A Spiritual Mentor Remembered

alanfadling:

We’ve been saddened at the news of Abbot David Geraets’ death a few days ago. He was a mentor and spiritual director for a season for both Gem and me.

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Tomorrow I will attend the funeral of Abbot David Geraets.  Abbot David was my spiritual director and mentor during my training at The Monastery of the Risen Christ in 2005-06.

What a wonderful man.  I know that he has academic and ministerial credits to his name, however, I simply remember him as a dear friend and mentor.  I learned from him how to embrace life and be childlike in the best sense of the word.  He was guileless and he laughed easily.  He was at ease with himself and with the Lord.  He was a true spiritual leader.  Because of this, his personality was very compelling.  Easy, laughing, caring, and a gentle presence.  Oh, and a mind that was sharp as a tack.  That is Abbot David.  I will miss him.

Here he is with my friend, Susan.  I caught them in a laugh and this is my favorite image…

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