Our Funeral Liturgy teaches us that 'for us, in death life is changed, not ended.' I can tell you all that I have certainly felt my life 'changed' over the last few weeks with the unexpected loss of my mother, Laurie Maggiano. A big part of that change has been all of you. Your cards and phone calls, emails and texts, have offered significant comfort to our family in a difficult time. And that doesn't even mention the food! Memorial continues to live into its reputation as a community that cares about its people and goes far out of their way to take care of them.
I have long felt it is incumbent on clergy to model good behavior for their parishioners - in times of celebration and in times of great loss. Which, right now, means taking some time apart to ensure that I am able to get all of my mother's (and father's and grandfather's) affairs in order and come back to you ready and able to preach and teach the Gospel. Thank you for your support, your understanding, and your faithfulness in this moment.
Those of you who have lost both parents, especially those who have lost them young, are aware of the mental, physical and spiritual toll that it takes. Please do keep us in your prayers. I look forward to being back with you this lent.
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and
courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to
come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those
without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great
goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with
those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ
our Savior. Amen.