From the December, 2005 issue of Touchstone
A Catholic Grief Observed by David Paul Deavel

A Catholic Grief Observed

How the Loss of a Loved One Is an Unexpected Gain

by David Paul Deavel

My mother died in July and I only went back to daily Mass the following February. I went on Sundays because I had to. For many months, I left the practice of reading several chapters of Scripture a day, given up only in the chaos of my mother’s funeral, undone. I gave up praying as I drove over to a nearby suburban elementary school on Saturday mornings to play basketball. I did not go very often, and when I did, the radio didn’t blare (I am too old for that); no, it simply played loudly enough to distract me—as I tried to avoid entering my own thoughts too deeply.

Even my son . . .


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