Place at Table

He died twelve years ago
Love of her life, joy of her heart
Father of her children
Grandfather always with a smile
Taken after a short illness
Cancer stricken fighting to the end.
 
She still lays a place at table for him
Empty chair where he sat
Remembers happiness they shared
Thankfully they met and married
Finding such loneliness without him
Visiting his grave on Sunday afternoons.
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Barnabas, Encouragement and Keeping On the Path

It is fitting that we celebrate Barnabas, the ‘son of consolation’, or the ‘son of encouragement’, in this season of the Holy Spirit. For the Hebraic terminus of his name, the navi (consolation, or even prophet) after the bar (son) is one of the titles of the Third Person of the Trinity, the consoler, advocate and guide.
Indeed, for Barnabas is described in today’s readings from Acts (11:26) as a ‘good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith’. He was an invaluable companion of Saint Paul’s, accompanying him on a number of his apostolic journeys, present at the first

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