The experience of grief can sometimes present the feelings of loneliness, suffering and even abandonment. It can be a time where many question their relationship with God And yet in those moments of despair God provides us with the comfort and healing we need. Author Diana González Tabbaa captures these experiences in her book The River of Life.
Young, adventurous Anthony has been curious about the ancient ruins of the Abbey where martyrs were believed to have been buried centuries before. Living close to the ruins and raised as a devout Catholic, he frequently looks for clues with little luck, but with hope from stories shared by his relatives and ancestors. Suddenly, his father dies, and Anthony begins to questions his faith, yet continues to pray the Rosary daily.
Reminded by the wood sculptures and Rosary garden his father made, Anthony promises to honor his father's wishes for him “to keep your heart in the heart of Christ,” yet is unsure how to achieve this. After his regular visits to the watering hole, he meets a mysterious friend named Rafael who not only saves him but helps him with repairs and to discover the ancient ruins he’d been seeking all along.
Through their friendship he also recognizes that God has been with him through his grief and that faith will carry him through the storms of life. As a result, he recognizes what his father meant all along.
A great story for those who’ve not only learned to cope with grief but a lesson for all to seek refuge in the Rosary and intercession of the saints.
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Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Northern California. She runs a blog called Life in the Grace Lane and also contributes to Catholic Stand and Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards.