Making Room for Sorrow
I was all set for Gaudete Sunday this year - a new pink shirt - I was ready for Joy! But I was not at all feeling pink this year. This year we've had to make room for an unexpected guest this Advent - sorrow. Ed lost a much loved aunt. The St. Nicholas bag accompanied us to viewings and other services for those down times that can be particularly hard on rambunctious boys.
And then we had news that Ed lost a student. A hunting accident - so unexpected. He was also a member of the fishing club Ed mentors. He was 17.
This year our Mary path has taken on a new focus - instead of the path leading us to Christmas day we've been asking Mary to help our loved ones find their way to the Child in heaven.