Find the Good News with Oran Parker

Ep. 43 - The Legacy - Road Trip Ft. Chris Breaux - Find the Good News with Oran Parker

June 12, 2019

If you want to find a quiet place to think, I can’t think of any place more peaceful than a cemetery. There’s a reason we call it the quiet of the grave. It was in one of these garden’s of the dead where my life found purpose and meaning over 23 years ago. Each year I go that that sacred place, to revisit the cause for my desire to awaken, and my hope that we—that I—can be a more loving and compassionate being. I always go there alone, but I’m never truly alone when I’m there. It was this affinity for sacred spaces and final resting places that drew me to Chris Breaux, the owner of Monumental Life, so I asked if he would share his good works with me on Find the Good News. Chris asked me to take a road trip to visit with him at Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles, Louisiana so I could experience his service to the dead first hand. Orange Grove Cemetery is home to the largest display of flags for American veterans in the United States, and it is the abode for the bones of many of Southwest Louisiana’s founding fathers and mothers. In seeking his own founding mothers and fathers, Chris found a new calling, a way to honor those that have come before us, that lived, loved, laughed, suffered, and cried,… just like us. Since his initial motivation, I would describe Chris’s work as a personal piety, and crusade of sorts, a mission to remind us that everything shiny we chase after is fleeting, temporary, dust and that the most glorious crown we could ever have isn’t made of earthly jewels, or polished gold. Our greatest treasure is a life well-lived, a good heart, and service to one another. Beneath blues skies, with a chorus of birds, and cooled by the shadow cast of 200-year-old oaks, I sat down with Chris for an extended visit and discovered he has made a journey, not unlike mine, or possibly yours. There have been joys, there have been sorrows, and there has been a change of heart. Not only did he share his motivations with me, but he also graciously allowed me to assist him in his holy work, in honoring the lives of those that came before us through the revitalization of their monuments. It was a memento mori, a day to remember that we too must die, but before we cross through that gate and enter the great mystery we should find the capacity within ourselves to truly appreciate the good we see before us, and also do whatever good we can.

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