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A Time of Revolution

Apr 6, 2015

IMG_7276A few weeks ago, we were winding our way through back roads from Old Greenwich in Connecticut to a little neighborhood in the Southfield association of Stamford and we stopped to take a picture of a particular house.

On the way back to the car, we saw a break in the shrubs and found a small cemetery. With a late March snowfall beginning to melt, the colors were dramatic, the conditions crumbling, the dates historic, and the epitaphs curious.

 

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The family Peck…

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“Sister Mary: She hath done what she could.”

A friend thought this was touching and lovely. Our first reaction had been, “Wow, that’s kind of harsh.” Perhaps we all just do what we can, but one would think that remembrances of Sister Mary would be of traits that though ordinary—being charitable, kind, giving, selfless, pro-active, dependable, responsible—for the people who’s lives were touched by Sister Mary, these “ordinary” traits would actually feel tremendous and be worthy of praise and recognition.

Sister Mary: She hath done above and beyond.

As we write and work through our thoughts, we realize that would not be permissible for isn’t pride and hubris the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins? And the opposite of pride is humility, one of the Catholic Church’s seven virtues, so apparently the epitaph is apt.

 

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1 Response for “A Time of Revolution”

  1. Matt Hormann says:

    This is really cool, Kat! Thanks for the interesting history.

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