Course in Miracles Society

In Loving Remembrance

by Rev Tony Ponticello
Rev. Larry Bedini made his transition on Monday May 10, 2010 in his home at about 9:30 p.m. He had spent the day surrounded by loving friends
who were his extended family.
Rev. Larry is especially known for his prominent presence at three large international ACIM conferences held in San Francisco (2000, 2007 & 2009). He is also known for being the voice of  a distinctive recording of the A Course In Miracles Original Edition. Locally he is known for hosted holiday parties in his home that was so elaborately decorated that it defies description here.Rev. Larry has lived for years with his partner Tom Elliott. (pictured below) Tom is to be commended for his truly heroic and dedicated care for Rev. Larry during these last seven months of his body’s illness. It is an inspiration to all of us as to what is possible
when there is true love and devotion.Myself (Rev. Tony) will always remember a 27 year relationship with a dedicated partner and outstanding friend. We were both Italians and related to each as Italians will. We teased each other a lot and we sometimes fought, but we never felt once, in those 27 years,
that we didn’t deeply love each other.

So I give my partner a kiss good-bye. I will not say that I will miss him because life is full and I try not to miss people. I WILL say that I will always think of him very, very, fondly in my heart and mind. “Good-bye” to Rev. Larry’s body.
“Hello” to his eternal spirit.

I told him recently I knew that he would soon be helping us
from the other side.

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We offer this poem from Helen Schucman
[scribe of A Course in Miracles]
in Loving Remembrance
of Larry Bedini
I did not die. In rising up I did
But stay the same. Eternity had come
To claim its own from the embrace of time
And bitter kiss of death. I but came home
After a journey so diminutive
That Heaven never noticed it began
Nor ended. Unencumbered, changelessly,
The Christ united with the Son of man,
And what belonged to God returned to Him.
Think not the Holy Spirit waits for death
To offer you the gifts God gave to Him,
Or Heaven rests upon a failing breath.
I did not die. Appearance of hate
Enveloped Me. Illusions veiled My eyes
And stopped My heart. Earth’s dream closed over Me,
And that was all. The Son of God must rise
Above all dreams of fear. Would God allow
The Son who is like Him to separate
From life that is Himself? His Comforter
Came down to lift Me up with His great
And silent wings. The peace of God unbound
My hands and feet. For who can stop the Heart
of God Himself, or veil the eyes that watch
His Son in mercy, or make Him depart
From what is but Himself?
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