Memorial for Chrys McVey

Chrys McVey op

(Chrys McVey OP died in June, and had an important motivating force behind JRD and interreligious dialogue in the Order for many years. At the beginning of Saturday morning, we remembered him with this poem)

My dear brothers and sisters,

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am still I, and you are still you.
Whatever we were to each other,
we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way you always used to.
Put no difference into your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow,
laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be spoken without effort,
without the ghost of a shadow in it.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner

All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.

Your loving brother, Chrys

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