"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Abigail Adams on grief & mourning

A recent death in my family had me remembering this quote from one of the Founding Mothers of our country:
Religion my Friend does not forbid us to weep and to mourn for our departed friends. But it teaches us to cast our Sorrows upon that Being in whose hands and at whose disposal we are and who can heal the wounded bosom and bind up the broken heart. 
Letter from Abigail Adams dated January 19, 1811, reel 411 (microfilm) of the Adams Papers, Library of Congress, quoted in The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations, ed. by James H. Hudson (Princeton Univ. Press: 2005), pg. 111.

2 comments:

Tom Van Dyke said...

Beautiful, Mark, and my sympathies.

Mark DeForrest said...

Thanks, Tom. That is a great quote, isn't it?