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May today there be peace within.
THERESE of Divine Peace
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Last Epiphany found us coping with snow days in St. Louis ~ a rarity these last few years that hinted to us of things that were to come. The past year has been marked by deaths and rebirths that have left us bereft in so many ways ~ from tragic illnesses to tragic accidents to tragic pregnancies; and also the “normal” passing of a myriad of VIPs in the lives of this small church. Indeed, our lives are both emptier and richer for the experiences of death and new presence we have shared. My daughter-in-law Cheryl gave up her fight against cancer on April 9 and we celebrated her life on Tuesday of Holy Week. The Triduum that began two days later was powerfully poignant, she being my sixth close loss of the year to date. I would go on to lose another six dear ones before November. Altogether, Therese claimed 40 deaths and rebirths in this year, all of which we named and celebrated on our holy day of All Saints/All Souls.
On the first Friday of Lent we began a new community function ~ a monthly get-together dubbed as Therese First Friday, with a community sharing of food, movies or other thought-provoking activities, and discussion. These extras have added to our valued sharing of life and faith, and have led to occasional other events as well. We’ve shared trivia nights, folk concerts, lectures with Helmut Schuller and Tony Flannery, awards dinners with Roy Bourgeois and our own saints-in-residence (Jerry & Mary Wuller), and even Halloween parties.
28th ~ Christine
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