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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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June 05, 2007



My cousin Eddie once said with a snigger, "Sheesh. We only gather as family in the bad times." That was before the fam and I showed up to greet our unmet half-cousin over at Ed's house. An entire afternoon bbq'ing, swimming, talking, visiting, welcoming at last the illegitimate son of our uncle..and his family. I dunno, does it get any better than that? :-) And that was before we gathered with Ed when he most might've wanted the fam near. The kids and I came to the graveyard while his mom, my mom's nemesis, was buried. Little did I guess when I first knew I'd go, that my other cousin, his brother Tom, would be burying the ashes of his teen son that day, too.. Ed invited us back to the house after, and of course I got lost, but it was just as well, because daughter going far away to college asked me if her dad was dying, and I foolishly did not say, "Of course not." She lost it, and so, we went home. Well, Ed was mostly right, and that's sad.. but in our graveyard hugs, we were truly one, and it's better than nothing. I don't think this is what you were getting at, but this is what it triggered. Just to say that it doesn't have to be nothing.

Deacon DW

I don't think this is what you were getting at...

Actually, it was a big part of what I was thinking. I just didn't get around to saying it.


From time to time, one reads something in the Catholic blogosphere which puts one's heart at peace. I have just read one such post here. Merci, dd.

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