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I digress. Please forgive me.
"La Mancha~The Stain" is the name I assigned to the inescapable losses in my life, past present and future. "La Mancha~The Stain" is something I can wrap my head around. It is tangible. I can emotionally "work with" it. A stain can have any hue, texture, depth, flavor, sound, rhythm or fragrance. It can transformed into colorful paintbrush strokes on the canvas of my days. In the right light, "the stain" of death might be a beautiful portrait of the soul's gentle, lovely, glorious emergence into the Beatific Vision. Death's shadows may obscure my view, but mine is the freedom to hope in Christ's victory over death!
I try to rely on the advice of Saint Paul to the Romans:
"I beseech yo therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing, your reasonable service
And be not conformed to this world,
but be reformed in the newness of your mind
that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable
and the perfect will of God."
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible