When I was doing my field ed at a parish near my seminary, we were preparing for a funeral one day. I recall asking the two priests, “when do you get to grieve?” They both sort of chucked and said “we don’t”.
I found that to be a disappointing response. True, as the spiritual leaders, as the ones who need to help a family through the death of a loved one, make plans, officiate the service, all those things and more, we do need to be the rock that holds things together for them. But certainly we also can and should grieve the death of someone we too loved.
Today is one of those days. We’ve had too many of them this year at St. Simon’s.
So I snuck off for a bit to sit and pray and remember. And yes, to grieve. Knowing how much the one who has died loved our church and this holy space helped a lot.
May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.