Even When God Is Silent   Leave a comment

 

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when feeling it not.
I believe in God even when God is silent.

(Holocaust Cantata – Arranged by Donald McCullough)

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Posted February 10, 2018 by ouidaofs in God, Holocaust, Jewish People

Verdi Requiem   Leave a comment

 

Fritz Reiner, Conductor, with Price, Bjoerling, Elias, Tozzi
and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Posted February 10, 2018 by ouidaofs in Holocaust, Mass, Music

Grief   Leave a comment

by Gwen Flowers

I had my own notion of grief.
I thought it was the sad time
That followed the death of someone you love.
And you had to push through it
To get to the other side.
But I’m learning there is no other side.
There is no pushing through.
But rather,
There is absorption.
Adjustment.
Acceptance.
And grief is not something you complete,
But rather, you endure.
Grief is not a task to finish
And move on,
But an element of yourself-
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing.
A new definition of self.

 

Posted December 22, 2017 by ouidaofs in Death of spouse

“[Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”   Leave a comment

This was my mother.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Mama’s death. She was Juanita Warren Landreth, born June 3, 1916, and died December 11, 2006.

For her funeral we had a handout in her honor with the following story inside:

A LITTLE PARABLE ABOUT MOTHERS

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. “Is the way long?” she asked. And the guide said: “Yes, And the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning”.

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed with them in the clear streams; and the young mother cried, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this”.

Then night came, and storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, “Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come”. And the mother said: “This is better than the brightness of day, for I have taught my children courage.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary, but at all times she said to the children, “A little patience and we are there”. So the children climbed and when they reached the top they said, “Mother, we would not have done it without you”.

And the mother, when she lay down that night, looked up at the stars and said: ” This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today I have given them strength.”

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth – clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: ” Look up, Lift your eyes to the light”. And the children looked and saw above the clouds of Everlasting Glory, and it guided them and brought them beyond darkness. And that night the mother said, “This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God”.

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough, they lifted her; for she was as light as a feather, and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And the mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them”. And the children said, “You always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: “We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence”.

-Temple Bailey

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Posted December 13, 2017 by ouidaofs in Family, Love

“Loneliness” – The Greatest Suffering?   Leave a comment

“Loneliness” – The Greatest Suffering?
“As far as I am concerned, the greatest suffering is to feel alone, unwanted, unloved. The greatest suffering is also having no one, forgetting what an intimate, truly human relationship is, not knowing what it means to be loved, not having a family or friends.” “Loneliness is the world’s biggest problem; more people die from loneliness than from cancer, heart disease, and all the plagues that kill people in the world.”
-Mother Teresa

 

Posted July 31, 2017 by ouidaofs in Loneliness, Suffering

Prayer of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman   Leave a comment

“My God, you know infinitely better than I how little I love you. I would not love you at all except for your grace. It is your grace that has opened the eyes of my mind and enabled them to see your glory. It is your grace that has touched my heart and brought upon it the influence of what is so wonderfully beautiful and fair . . . O my God, whatever is nearer to me than you, things of this earth, and things more naturally pleasing to me, will be sure to interrupt the sight of you, unless your grace interferes. Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from any such miserable tyranny. Break my bonds—raise my heart. Keep my whole being fixed on you. Let me never lose sight of you; and, while I gaze on you, let my love of you grow more and more everyday.”

— Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Posted June 15, 2017 by ouidaofs in Prayer

The Peace of Wild Things   Leave a comment

Posted June 15, 2017 by ouidaofs in Peace, Prayer, Uncategorized

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