A Letter from Fr. Eric
These last few weeks have been ones where I have felt almost every conceivable emotion there is. As you all know my sister Sarah died earlier this month. She was a beautiful person inside and out who, like many, struggled with addiction. The past ten years of her life were full of many ups and downs, and unfortunately she succumbed to a heroin overdose. Her life, like all the lives of those who struggle with the pain of addiction has meaning. I have often preached that God shows preferential treatment for poor. In some way God knows just how deeply poor in spirit those who suffer with the disease of addiction truly are— even though we often barely have a grasp of just how broken our loved ones can be. I believe that those who are coping with addiction know that often their only help is in God, whether they are able to intellectualize it or not. Through their poverty of spirit they face many demons which lie in wait in the unending deserts they know as consciousness.
I want to thank all of the parishioners and staff who have been praying for me and my family throughout these past weeks. Each of you should know that I have not only felt these prayers, but that I have been able to begin healing as a result of them. Your beautiful words in numerous cards and emails too have helped give me strength and peace.
These last weeks have showed me something more. Sarah’s death has sounded as a clarion call in my ears to focus more of my future ministry on being with those who walk alone with addiction. Her death, like the deaths of so many who suffer in this way, serve to show the living not only the evil of the world, but also the great goodness that lay in wait for us day in and day out. This is so because her life and death moves me, my friends, and my family into an awareness that even though life has bleakness and shadow it is the light perpetual which shines the brightest.
May we know that God, who is merciful and just, is with the lost, the lonely, and the last.
God bless you all.