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Intolerance – Our Kryptonite

A Reflection

By Tihut Tefera with commentary by Deacon Gerry Palermo

Tolerance

Faith, Unabashedly

I am a faithful Greek Orthodox Christian who is not in the habit of announcing that to all that I encounter as a way of validating my membership but rather worship privately and try my very best to live my life in keeping of the scripture.  I am also UNAPPOLOGETIC about my faith and have ZERO tolerance to those who will either try to ridicule my belief system as nothing but a cult or attempt to silence my expression of it to appease THEIR disdain for it.

Liberty of Conscience

As a fierce defender of liberty, I would picket with the best of them any day of the week to defend one’s RIGHT to not believe and to be free of any discrimination in the name of religion or any law/governing impositions as a derivative of MY religious beliefs – secularism.

Friend to All

I am an ally to all citizens of the world that chooses to live their authentic self in a way that is true to them than what is agreeable with my chosen way of being or believing.  This is not a lack of conviction but rather an introspective understanding that the vastness and wonder of the world God created for us is quite sufficient to host ALL of us to live exercising the freewill HE conferred onto us. To me this is the very tenet, the “Golden Rule” of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12. This maxim is NOT an exclusively Christian concept so where is the reciprocity from none-believers or disillusioned ones being extended in kind to the faithful ones?  Now that the framework for this article is somewhat established let me delve into my observations.

Disclaimer

Just to set the tone from the start, I am not sitting on some soapbox like someone who is above it all (i.e. the subject of intolerance to be discussed at length below). No, in fact I am painfully cognizant of the fact that when a finger points, three points back. So I am not lecturing as if am the “Master” – as contrary is true for me in that I am an eternal work in progress – but my approach here is more a call (or an invitation if you will) for reflection & for the obvious need of self-evaluation & subsequent awareness.  It is my unprofessional but rather observant diagnosis that MOST of us suffer the consequences of insufficient reflection.  These consequences are both detrimental and generational if not remedied in time.

Small Event – Big Impact

A negligible and in truth an inconsequential, i.e. on personal front, encounter on Tweeter inspired me to make this post because it is a microcosm of the human phenomenon we are and have been experiencing on a more profound & consequential way. Therefore, I feel it is worth my penny.

Intolerance – Our Kryptonite 

Though the encounter that inspired this article was an intolerance to expression of faith, my observations of prejudice is an all-encompassing of the many facets of our lives. We are incredibly and almost startlingly INTOLERANT of one another.  We are so entrenched and dangerously encapsulated in our way of thinking, believing & being bubble that anything remotely different becomes almost an existential threat that is poised to POP our protective bubble into nothingness.

Primal Fear – A Root

This primal fear & paranoia; born almost exclusively out of intolerance, is leading us into the madness we see spilt on to the streets, in our work place/market, schools, place of worship or non-worship, politics (election, SCOTUS hearing, policies, governing) etcetera. It is in effect driving us into the abyss! We cannot seem to stand or have respect for those who think differently than us, love differently than us, worship differently than us, or not worship at all and live differently than us. YET we beat our chest in a feigned “social activism” for “Equality and Justice” and fancy ourselves to be among the #WOKE.  

Superiority – A Menagerie

We regard ourselves as being enlightened and among the “elite” and looked down on others that differ from us because we have fancy titles that validates for us of our presumed “superiority”. Our unfortunate historical precedents have given us false notion of our “supremacy” so we climb over those less privileged without so much us a pause to consider what it means to walk in their shoes.  YET all the while, we scream for “UNITY” while we are as divided as we have ever been.  YET we want and demand change and say “VOTE for the change you want to see” every four-year election cycle while we remain STUCK in our ways of INTOLERANCE.   While it is a catchy slogan that fits nicely in a bumper sticker, how many of us are we doing the real substantive work that embodies and supports the passion behind these catch phrases in a more significant & meaningful way?

We Are the Change We Want To See

Well here is the hard reality of it, WE ARE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE.

No single elected official, party or governing body is going to magically make the world fairer and more just.  It is the collective US.  It is in how we treat our neighbors & strangers; it is in how we raise and teach our kids to treat their neighbors & strangers.  It is in the moral values, beliefs & principles we hold dear that forms & informs and ultimately is responsible for how we interact with one another, how we live with one another. 

The Fruit of Introspection

So, to me the ONUS & WORK IS ON US.

BUT we cannot begin to work on that which we have yet to acknowledge its omnipresence. We MUST first sufficiently CONFRONT and REFLECT on our acquired & learned intolerant behaviors in order to shift to our awareness of moral truth that both demands & deserves our understanding & acceptance of the inherent good in almost all humans NO MATTER OUR DIFFERENCES. To ignore this essential work would be to perpetuate the very misgivings we decry about and it will be a perilous journey that ultimately puts us at risk of rejecting our very humanity. I am as guilty as anyone of all accounts stated above, perhaps the difference is I have long begun the inward look a while ago, though I continue to stumble & tumble…the journey is on a continuum.  What if you??? I hope the answer is to either begin anew the wonderous journey of sufficient reflection or to continue its exploration to its fulfillment. Our HUMANITY depends on it.

End of Reflection.

Commentary by Deacon Gerry

I am so grateful to Mrs. Tefera for her thoughtful reflection and willingness to expand her reach beyond the immediate of her Twitter community. It isn’t our first go at navigating differences of opinion, the Great Schism of 1054 notwithstanding, so her words have the power of conviction.

Rejecting the Christian Message of Old

It isn’t the first time. In the beginning of the faith tradition was not warmly received by some. How many of these still exist?

  • Atheists – (no imperial worship)
  • Incest – (misuse of Brothers and Sisters)
  • Cannibals – eat the Eucharistic bread/wine
  • Pretentious poor! (social class uprising)
  • Bad Citizens (no military service), rejection of Emperor Worship
  • Unreasonable (you guys are nuts)

Modern Rejection of the Christian Message

  • Enlightenment arguments – traditional (reason, individualism, and skepticism)
  • Enlightenment arguments – modern (liberty, human rights, faith in scientific reason, secularism, and the freedom of public debate)

Cross Currents

All participants in the public space find themselves with reflection to the contradictions of their own arguments.

  • The arguments of reason can be unreasonable.
  • The arguments of morality can be a trap.
  • The arguments of liberty / human rights can be itself self-contradictory.
  • Secularism and freedom of public debate clash at times.

Reflection is Key

I think Mrs. Tefera is right to point out that it is in reflection that we find our answers.

Co-existence and Tolerance as working frameworks are being redefined. What do these words mean by definition and what do these principles mean in practice?

Are we forever stuck in a tribal view of history and destiny?

At the same time have we completely discounted the wisdom of the ages as irrelevant in the digital age?

Fraternity of Adam

However we came to be, do we not have a fraternity of Adam, the first to know of himself?

What should that fraternity include? What is permissible to exclude?

  • Noahide Law suggests some baselines.
  • Greek philosophers suggest another set of guidelines.

Are we free to abandon any concepts of moral baseline? No, pray God, no.

Fraternity of Christians

From the first of those at Antioch to be known as Christians, have there not been a constant struggle on the definition and implementation of the dogma and the praxis of faith?

What should that fraternity include? What is permissible to exclude?

Forbearance

In either of these spheres of thought (Adam and Christian) forbearance is critical. Yet it is a beginning.

Forbearance presupposes my answer is right and I am to patiently await your awakening.

Eek.

Seeking Truth in Imperfection

Pope Francis is proposing that we being a new chapter of seeking truth from each any every expression of truth. But to do so requires we make the journey together. Somehow I must and you must be able to hear the deepest meaning of the opinions and feelings of the other before we can have a governing praxis that is filled with peace – a functional peace not based on conquest of thought.

Profess

For myself, you know but I state for clarity. I profess Christ crucified and resurrected. I try to live the Beatitudes. I adhere to the Creed as profession of faith. My demands are on myself and those of my tradition. In the public space I want only to have the right speak and live out my profession. I want to not be forced to live out conditions laid out by the State as anathema to me. My obligation to you is not to create artificial conditions of accepting me and my way of life. My obligations is to accept you as you are and not impose anymore observations and conditions that violate our fraternity of Adam.

I invite you (the reader) to the Fraternity of Christians as observer or convert, either way. And even there the battle continues for definition so there is no simplistic answer.

Saint Augustine in his Confessions, Book One, Early Years: Hating Greek and Loving Latin.

[The truth is] that free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free-ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under your laws, God. By your laws we are disciplined, from the canes of schoolmasters to the ordeals of martyrs. Your laws have the power to temper bitter experiences in a constructive way, recalling us to yourself from the pestilential life of easy comforts which have taken us away from you.

Discipline

  • To listen.
  • To learn.
  • To share.
  • To debate.
  • To accept.
  • To decide.
  • To adhere.

Peace

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

  • The peace of the world is domination. I do not want to dominate you.
  • The peace of the world is coercion. I do not want to coerce you.

I do ask you to see the way of the Beatitudes as an invitation to journey together. But if you make me choose. I choose martyrdom.

End of commentary.

Our Treasure

Our Treasure

Greetings on this the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: IS 45:1, 4-6; PS 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10; 1 THES 1:1-5B; MT 22:15-21

Special Notes: This 29th Sunday in Ordinary time homily is given at the Vigil Mass Saturday the 17th October.

  1. Today (during the morning Mass) was the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr.
  2. Sunday is also the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist.
  3. We will be doing an exceptional circumstance Adult Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) during the Mass.

These three special circumstances bring additional depth to the Holy Mass today.

Saints Lawrence and Ignatius are remembered by Saint Cyprian in a letter to his clergy about 258 CE about the same time his own martyrdom was about to occur.

He said,

Lawrence and Ignatius, though they fought betimes in worldly camps, were true and spiritual soldiers of God; and while they laid the devil on his back with their confession of Christ, they merited the palms and crowns of the Lord by their illustrious passion. We always offer sacrifices for them, as you will recall, as often as we celebrate the passions of the martyrs by commemorating their anniversary day.

Saint Lawrence and the Treasure of the Church

The persecutions of Emperor Valerian were in full swing and Deacon Lawrence was ordered to hand over the Church’s treasure.

When Lawrence appeared before the officials they were puzzled to see a crowd of poor people with him.

When asked where the treasures were which he had promised, he pointed to the poor, saying,

‘These are the treasure of the Church.’

Pope Sixtus II, Lawrence and six other deacons were martyred for the treasure of the Church.

Cyrus – Unwitting Collaborator

King Cyrus was an unwitting collaborator with the divine will. Isaiah tells us the Lord used Cyrus for the release of exiled Israelites and the restoration of Jerusalem.

King Cyrus, for his part, documented on a published cylinder in 538 BCE his successes to Marduk, the god of Babylon but really to himself by way of a nod to something else.

It is always easy to attribute success to our own work. It is always customary to attribute to the deity whom you worship, even if mistakenly so.

Supernatural Horizon

We hold a supernatural horizon. That is to say we think less in terms of the current situation as a reflection of purposes and intentions of the Lord.

We have successes and failures. We have joys and sorrows.

But for us our time horizon is in the proclamation of the truth that is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the source and summit of our hopes and experiences. He and The Way are the yardstick by which we measure our own fate in this life and the life to come.

Jesus came to liberate us. Coincidentally, the Gospel of Luke speaks in similar terms.

The theme of the gospel of Luke contains the eschatological reversal of fortunes by not our own strength by by the will of God.

  • He has mercy on those who fear him.
  • He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
  • He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
  • He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

In all these reversals we look to Jesus who takes us beyond these gifts and brings us to eternal life.

Work of Faith and Labor of Love

Saint Paul speaks to us and encourages us to continue our journey by works of faith and labor in love of the Lord and one another.

For the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus was not merely happy words but with the power of the Holy Spirit, hard word and conviction of our souls.

Caesar or God

The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus.

Between the distaste of giving treasure and money to the Romans the Pharisees also gathered the Herodians as a temporary ally to complain as well. The Herodians were the temporal rulers of the day. The Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day. Everyone with power wanted to challenge Jesus regarding the superior power of the Romans.

But Jesus knowing the will of God wasn’t interested in this power play. This struggle for the last inch of influence and domination however one can grab it.

Give them their money. Give God what belongs to him. Give up power as the world knows it.

The Early Church

Within 80 years of the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence the Christian religion was finally made legal and shortly after made the religion of the Roman Empire.

Why did the Church grow so quickly even during persecution?

It is because how the women were treated. The words of Jesus are powerful yes of course! And in the power of the Holy Spirit, hard word and conviction of our souls as to right relation with the women (so severely treated in these times) won the day. Women seeing men converting to Christianity and seeing a new way of life which included respect for women, and protection for their children.

Yes, before then in the pagan areas of Europe the children of women were little more than property. Women little more than slaves.

But in the Christian community women were cherished and given their dignity. Who would you marry?

Even today still women aspire to marriage and family life. But where are the Christian men?

Troubled Times Troubled Ways

Trust the Lord to navigate us through these troubled times. And in that help work, work hard for the eschatological reversal we are given to bring about.

In all our social justice we keep the supernatural horizon in mind. This is our strength, not money. The person of Jesus. The promise of salvation.

Not programs, Not Laws, Not politics.

The horizon that comes from the Lord.

Let us now Baptize Francis… for he has set his eyes as well on the supernatural hope of Jesus.

(upload photos later).

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Right of Conquest

Today is Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

European Explorers
Native Americans

Yesterday was a day of mixed celebrations. Two traditions at odds with one another. Columbus Day is a national holiday is the USA celebrated on the second Monday of October. On the same day Indigenous Peoples’ Day which is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.

Some are hysterical mad. Literally hysterical in their defense of Christopher Columbus. They choose only to remember the positive aspects of the exploration of trade routes which morphed into a conquest of an entire continent.

Since I am of European origins I certainly would prefer to remember only the most positive of accounts of my forefathers and their discoveries. I especially like the versions I was taught as an Elementary and Middle School student. I tolerated the High School version. Then, when of age, I was taught the more accurate version in College and beyond. Eyes wide open.

Some it would seem we want only the first accounts to be the only accounts. As difficult as it might be we cannot stay in such a vacuous bubble. While addition and subtraction are essential math concepts it isn’t long before we were obliged to master multiplication and division and still further math and logical concepts that, while informative in the first effect, have the ultimate effects of re-forming and improving our understanding of life and truth.

It is a imperative we continue to grow and expand our understanding of truth. We may get it wrong from time to time but we are not flies in amber – we must move and change and live! The gospel message must be reapplied again and again to the current state of life and respond to the Sign of the Times (Pope John XXIII in the Bull Humanae salutis).

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery (GAL 5:1-6). The direct reference is to the insistence of performing and receiving circumcision. Instead we need to grow – but not law rather only faith working through love.

Myth and sanitized stories are OK of themselves. Yes, we must always find the virtue in our ancestral Other and try to remember the best of them. In the same way the memory of sin, of plotting the wrong course, remains even after forgiveness! Why? Because the memory of sin is the forewarning of the future. We have done and but for the grace of memory will do again.

We must break out of this awful habit. Now to be sure, it takes effort to create a retelling that can incorporate the truth from multiple perspectives. Very painful at times. Extremely painful if you love your forefathers but recognize the unintended and nefariously intended consequences and actions.

But it is a journey we must take with openness and honesty. Accounting for the disparate viewpoints which will include an accumulated sense of disenfranchisement, disrespect and subjugation. How can one say ‘Sorry’ without knowing the harm inflicted at some reasonable level of detail?

Returning specifically to the gospel today and relating it to the Right of Conquest and the education of our young to believe a half-truth permanently – a state of perpetual mythology.

Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?

But Jesus provides for a balm that heals the victim and the perpetrator.

But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

National Reconciliation must include that which is ‘within’ – a changed heart and ‘wthout’ the Alms of reparation.

Blessings!

Deacon Gerry

Casual Love

Casual Love

Greetings on this the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: IS 25:6-10A; PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20; MT 22:1-14

Final Things

No doubt you were taught the Four Final Things which are:

  • Death
  • Judgment
  • Heaven
  • Hell

Even if you weren’t taught them in the natural order of things and intelligibility we have a primal sense of the facts:

  • Our mortality (we die), and
  • that we have authentic and true judgment of our actions in life, and
  • that the consequences of our actions are either:
    • Peaceful (Heaven) or
    • Negatively impactful (Hell).

Divine Love

The Divine Love in the gospel parable today is given a marriage motif. The Father, delighted at his Son’s marriage invites all to the feast.

Some ignored the invitation and tended to either farm or business.

Still others reject the invitation out of malice for the Father and the Son.

It isn’t if they don’t know the Father. They know Him. They are simply casual about Him.

They actively reject the invitation of Divine Love. They reject the idea that there is a judgment and/or consequences for their actions.

Finally, the others are invited as well. Some good. Some bad. All invited.

Marriage

Maybe these days the idea of marital love being special seem to some to be a weak argument!

But taken by its intended meaning the marital love is an lifelong, all encompassing, all enduring, love that places the needs of the bride above that of the groom.

Family

Marriage is the making of and accepting of the family.

The center of married life is the family – those before us and after us. As well as those who are near and those who are far either in distance or in sentiment. We are to journey with the family from here to there. From birth to death.

Pope Francis Encyclical

In Fraternity and Social Friendship the Pope urges us to think broadly as to who is a member of our family. To think more deeply as to the responsibility we have for one another. To consider our relativistic tendencies to judge rather than journey with each other. He expresses the disappointment at the failure to transcend a simplistic view of the Commandments and the purposefully ignoring the Beatitudes Jesus taught quoting: without charity, strictly speaking do not fulfil the commandments “the way God wants them to be fulfilled (FT, 91).

Marriage

And in a way that transcends basics of ordinary human marriage we can derive the fact that Jesus has married each of us. And some do not want that divine marriage.

Baptism

In the ordinary sense Baptism is the time when we receive our wedding garments. We are to keep them unstained for the wedding feast. There can be no question that the moral life is a core part of living out that commandment.

Come to the Banquet of the Lord

Feast.

Be a bride who is loved, cherished and honored by the Groom who is the Son of the Eternal Father.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Planting

Planting

Greetings on this the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: IS 5:1-7; PS 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20; PHIL 4:6-9; MT 21:33-43

Corn, Beans and Squash

Note: This homily will be preached at the 7:30 AM Mass, Sunday, October 4th, 2020.

Three Crops

The Iroquois legend of the three plants is an interesting story.

This ancient practice prescribes a particular way to plant these crops in pattern of a tight formation.

You first plant the corn. Once the corn raises to about 4 inches above the soil you then plan the beans and squash in alternating points within a circle around the corn stalk.

The corn provides a climbing ladder for the bean vine. The squash provides protection from insect/animal pests and leaves shade upon the mound and holding moisture in the soil for the corn and beans.

Each planted according to the proper time. Each providing an essential component for a bountiful harvest.

All one need do is watch over the crops from the watchtower and keep the crop safe from thieves and large animals.

Singing Dirge

In our first reading today the psalmist sings the divine dirge of the destruction of his vineyard.

A song. He sings a song. It is an ancient practice to put the unspeakable into song so it can be spoken without the worst edges.

He recounts the poor condition of the crop and the wildness of the fruits.

How can this be since the vine master so carefully planted and created such a perfect environment?

The people of Judah are his cherished plants (corn, beans and squash).

Moses was the corn who brought the law upon which the beans (the people) grew leaning upon the stalk. The prophets were the squash who provided protection for the beans.

But all of it ruined.

The Lord looked for right judgment, but instead bloodshed!

The Lord looked for justice, but the outcry of the people reached the heavens.

Nowhere to be found

The gospel reading today speaks to the disbelief and greed of the tenants who had responsibility of the vineyard.

They do not expect the owner to return. When the owner’s son comes to gather the produce, they decide to kill him so as to acquire his inheritance. If a Jewish proselyte dies without an heir, the tenants will have final claim to the property. Of course murder is not a valid reason.

Doubting God

Jesus makes clear that although those who are ruining the vineyard and who will ultimately kill him, they are not in control. Their goals are not attainable. The vineyard will be assigned to a new set of tenants who will be loyal to the master. They will meet the violent end in similar way to those they abused. The vineyard has been given to us. We are members of the body of Christ would enlivens and illuminates us.

Tending A Garden

We are the new vineyard tenants. We are obliged to follow right judgement and act with justice.

 The corn (Beatitudes), the beans (Church) and the squash (Canon) must be arranged properly and in the proper times/proportions.

We must be especially careful to balance the law as to be a supporting structure not an oppressive structure and the squash as to be a protective structure not a smothering structure.

Decide well.

The stone that has become the corner stone.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Grief Burst

They happen.

Bereavement is not a linear experience. It ebbs and flows. Usually it follows a declining slope with occasional spikes.

It started with a dream. Searching for her room to room. Calling out her name asking, “Where are you?”

She’s not there. She’s not here. My intellect knows. My heart springs tears.

Each room was empty. There was nothing. The rooms were dark, unadorned. Nothing to indicate she even was ever there.

A grief burst.

After morning coffee I take the high level inventory. Am I sleeping and eating? Am I dehydrated? Do I have symptoms of depression or delibrate isolation? Am I getting enough exercise?

None of those are out of range.

Sometimes it is a day, date, or time of year association. What happened on October 1st, early Fall, in the past?

Possibly. Fall (September to December) has always been a special time. I am not drawn to either a sad or joyful story. No, not timing.

Physical activity has a very positive effect on the body and essential body chemistry. Time for a walk.

Off to the beach. The walk is from Gulfstream Park yo Boynton Beach Inlet and back. About six miles plus round trip. Some soft sand but thankfully mostly low tide firm sand.

On the walk I consider allowing any story to come to mind. Sad, happy, joyful, any story that would explain the grief burst.

Boynton Beach Inlet in far distance.

Story telling is an amazing curative medicine. Even with none to listen it is an important process.

There are three major types. Sad, joyful and near-death. Near-death story comes to mind but only in a cursory way. This is not the source point.

The beach is beautiful. On low tide lots of fish caught in the tidal eddies. Lots of gulls, terns at the ready as the shore sand traps get shallower.

Calm Seas

No impact. I turn instead to scripture. Today’s reading includes Jobs famous declaration, “My Vindicator lives!”

Job is the highest interior example of the suffering of the innocent. Other suffered, yes. But we have his thoughts and the thoughts of his friends.

Innocent as he was he placed his trust in his vindicator, also translated Redeemer.

Trust in the essential. The rest is drama.

Pier in the far distance

It is true, she is gone but I trust the Vindicator.

I feel a little better now so I continue.

I recall the story of creation. Not hard to do walking along side the Atlantic Ocean. Each time, each “day”, the Lord declares, “It was good”. Everything, everyone contains the good of the Eternal. We are not alone.

Even the Noah story speaks how the Lord will have compassion on “all mortal things”. Bait fish jumping crazy as predator fish chomp after them.

I love science. All of it. As I walk today, I think about all these new scientific discoveries. Every category of science brims with discovery!

Onshore winds hold back offshore thunderstorms as I walk

I can’t wait to travel the Universe in the next life. And even now watch humanity yearn forward to travel the Universe in this life!

It is so comforting to see nature and engage the natural world.

My walk is done. Tired. The grief has abated but not gone. That’s OK.

It was a grief burst. It doesn’t need an explanation. It just is.

I miss her. I love her. But she is one with the Vindicator, dancing among the vastness of the Universe.

Off to eat something healthy.

Bereavement is something we experience. We don’t need to suppress it. We use the major categorical approaches.

1. Self care.

2. Story Telling.

3. Embracing the eternal as our tradition allows.

I hope this blog entry of my grief burst helps you too.

All the best,

Deacon Gerry