Words are difficult at this time. When I saw the news of the crash in Smolensk on TV it was with profound sadness. Though I live halfway across the world, at that moment i thought of my Polish friends whom I first met in Taize in the summer of 1988. I though of their loss just a week after Easter. And the mourning, I mourned with them too for the tragic plane crash. Then on Tuesday 27th I opened my maibox to see messages from friends telling me about the passing of a dear friend – Mariusz. I was shocked. Today as i read about Mariusz i remember the quiet unassuming, gentle figure who always had a smile and never forgot to greet the young people who would be busy or just spending time around the favourite yellow house in Taize. He would always talk to us and ask us how we are doing and if everything was ok for the young intercontinentals who came from so far away.
Mariusz though years have passed, your warm, caring smile is the same. Thank you for touching our lives. You have achieved so much while here on earth. Rest in peace dear friend. My deepest condolence to the family and loved ones of Mariusz Handzlik.