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Daily Healing Journey Messages

People grieving the loss of a loved one can be afflicted with overwhelming loneliness. These Healing Journey daily messages offer an opportunity to reconnect with the community and realize you are not alone.

Each morning, we post our Healing Journey message here, or you can have it sent directly to your email inbox.  The Healing Journey supports people with their grief. This is a free service for anyone who wants to receive it … and it’s not just for Catholics.

Our messages are not only for the newly bereaved but also for those who have been struggling a year or many years after the loss of a loved one.

 

The Healing Journey Archives

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June 12, 2024“It’s much easier to talk about acceptance than to accept, and much easier to discuss faith than to have faith.”— Tim Russert None of us will ever understand the death of a child. It...

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June 11, 2024           You Don’t Just Lose Someone Once By Donna Ashworth Words You don’t just lose someone once,You lose them over and over,sometimes many times a day.When the loss,...

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June 10, 2024As Catholics, we believe that our prayers can help a loved one get to Heaven sooner. One traditional prayer for this intention appeared in “My Prayer Book,” by Fr. Francis Xavier...

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June 9, 2024“God’s direction is our protection.” Never doubt that God is always at work in your life … not just your life, but in everyone’s life. He doesn’t discriminate. And his love is personal....

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June 8, 2024“Missing you comes in waves and tonight I’m drowning.”— Chris Young Susie was blessed to have two wonderful parents — Lillian and George, who met when they were still children. They went...

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June 7, 2024 O Sacred Heart of Jesus,I Place My Trust in Thee O Sacred Heart of Jesus,I place my trust in Thee.Whatever may befall me, Lord,though dark the hour may be,in all my woes, in all my...

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June 6, 2024Today marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy beaches in Northern France during World War II, which began the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis....

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June 5, 2024 “Lord, help me to find strength for my journey and light for my path as I join my suffering to that of your Son’s suffering and death on the cross.”— Bishop Robert Baker, “Prayers of...

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June 4, 2024“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”― Amit Ray After a sudden death, the foundations of our world are shaken. Death is inevitable, but a...

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June 3, 2024“In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it...

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June 2, 2024“The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,
 And he who eats of this bread, he shall live forever, he shall live forever…” Today we celebrate the Solemnity of...

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June 1, 2024Fr. Jim Sullivan, rector of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, began his homily talking about patience — or lack of it. He said the occasions are many to exercise...

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May 31, 2024 Blessings Your blessings, have you counted them today?Did you take time to kneel and pray?Or in your rush did you forgetGod’s blessings, as your needs He met? — Crystal Cox ***

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May 30, 2024 Jesus in the Eucharist,our God and King.Jesus in the Eucharist,our creator and Redeemer.Jesus in the Eucharist,our physician and medicine.Jesus in the Eucharist,our food and our...

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May 29, 2024Mother Angelica, who started the Eternal Word Network and became an international sensation for people of faith — all faiths — spoke often about life, death and life after death. She...

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May 28, 2024“It’s in death that God says, “If I’m not your security, then you’ve got no security, because I’m the only thing that can’t be taken away from you. I will hold you in my everlasting...

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May 27, 2024  Prayer for Our Beloved Deceased O Loving God, grant your consoling grace to all who mourn the passing of loved ones, especially the men and women who have died in service to their...

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May 26, 2024During the 1970s, when there was a so-called Jesus Revolution, one of the more popular musicals that appeared off-Broadway was “Godspell,” loosely based on the Gospel of Matthew. Some of...

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May 25, 2024 One Step at a Time One step at a time, oh Lord, while I travel my life through.One glory at a time, dear Lord, is all I ask of you.One moment at a time, sweet Lord, to taste of life and...

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May 24, 2024 The Blessing You Should Not Tell Me By Jan Richardson Do not tell methere will be a blessingin the breaking,that it will everbe a graceto wake into this lifeso altered,this worldso...

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May 23, 2024“Even if you have lots of people around you, grief can still make you feel lonely.” — Cruse Bereavement Support Have you ever heard the phrase, “lost in the crowd”? It can happen to you....

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May 22, 2024“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings.”– Mandy Hale When Nancy was a baby, her father Paul painted a large monarch butterfly on the wall of her...

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May 21, 2024The saints had a way of thinking that can thoroughly confound the rest of us and leave us scratching our heads in amazement … or confusion. As confusing as their thinking may seem, they...

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May 20, 2024 Heaven, a Wonderful Paradise Sometimes my days seem hopelessLike I’m going nowhere fast;Then, I think of my home in Heaven,Where my Savior I’ll see at last. So many problems we face on...

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May 19, 2024“When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.”— Rabindranath Tagore When someone we love dies, our first reaction...

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May 18, 2024“We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love,” Mother Teresa said. “There are many in the world who are dying for a...

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May 17, 2024“My love for you will last till time itself is through.Oh, my darling, oh, my darling, this I swear is true”— Jimmy Beaumont One of the most enduring songs of the doo-wop era was “This I...

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May 16, 2024“A mourner is, perforce, a person with a story. The pity is how very rarely it gets told.”— Christian McEwen After a death, so many people avoid telling the story of their grief. They...

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May 15, 2024 For Every Tear For every tear we shed, we will laugh.For every sadness we are burdened with,We will come to know the value of each joy. With every loss we endure,We will be further...

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May 14, 2024 “As C. S. Lewis famously said, ‘God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.’ Believers understand many doctrinal truths in the mind, but those...

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May 13, 2024A Litany for Healing Let us offer our prayers for God’s healing, saying, “Have mercy on us.”Holy God, source of health and salvation,Have mercy on us.Holy and Mighty, wellspring of...

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May 12, 2024Somewhere back in time – about 60 years ago when change was in the air and many of us were eager to throw out the old and ring in the new – a church removed its collection of vintage...

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May 11, 2024For all the times we never said “Thank you” to our mothers and grandmothers, let’s remember them in a special way today. “Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day.” And offer them this song by...

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May 10, 2024“The most perfect love is that between a mother and child. It is unending.”— Anonymous Chrissy turned to her mother for everything… when she was a girl, when she was a teenager —...

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May 9, 2024 Even in grief and suffering, we should never neglect to say thank you. As strange as it may seem, gratitude is a force for healing. It cleanses us of anger and animosity and puts us in a...

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May 8, 2024“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us all in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any...

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May 7, 2024“Lord, may I recognize your personal love for me today in my life.”— Rena Rena spent her life working in the FBI, but there was one thing more important to her than her career. It was her...

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May 6, 2024“Lord, you have probed me, you know me.You know when I sit and stand;You understand my thoughts from afar.You sift me through my travels and my rest;With all my ways you are familiar.”–...

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May 5, 2024“You think you're lost, but you're not lost on your own. You're not alone. I will stand by you, I will help you through…” How many times in life, do we feel all alone, during tragedies,...

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May 4, 2024   We seem to give them back to You We seem to give them back to You, O GodWho gave them first to us.Yet as You did not lose them in giving,So do we not lose them by their return.Not as...

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May 3, 2024“O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.” Almost 60 years ago, in an era much like our own, when the world was tottering on the brink of war, and...

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May 2, 2024Speaking about forgiveness, Benedictine nun and author Joan Chittister says: “When we don’t face our faults, our problems, our weakness, our angers, our sense of inadequacy — worse, when...

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May 1, 2024 Prayer to Saint Joseph Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary,be with us this day.You protected and cherished the Virgin.Loving the child Jesus as your Son, you rescued himfrom the danger of...

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April 30, 2024“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.”— Isaiah 43:2 Do you remember when Jesus told Peter to put out into...

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April 29, 2024 Our Earthly Loss Our earthly loss is always a heavenly gain.Although our hearts hurt and mourn in humanly painThe fact still remains the same,That Heaven has gained more loveTo...

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April 28, 2024It’s strange that when we lose someone we love, our most enduring memories aren’t the ones that would make it into a Hallmark movie. That’s because love and life are often totally...

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April 27, 2024   Your Compassionate Friend I can tell from that look, friend, that you need to talkSo come, take my hand and let’s go for a walk.See, I’m not like the others, I won’t shy...

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April 26, 2024“Oh hummingbird, mankind was waiting for you to come flying along.Heavenly songbird, lend us your wings, let us soar in the atmosphere…Lift us up to the Heaven of holiness.” — Seals...

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April 25, 2024“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”— Martin Luther King, Jr. Is hope for everyone? No matter their age? No matter their sorrow? No matter their...

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April 24, 2024 You’ve probably heard the saying, “God is in the details” and wondered what exactly it means. The phrase was popularized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German-American architect...

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April 23, 2024“Prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." — St. Therese of Lisieux Many times...

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April 22, 2024 Searching For God By Cathy Largent Joy comes in the morning,Hope comes with the dawn.My Lord, He has showed meThe night is not too long.My body was a prison,But Jesus had the key.No...

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April 21, 2024“A Thousand Years” is a popular song recorded by American singer Christina Perri, and written by her and David Hodges for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” The official music video...

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April 20, 2024“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”— 1 Peter 3:9 So...

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April 19, 2024 Searching For God © John P. Read   When searching for God, There's no need to look far. He's not in the clouds 
Or some faraway star.   He doesn't hide in the shadows, Even though...

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April 18, 2024“Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.” — Anonymous So many times when we are grieving the loss of a loved one, a compassionate person will ask, “Is there anything I can do for you?”...

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April 17, 2024“Losing a child, no matter what age, makes your heart break in pieces that you never knew existed.”— Jeannie Walters In the movie “Rabbit Hole,” based on a play of the same name by...

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April 16, 2024Musician and songwriter Alan Jackson has sold more than 60 million records. His love for his parents is apparent in many of his songs. He wrote “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” for...

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April 15, 2024“Going … but know not where”— Epitaph on gravestone in Putnam Sometimes when you’re driving past an old country graveyard in a New England town, pause to walk among the tombstones, and...

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April 14, 2024 Enduring Blessing By Jan Richardson What I really want to tell youis to just lay this blessingon your forehead,on your heart;let it restin the palm of your hand,because there is...

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April 13, 2024The following account of Mother Angelica’s personal grief is taken from her book, “Mother Angelica’s Answers, Not Promises. “If you are faced with losing someone right now, I know that...

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April 12, 2024“Grief is the price we pay for love.”— Queen Elizabeth Sometimes you may turn to solitude to find peace, only to discover your mind is racing, your emotions are in turmoil and the...

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April 11, 2024“Dear Blessed Mother, lend me your heart. I look for it each day to pour my troubles into.”— St. Gemma Galgani When Gemma Galgani was 8, she lost her mother. When she was 18, her...

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April 10, 2024 “Lead with your heart. It's the one thing you can trust to always come from love.And it will shine right through the dark like a northern star to show you what is true.You'll never...

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April 9, 2024“Where did I go wrong”— A common lament of parents Stratford writer James Carmody recently had one of his plays selected for the Catholic Playwrights Festival at Theatre 71 at Blessed...

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April 8, 2024“Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.”— Ella Wheeler Wilcox Ella Wheeler Wilcox was one of the most popular poets of the early 19th century. Born on a farm in...

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April 7, 2024Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea is the former Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In the following excerpt, he says that by...

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April 6, 2024“Love endures everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing.”— St. Faustina Kowalska The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy is nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of...

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April 5, 2024 Reunited By Jack Horne She knew her life was throughBut wasn’t scared to die.She closed her pain-filled eyes,Her final breath a sigh. Her husband took her handAnd whispered “Welcome,...

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April 4, 2024The Bereavement Ministry of Catholic Cemeteries will sponsor one-day spiritual retreats for grieving parents on May 4 and December 7. The retreats will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30...

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April 3, 2024The existence of Heaven has always been a topic of debate for non-believers. So many celebrities, self-proclaimed agnostics and intellectual wannabes often say this life is all there...

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April 2, 2024It was 1929, and America was on the brink of the Great Depression, which would change the lives of millions for more than a decade. Albert Brumley, who was born into a family of...

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April 1, 2024One of the most touching moments in the Gospels can be found in John’s account of the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene goes to where they laid Jesus’ body on Good Friday and finds it empty....

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March 31, 2024 “Then came the morning that sealed the promise, Your buried body began to breathe.Out of the silence, the roaring lion declared the grave has no claim on me! Jesus, yours is the...

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March 30, 2024 A Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows O, Holy Mother, afflicted by the bitter sorrow you endured at the foot of the cross during Jesus’ three hours of agony on the cross, assist all of us,...

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March 29, 2024In his book “Prayers of Desperation: A Questioner’s Prayer for Answers in our Darkest Moment,” Bishop Robert Baker says, “The greatest ‘why’ prayer of all time was uttered by Jesus to...

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March 28, 2024 The Agony in the Garden Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the...

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March 27, 2024Many of us reach a crossroads in our lives when someone we love dies, and very often that tragedy can take us in an entirely different direction. This prayer is from the Sisters of...

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March 26, 2024"It's like grief has been covered over with some kind of blanket. It's still there, but the sharpest edges are ... muffled, sort of. Then, every now and then, I lift the corner of the...

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March 25, 2024“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”— Virgin Mary During Lent, there’s a brief moment when we put aside our penitential observances to...

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March 24, 2024“His spirit is alive in the church and in the community. It’s palpable, and this is a physical remembrance…”— Dr. Eleanor Sauers When Father John Baran arrived at St. Anthony of Padua...

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March 23, 2024What is the Impossible Novena?By Ellie “It all started when a dear friend prayed the ‘Impossible Novena’ for me last year. And it changed my life. To this day, I am still witnessing...

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March 22, 2024“Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.”— Basil Rathbone We live in a culture that wants us to believe that guilt and...

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March 21, 2024“And though I stumble day by day, he shall not leave my side.”— “My Chains Are Gone” Englishman John Newton suffered a lot of pain in his life, but he inflicted even more. His mother...

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March 20, 2024“And all the placethere was grew out of listening.”— Li Young Lee Christian McEwen is a writer, educator and cultural activist who grew up in the Borders of Scotland and came to...

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March 19, 2024“The coronavirus pandemic was terrible. Death was everywhere, and so many brothers and sisters lost loved ones without being able to be near them, and this made death even harder to...

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March 18, 2024When Marge saw Donny’s name on the caller ID at 9:30 that night, she knew immediately what the call was about. His wife, Hope, who had been ailing for four years and on the verge of...

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March 17, 2024One of the most loved songs about losing someone you love is “I’ll See You Again,” written by Shelly Poole of the recording group Alisha’s Attic and Andy Hill. A version of the song by...

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March 16, 2024“The heart will break, but broken live on”–Lord Byron After someone you love dies, you may find yourself wanting to stay in bed all day with no desire to get up and face the world. You...

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March 15, 2024“Don’t be afraid to let emotional pain into consciousness. That is the only way to identify and heal it. Otherwise, it will come out as anger, depression, despair or purposelessness....

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March 14, 2024“We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through. So, all the people you haven’t told you love lately, tell them, and live your days like you mean it.”—...

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March 13, 2024“You will be consoled according to the greatness of your sorrow and affliction; the greater the suffering, the greater will be the reward.”— St. Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi So many of us,...

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March 12, 2024 All Is Well By Henry Scott-Holland Death is nothing at all.I have only slipped away into the next room.I am I, and you are you,Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.Call...

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March 11, 2024 Prayer for Those Near Death O God, our heavenly Father, have pity on your children in great bodily weakness, who are drawing near the gates of death. Send your dear Son to meet with...

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March 10, 2024The following tribute for Bill Hoey, Vice President of Mission Services at St. Vincent Medical Center, was written by William M. Jennings, president of St. Vincent’s and Hartford...

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March 9, 2024“When the darkness creeps in, I choose to lighten it with joy.” — Author unknown Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed with grief, and your mind is racing between what you have to do, what...

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March 8, 2024“These spontaneous moments of spiritual reunion with a deceased loved one can fill us with immediate joy and leave us with an inner knowing that lasts a lifetime.”— Bill Guggenheim Back...

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March 7, 2024“For many of us prayer means nothing more than speaking with God. And since it usually seems to be a quite one-sided affair, prayer simply means talking to God.”— Henri J.M. Nouwen...

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March 6, 2024“Become one of those relentless souls, who refuse to let you fall, refuse to let you go.” Country singer Brad Paisley wrote the theme song for the movie “Same Kind of Different As Me,”...

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March 5, 2024 Jesus, help me Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying,“Jesus, help me.”In my grief,Jesus, help me.In my doubts, perplexities and temptations,Jesus, help me.In...

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