“Awaken Your Senses” by Christine Cherpak


Dear Fellow Grieving Siblings,


Happy spring! The rain showers that welcome this season nourish life. And we are reminded of the cycle of life as we witness the sprouts emerging from the rich soil. Sprouts are full of life—the period in a plant’s life that requires the most amount of energy. These small but powerful greens are symbols of hope. Having already overcome the largest challenge of breaking through the ground, their visibility promises us that they will continue to grow into beautiful flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Allow this hope to settle into your grieving hearts. The potential energy of hope is stronger than you imagine; it grants you courage to let the profound loss of your sibling motivate you towards the light so that you may experience eternal life. In the midst of your turmoil, remember to stop and smell the flowers, as the “littleness” of these beauties is the language of hope.


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“One of the most worthy sentiments of the human heart is hope, a tendency towards something morally good and in itself human. Our sustenance in the midst of difficulties and obstacles, encountered in the struggle to attain perfection, is the virtue of supernatural hope. The object of this hope is eternal life.”

~Matthew Kelly, Mustard