If these people harbored secrets that might destroy them, inviting strangers to stay in Roseland was self-destructive.

We took comfort in the knowledge that God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one. THE

At times like this, tears exorcise emotions that would otherwise haunt me and, by their haunting, embitter me

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