well.
You two were always a cute couple. She misses you, Robbo. I can tell.


I hope you dont mind if i drop by from time to time,
to post some thoughts.

Al,
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on June 17, 2010, 03:13:48 AM
I was cleaning my room today and getting things organized when i found the copy of Nascent Constellation that you gave me.
I find it funny how you always make yourself known as if to tell me that you're there.
So i'm going back to Philippines this July btw.
Yea, our plan to go together in '07 never manifested,
so i'm going back alone in '10.
I wish you could see it with me, Robbo.

Al.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on October 22, 2010, 03:59:24 PM
robert,
my friend,


why have you gone , why have you gone to the land where i cannot follow?
my heart still aches, robert, hurts to the coming realization of this finality
let me cry with you, let me embrace you again, my friend
if tears could be shed, it would, for i have cried enough, tears fallen enough

the question that remains, that continues to haunt me, is why
why?
i have missed you, our conversations, i have missed my best friend
i miss your voice, now when i need you most, you who i have divulged the feelings of the heart,
have you forsaken me?
why?

someday, robert, someday i shall visit you
and on that day, i shall carry the red boquet of roses and kneel
so that i may lay them, robert, on your grave.

i have missed you.

 :'(
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on October 22, 2010, 04:03:24 PM
If Anybody's Friend Be Dead

If anybody's friend be dead,
It 's sharpest of the theme
The thinking how they walked alive,
At such and such a time.

Their costume, of a Sunday,
Some manner of the hair, --
A prank nobody knew but them,
Lost, in the sepulchre.

How warm they were on such a day:
You almost feel the date,
So short way off it seems; and now,
They 're centuries from that.

How pleased they were at what you said;
You try to touch the smile,
And dip your fingers in the frost:
When was it, can you tell,

You asked the company to tea,
Acquaintance, just a few,
And chatted close with this grand thing
That don't remember you?

Past bows and invitations,
Past interview, and vow,
Past what ourselves can estimate, --
That makes the quick of woe!


Emily Dickinson
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on October 22, 2010, 04:26:49 PM
Life comes and goes,
even the best of us are taken before our prime.
and you are one of the 'bests'.
yes, you are, robert.

Intelligence, beauty, kind heartedness, merciful soul.

I told you once, robert, that there is no such thing as a 'final end',
death, tho filled with sting, is not the end, never is,
for when we die, there is the release of the eternity within us,
and shall be born again to renewal,

i trust, my sweet kind hearted beautiful and loving friend, that you have found that peace you so longed for.

Death is not the end,

These were taken for you, during the first days of spring...
for you...

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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 18, 2010, 03:06:47 PM
November 18, 2010.


Robert. I'm thinking of you. I talked to you this time 3 years ago. The last time I laid my eyes on you. The last time we exchanged words.
My heart aches remembering you, my dear friend. Time is supposed to heal old wounds, but your death is as fresh this time of the year.

You passed this world on the early mornings of November 19, 2007.

You are always in my prayers, Rob. I miss you and love you.

God forgive you...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 18, 2010, 03:11:28 PM
Your beautiful smile will never fade.
Your kindness will never be forgotten,
like the first rose bud to bloom in spring,
you stand out from the rest.

I miss you so much, Rob.
I love you, bro...

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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 18, 2010, 03:20:02 PM
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Matson,


Forgive me for not writing to you in person, for the tears that well in my eyes prevent me from writing in paper and pen. It has been almost 3 years since we met at Ford Chapel in Allegheny College to celebrate the life of Rob, and i presented to you that white rose as a token of mourning and of my thoughts and prayers for your family and for my good friend.

I have tried to write to you both these past 3 years, but could not gather the strength to deliver it. In fact, i wanted so bad to visit you both. It has been a wish of mine to visit Robert's grave and lay a boquet of roses for him, and recite a poem that we both discussed about (and in great length) during our tenure as collegians of Allegheny. I trust that Providence will someday take me to that route.

As i write this letter to you, i ask for your forgiveness for not being able to do this personally, and i know you will find this. Because i know that you visit this thread. Please accept my prayers, my condolences on the death of your son, my good friend.

He was too young. But , i am sure that he is at peace now.


Please accept my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Lorenzo Lucino
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 18, 2010, 03:32:56 PM
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-Emily Dickinson

The last night that she lived,
It was a common night,
Except the dying; this to us
Made nature different.

We noticed smallest things, --
Things overlooked before,
By this great light upon our minds
Italicized, as 't were.

That others could exist
While she must finish quite,
A jealousy for her arose
So nearly infinite.

We waited while she passed;
It was a narrow time,
Too jostled were our souls to speak,
At length the notice came.

She mentioned, and forgot;
Then lightly as a reed
Bent to the water, shivered scarce,
Consented, and was dead.

And we, we placed the hair,
And drew the head erect;
And then an awful leisure was,
Our faith to regulate.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on November 18, 2010, 03:36:37 PM
my first time to go through this whole thread.  i am shaken.  i am so sorry, lorenz.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 18, 2010, 03:54:45 PM
O Gentlest heart of Jesus,
ever present in the Blessed Sacrament,
ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory
have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant.
Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames,
and do Thou O merciful Saviour send the angels to conduct Robert Matson to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

Incline Thine ear, O Lord, unto our prayers,
wherein we humbly pray Thee
to show Thy mercy upon the soul of Thy servant Robert Matson, whom Thou hast commanded to pass out of this world,
that Thou wouldst place him in the region of peace and light,
and bid him be partaker with Thy Saints.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



"We have loved him during life,
let us not abandon him,
until we have conducted him by our prayers
into the house of the Lord." Saint Ambrose
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on May 18, 2011, 05:25:56 AM
Dearest Robert,

As I went for a walk today , by the windy shores of North Lake Shore Drive, I saw the trees blooming. The Japanese maples here in Northern Chicago are blossoming with colors, multiplied by the radiant sun. I pictured you there, sitting by the trees in your quintessential pose with a book on hand. I could not help but smile. Oh my sweet, gentle friend. You are sorely missed.

I wrote to your mother some months ago. She replied and it made me happy to read her written voice.

With Love,
Always,
Your Friend.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on May 18, 2011, 05:30:49 AM
Alphaville - Forever Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8RvEXAeagw#)
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: grazie7y on May 18, 2011, 06:07:57 AM
May Robert's soul rest in peace, Dong.  I still remember the day he left...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on May 18, 2011, 06:46:06 AM
May his soul rest in peace, in eternal peace in the bosom of the LORD. He who looks past our iniquities and whose mercy overfloweth.

In contemplation, I would like to share a line from the Book of Psalms (Psalm 25, verse 6-7):

... Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD....

We miss you and we love you, Robert...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on May 18, 2011, 06:53:24 AM
I still remember the day he left...

Yes, Ate Ging. I still remember it as well , and I can never forget how you were very helpful to me and to my friends in our time of grief.

The sudden loss of a good friend is life changing and creates a vacuum and emptiness. With time, as we accepted his loss, and as our hearts bore the pain, after the tears were dried, then the pain slowly departed.

However, the memory of his brightness and his goodness and positive effect in all of the lives whom he touched will be forever etched in those lives...

Thank You for being there for me in my time of grief.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 25, 2011, 12:16:17 PM
Rob, this past Saturday I just celebrated my 26th birthday. I just realized that your birthday was on the 19th, last tuesday.

Happy Birthday, Rob. I miss you and I love you, bro.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 25, 2011, 12:18:36 PM


I miss you, my dear, dear friend. It is hurtful sometimes that I cannot hear your voice or talk to you again.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2011, 12:06:58 PM
O most merciful Jesus,
Lover of souls,
I beseech Thee,
by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart,
and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother,
wash clean in the Thy Blood
the sinners of the whole world
who are to die this day.

Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt
with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy
Shepherd's care:
I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner,
who is in danger of going to Hell, to repent.
I ask this because of my trust in Thy great mercy.

If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering
this day
in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul,
then, it, too, shall please me very much,
and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus,
Shepherd and Lover of Souls;
I thank Thee for this opportunity to give mercy
in thanksgiving for all the mercies
Thou hast shown me.

Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 22, 2011, 12:08:52 PM
4 years. Has it been that long? You are gone, but not forgotten. I love you and miss you, my dearest friend. You are ever always in my prayers.

We miss you, Robert...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on November 22, 2011, 08:57:15 PM
may he find the peace he sought in god's bosom now.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 24, 2011, 02:36:31 AM
Amen.

Thank you, Isles.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on March 11, 2012, 04:21:11 PM
Beloved Robert,

I thought about you today, out of nowhere, the thought of you comes and captures my mind. I was in contact with your mother as well this week. Do you remember what you said to me this time 6 years ago? We were in the annual International Club Picnic at Woodcock Dam with the rest of the group. I can't help but smile at the jokes that you ushered, oh brother, I had a good time with you and the rest of our friends then.

It is surreal that it's been over 5 years.

Miss  you, Robbo.


Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on April 21, 2012, 01:42:32 AM
God, lover of souls, You hold dear what You have made and spare all things, for they are Yours. Look gently upon Your servant Robert, and by the Blood of the cross forgive his sins and failings. Remember the faith of those who mourn and satisfy their longing for that day when all will be made new again in Christ, our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ have Mercy
In your Name I ask and Pray
Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on April 24, 2012, 05:02:56 PM
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Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on August 14, 2012, 11:17:46 AM
dearest brother, my good friend,

i thought of you today. and i miss you.

just thought you should know...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 25, 2012, 02:17:45 PM
Rob,

I thought of you during our Thanksgiving Dinner and in my prayer for the things that I am thankful for. When I thought of the friends that have made a positive contribution to my life, I thought of you and the friendship we had in our college days. My dear, sweet, and beloved Robert, I cannot believe that you left us 5 years ago. I can still remember that fateful November , 2007 when I found out that you left us. The questions that kept on reverberating my mind ... "why? how? is this true? is this possible?"

God alone knows why you did what you did, and I trust that the mercy of God has rested on you now. I miss you, Rob. I miss your voice, I miss your laugh. I miss being around you, my friend.




Forever I shall remain,
Your Friend,
"AL"


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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 25, 2012, 02:20:46 PM
Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
the soul of Thy servant Robert Matson,
from every bond of sin,
that being raised in the glory of the resurrection,
he may be refreshed among the Saints and Elect.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on November 26, 2012, 08:35:46 AM
Eternal rest grant unto Robert Matson, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.  Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 27, 2012, 12:20:21 AM
Eternal rest grant unto Robert Matson, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.  Amen.

Thank You, Isles.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on January 19, 2013, 01:37:45 PM
Dearest Rob,

I just want you to know that I miss you, my dearest friend. Its a new year already, 2013.

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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on January 19, 2013, 01:38:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bDgdXAlW_w#ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bDgdXAlW_w#ws)
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on January 26, 2013, 11:50:07 PM
My dearest friend,

How are you? There are times when I wish I could still talk to you again, when our conversations could last all day and night with tales and vibrant discourse. Today I am going to attend a wake for a friend's mother as his mother had passed away. My friend, sernan, was feeling down this week because of his mother's terminal care -- suffering from cancer. She passed peacefully on Thursday at 4:42 pm. When sernan messaged me of his mother's passing, i felt a deep sense of sadness for him, but at the same time, i thought of you, my dear friend. It has been 6 years, my friend, since we last talked face to face. I am left writing these posts , which will never be answered again.

I pray for your mother, father, and brothers. I pray that they are doing well now. I do think of you from time to time, bro.

I came to say that I miss you, my dear friend.



Sincerely,
Always,
Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 16, 2013, 12:45:40 PM
Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister.
Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever. Amen.

My brother (sister) in faith, I entrust you to God Who created you.
May you return to the One Who formed you from the dust of this earth.
May Mary, the angels, and all the saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life.
May Christ Who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ, the Son of God, Who died for you take you into His kingdom.
May Christ, the Good Shepherd, give you a place within His flock.
May He forgive your sins and keep you among His people.
May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the sight of God forever. Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: diablo on July 17, 2013, 01:36:38 AM
Doc,

I am glad that Rob had a friend like you. Faithful unto death and beyond. Rob will always be remembered because you will always be here in tbnation, reminiscing about your friend.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 17, 2013, 04:58:02 AM
Hi Nong,

He was my best friend and beloved by all his friends and family. Life brings us beloved friends who come to our lives and make a beautiful impact to how we view things. Forever he will live in my heart. I know I will see him in heaven...

May God bless us...
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on July 18, 2013, 04:02:56 PM
may he rest in peace.  amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 18, 2013, 10:14:59 PM
Bro,

Its July 18, 2013. It's one day before your birthday, my dearest friend and brother. Tomorrow on July 19, 2013 you will turn 28 years old. As I write this and greet you I can't help the tears fill my eyes as I remember you and the beautiful soul that you had, kindness that you showed to everyone around you. I cannot help, Robert, to think of the 'could have beens'.

Its just so crazy how time has gone by since you left us, bro. It's been almost 6 years. I wish you were still here, my dearest friend, I wanted to share with you all the experiences I've had in college writing, the debates i needed your help on, haha! I wish you were there when I started medical school to laugh with me when I was studying in the wee hours of the morning. I can't help also ponder on what you have done had you not had left us so early. But I can't think like that, because everything happened according to the Book of Life. I just wish that you were still around.

This July 19, 2013, I'm going to mass for you, bro. My Birthday Wish for you, Rob, is to be in peace. I pray that you are now at peace, that your stay in Purgatory is over. And that through merciful prayers of Our Blessed Mother Mary, all the Angels and Saints and to us your family and friends, you will be granted pardon of all your sins. Please pray for me also, Rob, please pray for Allison, pray for your mother and father and your brothers.

Rob, I'm also going to celebrate my 28th birthday this coming July 23. We're getting older, dude. haha.

Just wanted to write to you and let you know that I miss you....

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I Love You,
Always,
Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on July 19, 2013, 02:57:06 PM
Happy 28th Birthday, bro! Sending my prayers for you to Heaven. May God grant you peace to your soul.


Love,
Al
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 01:54:23 PM
You left us this day 6 years ago.

Its been  6 years since I last saw you and heard you, brother. I'm thinking of you today and sending my prayers for you, prayers for your grandmother, prayers for your mother and father, prayers for your brothers, and prayers for all your loved ones who also miss you and are thinking of you.

You remain and shall always be considered like a brother to me, Rob. You are loved and you are missed.

I miss you, my beloved friend... :'(



Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 01:56:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Ep0SkOYFA#ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2Ep0SkOYFA#ws)
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 02:06:51 PM
Friend after friends departs;
Who hath not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts
That hath not here its end.


-Montgomery
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 02:17:02 PM
Lord our God, the death of Robert recalls our human condition and the brevity of our lives on earth. But for those who believe in Your love, death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that You forge in our lives. We share the faith of Your Son's disciples and the hope of the children of God. Bring the light of Christ's resurrection to this time of testing and pain as we pray for Robert and for those who love him through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on November 20, 2013, 03:04:00 PM
may the lord grant robert matson eternal rest, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  may he rest in peace.  amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 04:08:29 PM
I can hear his voice resound in my head, "Oh Al buddy, you gotta learn to not take things too seriously. You gotta learn to relax, buddy ol pal...."

in life he was always full of jokes, and sensed whenever i was being "too serious", or "stressing for nothing".

always knew when to pop a joke to lighten my soul and to make me laugh. i miss laughing with that guy. green jokes abounding.. :P
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2013, 04:16:04 PM
robert was a prolific writer, a poet , and a humanitarian. he volunteered his whole summer in 2005 -2006 to help rebuild homes after hurricane katrina demolished new orleans. i remember reading some of the poems he wrote in tribute to katrina victims. he had a big heart for people that were suffering , and to be honest, took suffering of others to a personal level. he kept on telling me how unfair this world was, especially for the innocent people that suffered.

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on November 20, 2013, 04:29:21 PM
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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on December 17, 2014, 05:55:00 AM
Bro,

Be-lated Happy Birthday. Miss you much man, sorry for forgetting your anniversary this November, yours truly was a bit busy. Advanced Merry Christmas. Keep me in your prayers as I keep you in mine.


Always,
AL

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Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on December 17, 2014, 01:25:45 PM
Remember this, bro? Reminds me of that one time when Georgi, Suvarsh, you, Jason, and I sat by Walker Annex Hall at night playing this song on that Autumn day in '04 (our freshman year). All of us sang this playing...with mingled voices (yours truly couldn't hold a tone! ha ha !) it was a good moment in time. Strange how a song played and heard on the radio can prompt us to remember such memories of yesteryear, isn't it? Ah, and such sweet memories, indeed.

The song is "Closing Time" by Semisonic.


This one is for  you, Robbo. Miss you, buddy.

Sing with me...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nD-Qa6Vvs1w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nD-Qa6Vvs1w)

Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: islander on December 18, 2014, 03:28:21 AM
eternal rest grant unto robert matson, o lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
may he rest in peace.  amen.
Title: Re: Please Pray for My Friend Robert Matson
Post by: Lorenzo on November 20, 2016, 02:19:57 AM
Belated happy birthday my brother. Remembering you today, it's been 9 years. 9 years flew, Rob. I hope you're doing okay in the other side.


Love,
with prayers,
Al.