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January 2011 – Soul Biz

In memory of my dear friend and student  Faith D’Amico – May 23, 1952 – Sept. 12, 2010

What is a Saint?

“A little child on a summer morning stood in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France.
The sunlight streamed through the beautiful stained glass window and the figures in them of the servants of God were bright with brilliant color.  A little later the question was asked, ‘What is a Saint?’  and the child replied,
‘A Saint is a person who let’s the light shine through.’”

Faith Anne D’Amico, 58, a talented artist, photographer and poet, and generous, loving and kind wife and mother, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in her home. Faith was born May 23, 1952, to Dr. John T. and Ruth Mallams in Houston. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before settling in Venice, Faith traveled extensively and lived in the Caribbean and England. Faith was also an adept photographer and a lover of all arts, attending the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and earning a fine arts degree from the Ringling School of Art and Design later in life. Faith is survived by her husband, Dr. Joseph D’Amico; two sons, Brian J. D’Amico and Christopher M. D’Amico; and a grandson, Samuel J. D’Amico. Faith is also survived by her two brothers, Drs. David J. and John H. Mallams; and many other relatives and loved ones who will miss her dearly.  Memorial contributions may be made in Faith’s name to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research, to help celebrate her love, her life and her faith. Visit

For Faith: Poems from her favorite Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926) Bohemian–Austrian poet and art critic.

The Wisdom of Rilke by Urich Baer
Forward… “Do not believe that the person who is trying to offer you solace lives his life effortlessly among the simple and quiet words that might occasionally comfort you. His life is filled with much hardship and sadness, and it remains far behind yours. But if it were otherwise, he would have never found these words.”

Another Rilke’s poem
( I am, O Anxious One. Don’t you hear my voice)
I am, O Anxious One. Don’t you hear my voice
surging forth with all my earthly feelings?
They yearn so high that they have sprouted wings
and whitely fly in circles around your face
My soul dressed in silence, rises up
and stands alone before you: can’t you see?
Don’t you know that my prayer is growing ripe
upon your vision, as upon a tree?

If you are a dreamer, I am what you dream.
But when you want to wake, I am your wish
and I grow strong with all magnificence
and turn myself into a star’s vast silence
above the strange and distant city, Time.

And Another….
( I find you , Lord, in all things and in all)
I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all
my fellow creatures, pulsating with your life
as a tiny seed you sleep in what is small
and in the vast you vastly yield yourself.

The wond’rous game that power plays with Things
is to move in such submission through the world;
groping in roots and growing thick in trunks
and in treetops like a rising from the dead.

Escaping into artwork is more time with God.
It is there that I think, “this brush stroke for God…and this…and this…”
At the end of a painting day, I realize I’ve spent the day with God.
The next day comes and when I am busy elsewhere I miss the painting,
but only because I miss God and our private time together.
And so I look for more time with God…so we shop together,
we cook together, we swim together, we walk together,
we breath together…

OM Braida

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that
experience can instill in us.”

Hal Borland

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.”

Edgar Guest

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

G.K. Chesterton

6 Responses to “January 2011 – Soul Biz”

  1. I was touched by the poetry. So I copied and sent on to some artists friends.


  2. joan p says:

    So enlightening – “a Saint is a person who lets the light shine through.” Thank you for sharing these thoughts…

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