REVISED GREETING, April 2016 Inside right panel:
With deepest sympathy for the loss of your father.
This is truly one of life’s great sorrows -
losing the person who knew you
from birth and was always there for you.
He will be missed by many.
Because love never ends,
may you continue to feel his presence
in your life and in loving memories.
May your faith sustain you now in remembering
that one day your entire family will be together -
embraced forever in God’s loving presence.
Inside left panel, bottom:
There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and there is nothing so gentle as real strength. St. Francis de Sales
Back Panel features a beautiful quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Furthermore, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Cover photo/design by Regina Migacz