At a certain point, it is impossible to maintain hope that is tangible, hope that is meaningful, hope that is Christian, if there is grieving that has not been brought into the light of God’s presence. Because we are called to a concrete and specific hope – the hope of the Resurrection – we must engage with concrete and specific grief, and help one another to get concrete and specific. Feelings of pain and loss clarified, named, spoken aloud and lamented over have never had more of a role to play in our life of faith, corporately and individually, than right now.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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