To start the day …. Joe Catino: One year ago today!!


~~February 27, 2015~~

On year ago today, an awesome human being crossed to the other side after waging an incredible battle against an unbeatable foe. 

I chronicled the events as they unfolded when his battle began. His mother, Rose, was always there with her and I followed Joe’s “progress” through her words.


For My Joe … from Rose, his Mom

I fought for you
The hardest, it made me the strongest
So tell me your secrets

I just can’t stand to see you leaving

But heaven couldn’t wait for you
No heaven couldn’t wait for you
Heaven couldn’t wait for you

No heaven couldn’t wait for you
So go on, go home

We laughed at the darkness
So scared that we lost it
We stood on the ceilings
You showed me love was all you needed

But heaven couldn’t wait for you
No heaven couldn’t wait for you
Heaven couldn’t wait for you

No heaven couldn’t wait for you
So go on, go home

So go on, go home


~~From Rose to her Joe~~

Early in life experiences and things that were done to me left me feeling anger and distrust of men, in general.

Joseph Catino came into my life and showed me that what I learned about men wasn’t true of all men. I don’t know if I would have ever been able to grow past those feelings without Joe’s presence in my life, reminding me daily that men CAN be gentle, kind, loving, sensitive, humble …

Thank you, Joe, for being such a huge part of my life’s recovery. When you came into my life, my healing began. You and Gina Catino will forever be my guiding lights, my strength, my continued will to survive. I would not be the woman I am today without you. And when I feel low, like today, I can feel your hand on my chin … lifting my face to see the stars …. and you smile your crooked smile.

I will love and miss you eternally.


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I was writing a series of posts when I found out that my dear friend’s son had fallen ill.

The links to the story and the updates appear below.



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A beautiful spirit made the transition early morning, February 27, 2014, as a soft rain fell ever Orlando. Joe Catino, son of my friend Rose, both of them two of the sweetest, strongest and brightest souls I know, brother to Gina, beloved uncle to Leilani and to the little nephew who will never see him on this side of the Veil, but will hear earfuls of Uncle Jojo stories as he grows up, and beloved of Kawon, another beautiful and pure soul, lost his brief but ferocious battle with cancer early today.

To his very last conscious moment, he kept his sense of humor and playfulness, and reflected back on those around him the deep love that surrounded him.

Go in Beauty, Joe, just as you walked in it throughout your life.

Posted by Gringuis on February 28, 2014 10:50


~~Joseph Catino~~

~~Published on Mar 7, 2014~~

Jeanine Santiago

“I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe


We ALL are ONE!! 


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