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We are Pilgrims (notes for grief retreat)

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markdohle

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We are Pilgrims
(notes for grief retreat this weekend)

One day we will find ourselves in a deep dark woods, along and bereft.  

One of the hardest lessons to get is that one of the central aspects of being human is that we are in fact pilgrims.  We are on a journey, a very difficult one with many painful as well as joyful experiences along the way.  We gain and we lose, we rejoice and we experience sorrow, health and sickness, we lose our youth, all of these can bring us to a point of inner crisis and sorrow in our lives.

The loss of naivety

We can have a sort of innocence or a better term naivety about life, for a time we can ignore the fact that our time is very, very short.  This is not pleasant so it can be hidden from conscious awareness until ‘something’ happens that will send that illusion crashing too the floor.  That ‘something’ is the death of a loved one, or a change in life so extreme that what comes after is different. The deeper the loss the more extreme the effect, which causes grief, perhaps one of the most common experiences for humanity…..

Waking up

This struggle brings us back to ourselves, it is a sort of ‘waking up’, though the experience can seem to have a dream like aspect to it.  Yet how we live from one day to another can be the actual dream.  

Many types of grief but the same root

So there are many losses in our lives, as well as gains.  How we deal with this unrelenting aspect of our lives will dictate what we gain.  We are called in our struggles and sorrows to become more aware of our lives, to learn to embrace the transitory aspect of ‘things’ and to allow our faith to deepen that journey into deeper reality.  Something that is often put down on ones list of priorities, which I find somewhat intriguing, since we don’t have an unlimited supply of days to live our lives….it can be frightening for some to think about.

The Easy way

The easiest answer is not always the best one.  We can react, which is a choice, we can feel bitter, angry and in the end despair, or we can choose to go deeper and to seek joy, and meaning in this often confusing life that we find ourselves in.

So there are many losses in our lives, as well as gains.  How we deal with this unrelenting aspect of our lives will dictate what we gain.  We are called in our struggles and sorrows to become more aware of our lives, to learn to embrace the transitory aspect of ‘things’ and to allow our faith to deepen in that journey into deeper reality.  Something that is often put down on ones list of priorities, which I find somewhat intriguing, since we don’t have an unlimited supply of days to live our lives…it can be frightening for some to think about.--Br.MD

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Thank you Mark, I needed this today. I need a hip replacement so I am not able to get around very well these days.  I had an appointment with the surgeon who did my other hip and my knees but our insurance just dropped 200 Dr.s in our county and he was one of them.  So when I get home from Ct. in a few weeks I have to find a new Dr. and wait 2 months for an appointment because there are a lot of bad joints in FL. LOL

So in view of this scenario I received a call this week from the director of our RCIA process (I was her co-director).  Our pastor had her call me to see if I woud take over the RCIA so that the present director could take over the Youth and Family program.  

Ok, so I am thinking how can I do this?  I am 70 years old with bad joints... After spending the wee hours of the morning debating with the Lord I finally realized what I already knew in my heart, that if God calls me he will help me.  All along he has been calling "old people" to do his will.  Sooo I said yes.  Pray for me please.

God Bless, 

Geri

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A powerful wittness to the power of faith and the grace of God, thank you my friend for sharing so deeply.

 

Peace
mark

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As a 74 year old returning Catholic from 1962, I appreciate your dedication in taking over this new assignment . The Church today is so very different from more than 50+years past. I have been on a mission of my town to encourage the mewcomers in my retirement community "Give it try" by inviting them to one of our Church Socials so they mingle with their Catholic neighbors. Jubilee is coming up!

 

 

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17 hours ago, Margaret Buck said:

As a 74 year old returning Catholic from 1962, I appreciate your dedication in taking over this new assignment . The Church today is so very different from more than 50+years past. I have been on a mission of my town to encourage the mewcomers in my retirement community "Give it try" by inviting them to one of our Church Socials so they mingle with their Catholic neighbors. Jubilee is coming up!

 

 

This sounds wonderful, God bless you.

Peace
Mark

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