May 5, 2016: Thursday, Sixth Week of Easter

I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord;
I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice. (John 14: 18)

            Everyone grieves at one time or another during his or her life. For some, it comes sooner rather than later. Some grieve over the loss of parents; some over a spouse or a close friend. It seems that the deeper the love, the deeper one feels the separation. One of the gifts God gives us to cope with such a loss is the gift of memory. If there are no memories, there is no feeling of loss (as Dietrich Bonhoeffer says). During the loneliest moments of our lives, one has only to look at a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, or the Divine Savior on the cross. Love has a way of lessening our sorrow for He tells us daily with outstretched arms, “I love you this much.”

Sr. M. Juliana Monti, SSMO

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