My husband died 4.5 years ago. There is something so brutal and fundamental about the loss of a loved one. I was speaking to a friend the other day who had just lost his dad, another who was mourning the loss of an unborn child. As we are all limited to some number of years here on this earth, so we are all going to mourn someone who has left it. It’s one of the things that I know for sure. Christ himself mourned.
I also know that we all mourn differently. There are hundreds of books out there, and although I have survived the loss of my husband, my parents, a grandchild, I am no expert. I am just taking steps, one day at a time, one stumble at a time. I pick myself up and go again.
September 15 is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of the Passionist Fathers. In honor of Our Lady’s mourning, her grief, we gather together tonight, September 17th at Holy Name. We gather, those who ache, and stumble, those who fall and get back up.
If this is part of your story, please come. There are no meals, and no reservations. Just a gathering, a talk and a mass to follow. Know that you are not alone. Know that you aren’t doing it wrong. Know that you are welcome here. 6pm gather in Overman Hall, finish with 7:15pm mass.
For more information go to our website, www.holynameretreatcenter.com