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My Saint Michael’s Story: Tina Blondino

Posted by on Sun, Oct 11, 2020 in Giving

St. Michael’s, an essential part of my faith journey

I, as all of us, have had a wide fluctuation of feelings during this pandemic. St. Michael’s, church, our community – all have helped center and stabilize me. I look forward to Sunday and usually get a little dressed up to “go to church.”

I’ve worked quite consciously to be calm and reasonable, stay objective, reach out to others, stay in communication. Jenny has been a joy. I’ve taken a number of terrific Zoom classes, but it’s my St. Michael’s community that has been my anchor on these stormy seas.

Several weeks ago, a national event broke through my calm and threw me to my knees. I don’t know why this – of all our ups and downs – shook me – but it did.

I was standing in the kitchen when I heard on the TV that someone had said American service men were “losers” and “suckers” I lost my breath and literally doubled over.

Reg and Chuck had both served honorably. Both lived with PTSD for the rest of their lives – and therefore I did too. And both would have reenlisted instantly if called. It was a hard time for me. But I handled it. Life goes on.

At coffee hour that Sunday we went into breakout groups. Tola opened the conversation by asking “how has your week gone?” I hadn’t expected it – but I asked the group if I could tell them a hard story. When they agreed, my story – this story – came pouring out. I could feel the door to my darkness blow open. I felt such a lighten-ing – a blessing.

That’s what church is. That’s who you, St. Michael’s, are. And I am so grateful.