A Grieving Father’s Epiphany

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Today is Epiphany, the last day of the Christmas season. Bill Mahaffey writes for TCC about what happened to him one Christmas Eve when he was grieving his teenage son. “I can still hear the voice – not mine, ‘You have not done enough.'” Read it after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: River by Joni Mitchell

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Joni Mitchell

With so much emphasis on family, joy and peace, this time of year can be especially hard for people experiencing grief and loss. Our favorite song that gets to the heart of this melancholy is Joni Mitchell’s “River” from her 1971 album “Blue.” Listen to her sing after the jump:

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TCC Radio: Helping Others After Tragedy & Falling in Love at Mass | The Moth

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In the Wild Kate Baestrup

In this episode of The Moth podcast, Kate Barestrup describes losing someone she loved and how her work as a chaplain is about letting people grieve without whisking their beloved dead away. And Pilar Siman describes falling in love at 11PM Mass. Listen after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross by Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens

On his record, Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens, responds to the death of his mother in 2012. Stevens never knew his mother, she suffered from depression, schizophrenia and alcoholism, and left when he was a child. Still, he fell apart after her death. Read his interview about the album, and his Christian faith in PitchforkTrue Myth. Listen to “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” after the jump. There is one expletive.

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