Sunday, March 02, 2008

Good Intentions...and Progress

I was going to try to write something profound about the newest developments in the Diocese of Oregon but suffice it to say that we are back on course, the Standing Committee being the ultimate crew on this vessel of change. +Johncy will abide by the agreement reached with all the benefits thereof after Easter. All is calm and may it stay that way, God willing.

Among other good news...

More parishes are choosing to stay in the Diocese of San Joaquin. They will hold a special convention in the new and improved diocese on March 29th with ++Katharine presiding as they elect a new Standing Committee and interim bishop, as well as taking of care of business and uniting into a closer-knit family. To be liberated from the oppression and downright bossiness of John-David Schofield and cronies has GOT to be a relief. Unfortunately at the cost of division and much heartache. But the remaining true Episcopalians are drawing together, healing and rebuilding the diocese from the foundations up. Women will be ordained and they will be able to preach and lead congregations into a newer and brighter future. What a beautiful thing...

And now I will go quiet for a little while longer as I deal with my loss but I will return soon. We all do. We must keep on going. Some will say "It was just a dog. You'll get over it. Just go get another one." These are the people who need to learn empathy, compassion, suffering and loss. And there is no easy way to do it. The road is always painful and difficult but it can be traveled and we reach our destination, wiser, kinder, more comprehending of the suffering of others.

At least Dragon is home again, and that means more than words can say...



Catherine+

10 comments:

gartenfische said...

He was not "just a dog." I know that many people look at it that way, but you and I know they are wrong. As you say, they are the ones who need to learn empathy, compassion, suffering and loss. When you love with your whole heart, and are loved back, it is incredibly painful when that is torn apart, even if the loved one was "just a dog."

Hugs.

Lindy said...

Still thinking of you and your little dog.

Crimson Rambler said...

Hoping you don't stay quiet for too long, because we are the better for your voice!

and mourning Dragon with you, too.

Catherine + said...

Dear GF, Lindy and CR, thank you for your continued support and care. I don't think I could have made it through these past days without all the love and prayers. I hug all of you back, tightly and with thanks for your patience and understanding. I miss my boy so much...I'm not sleeping well, so if you could pray for some good, deep and restful sleep, my thanks would once again be yours.

Thank you all so much...
Catherine+

Jan said...

I'm glad Dragon is home.

Lindy said...

Shluffe Keppe...

Sleep well and deeply.

Barbi Click said...

A dog is not just a dog, nor a cat just a cat...a pet just a pet. They are loving faithful companions who love us...regardless...steadfastedly...

they are not replaceable...however, with time, we are sometimes graced with the presence of another loving friend willing to love us...regardless.

Diane said...

I also think he was not "just a dog."
praying for you...

Saint Pat said...

I'm glad things are looking up in your diocese!

May God bless you as you grieve your companion. Your Dragon had the blessing of being a well-loved member of your family.

The Swandive said...

I hope you are finding some sleep, and that these Holy Days are bringing you what you need. Blessings.