World AIDS Day: ‘Neither do I condemn you’


Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

One of the toughest things I‘ve ever done was pay several visits to someone dying of AIDS.

I was not with him in his final hours.

But I was in his company enough to witness the terror in his eyes as he was losing his battle with a disease that makes no distinction on the basis of sexuality or race.

That was a one-time experience for me - it hasn’t been repeated except in flashbacks. So I can hardly imagine the sense of loss that haunts those who have been deprived of several cherished friendships in this way. Click here to read this blog.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published in the Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2012.

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  1. Thank you, Tony Lobl. I just read the full blog posting as was in the Washington Post. An excellent article.

    I remember when in San Francisco, many years ago actually before AIDs was called AIDs and a group of this young mans friends, for which I was one, visited him in the hospital. This time period was right around or a little before the time period of "The Philadelphia Story".

    The hospital room had an interesting way with its sterile-ness. I remember saying to some one "he doesn't have to die". I remember, too, of sensing, God being there with a legion of angels. The room was light in an unexpected way, tender. With all these years that have passed I forgot about that hospital visit.

    Take good care and thanks for sharing these stories of insight and demonstration.

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