Freedom Of Speech

Hitch has a beautiful essay on losing his voice and the power of the spoken word.

Update: during the JP II beatification vigil celebration, someone I can't recall --Joaquin Navarro-Valls or Cardinal Dsiwisz or someone like that recalled the late Pope's last Audience, when he tried desperately to speak and couldn't. Apparently the pope told those close to him then that if he couldn't speak it might be better for him to die. It came to mind as I was reading the Hitchens piece that it would be good for those so inclined to ask for JP II's intercession for Hitchens.