Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Augustine Theseira’s final farewell

Augustine Theseira – A final tribute

Augustine Theseira 1944 - 2018

One of the most painful things in life is when someone close to you in your heart, one who loves and cares for you, suddenly passes away. The passing of Bro Augustine inflicts that feeling of sorrow, not only in the hearts of his loved ones but also in the hearts many of us gathered here to bid him his final farewell.
My dear friends I got to know the late bro. Augustine or Augi as we fondly called him, for the last 15 years as members of our BEC and for the last 10 years I got to know him more closely as a friend, a doctor and a comrade in serving the poor and needy in our midst. I was called to attend to him for his medical problems on 3 occasions over the last 5-6 years and each time I was able to send in time to the hospital where recovered but this time God insisted he wanted him and so we are gathered here to send him to where belongs, the house of God.
We are sending him off with mixed feelings, sad as we will miss his company and happy as he will be with his Creator in heaven.
During the time I knew him I would describe Augustine as a man of gratitude, a loyal friend and a truly obedient servant of God and his church. He never forgot those who helped him when he was down and goes out of his way to repay his gratitude in whatever small ways he can. He is a loyal friend who never deserts you when you are of little use to him. He has unshakable faith in God and always obedient to the laws of the church till the very end.
As a friend he always shows his concern for me and my family. He calls me regularly and never fails to visit me and my family regularly.in particular during festivities to personally send his greetings to me and my wife. He never fails to enquire about my children wherever and whenever he meets me or my wife. He was eagerly waiting my sons to complete their houseman ship but unfortunately he had to go just before they finish.
With the passing of Augustine my wife and I have lost a good and caring friend, we will miss his well wishes and prayers for our good health and well being.
We convey our heartfelt condolence to his wife, Josephine who will find life tough and lonely without him by her side. We ask God to grant her strength and courage to move on. We offer our sympathies to his daughter Sharon and son Rodney who for the loss of a wonderful and beloved father. Although he may be gone but I am sure he will continue to live in their hearts till the end as they continue to carry on with his legacy.
We ask God to grant him eternal rest and may his soul rest in peace

            Sharing here for the last time Augustine's Favorite  prayer

  Mother Teresa’s Prayer

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create any way.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.