One of the advantages I’ve discovered since becoming a seminarian is that more friends send more spiritual song lyrics and poems to me (And John too). I am not complaining. Please keep them coming.

A friend of mine posted the following poem on Facebook, I found it to be a powerful metaphor, and a great way of dealing with one of life’s most difficult things, death of someone you love.


I am standing on the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her until she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, “There. She’s gone.”

Gone where? Gone from my sight-that’s all.

She is just as large in mast and hull as she was when she left my side. Her diminished size is in me, not her.

And just at the moment when someone says, “There. She’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices shouting,

“Here she comes!”

And that is dying.

– Henry Van Dyke

Please pray for all of those struggling with the death of a loved one.

2 thoughts on “Life is Eternal

  1. GEOFF!! At daily mass last week Fr. Simon read this:) He of course printed them out and they were all gone before my friend John and I could get them! Sad day. Then I saw your tweet and was like “Hummm….I wonder if its the same one.” And it was!! Yay! You priests all think alike and I love it so much. We are all praying for you down here and I hope you are having a blast up north;) Enjoy this wonderful winter season! Have a blast. We miss you! Thanks for your blogging:)

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