Every once in a while, I go out of the box and release non-fiction. But this non-fiction is so powerful that I had to publish it. I had the privilege of meeting Geoff Moeller, a poet, a husband, a father; and his story is so compelling – I find myself reading his poetry over and over again. It reminds me to be the mother I want to be; and of the good and joy that can come from true faith – even during unspeakable tragedy. By reading his poignant poetry, you too will be reminded to count your blessings and to find faith and hope in times when you most need it.
On a Saturday morning at the end of November 2008, a young family suffered the loss of two sons and the permanent paralysis of another as a result of an automobile accident. Rather than tear the family apart, the tragedy drew them closer and touched the hearts of people in and out of their Catholic community. The boys’ father began writing to express the painful emotions he felt and the faith that supported him. These poems and reflections, though heart-wrenching, have been presented in the hope they may bring comfort to other victims of tragedy by witnessing to the healing and transforming power of faith, family and love.
As a tribute to Andrew and Matthew Moeller, partial proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to help make St. Francis of Assisi School in Vancouver, BC wheelchair accessible.
Geoff Moeller was born in the arctic and lived in towns across Canada’s north and west, but grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. He completed high school at the Seminary of Christ the King under the guidance of the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC, then spent several years as a member of the community as well. Geoff also credits the monks with the solid foundation he received in the Catholic Faith passed on from his parents. A Benedictine at heart, he is an oblate of Westminster Abbey. He presently works for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Maria and their sons Karl and Lorenzo.
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