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An Invitation to Grieve

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“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.”  ~ Philippians 1:29

These words from Philippians can be challenging. How can the same God who created love, laughter, and peace, be a God that asks us to suffer for him? Hoping in a glory that is eternal, and walking in the freedom of endless grace, sounds like fantasy when our days are filtered by hues of hurt, darkness, and grief.

No matter who we are or where we come from, each and every one of us has encountered hardship at some point in our lives. Progressing through seasons of deep pain can feel isolating; it’s easy to think that God has turned His back on us in these moments.

But the truth? The truth is that He is with us. He is walking with us through the darkness and into the light. The grieving process is Christ’s way of accompanying us from brokenness to wholeness; from distress to peace.

Grieving is the process through which we naturally participate in the healing of our hurts, disappointments, and losses in life. Most of us want this process to be quick and painless, which is so characteristic of our culture today. However, real and lasting healing does not take place quickly and painlessly — and that’s why the Life’s Healing Journey team has published a new resource: An Introduction to Finding Peace and Healing in Our Grief.

We invite you to use this guide to begin your own healing journey, and discover how you can find peace and healing through your grief.

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Today, your journey begins. The journey of healing is often unpredictable — but every step forward is a step towards freedom. However you come today, whatever hurts contribute to the heaviness in your heart, come in love knowing that Jesus loves you and wants to love the world through you.


Posted by Fr. Joe Jablonski

Fr. Joseph Jablonski, M.S.C. was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1949 and has been a professed member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart since 1970 and a priest since 1976. He has preached numerous retreats in parishes as well as retreats for religious, priests and laity in both English and Spanish in the USA, Colombia, and around the world. For the past six years Fr. Joe has been part of the team for Life’s Healing Journey retreats throughout the USA and abroad. His focus is on the experience of the compassionate, loving heart of Christ who heals us and then sends us forth to witness to his love.


About the Living From Your Heart Blog

The Living From Your Heart blog shares stories, meditations, and testimonies about the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and their work around the world as they carry out their mission to love as Jesus loved.  

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