“Awaken Your Senses” by Christine Cherpak

Dear Fellow Grieving Siblings,


It has been a soul-satisfying year writing “From the Heart of a Sibling.” You have all bestowed upon me the grace of growing in grief, which has assisted me in becoming a better-version-of-myself. My hope is that one person found comfort—and maybe even inspiration—after reading just a snippet of one month’s sibling column.

We are a community of grieving siblings, and I must provide the opportunity for someone else to write for us. It is as much a leap of faith to pass the torch to another Olympian as is was to begin the procession. In fear, find courage. May the flame of hope stay lit in your heart forever! While I cannot offer you any panacea for your ills, I leave you with wise words from Matthew Kelly: “Joy is not the absence of pain. Peace is not the absence of turmoil. Love is not the absence of anger and hurt” (Mustard Seeds). Spend enough time in contemplative silence and you will discover that the only way by which to evade the phantom of luxury and earn a Rolls Royce is to live a life of poverty.