|A beautiful Memorial Service!|
Yesterday was pretty quiet with not much going on here at the Cottage. As you might expect Sid was outside working on burning more brush in back. We have to be very careful because of extreme dryness and yet the brush doesn't burn. There is so much dirt piled in with the brush that it makes burning very difficult. Sid has been able to consolidate the piles a little more so that has helped and yesterday's attempts were the most successful yet. Hopefully he'll soon have those piles down to almost nothing.|
Today we went to a Memorial Service for Beau's two uncles who died within a month of each other. One had been ill for quite a while with cancer; the other's death was totally unexpected after a minor surgery. No matter the cause or the time fr
Both men were laid to rest in "urns" made by one of their brothers. What an honor that must have been for him to create the final resting place for his brothers! These boxes were beautiful and I know that Charles and Chris smiled down on their brother as they were laid to rest in those treasured creations.
By the way members of their family participated in the Mass too with readings and gift bearing being done by siblings and nieces/nephews. The music minister was fantastic. I am a person who loves music and it always hits my heart at the most delicate times. This young man had a beautiful voice and did not "perform" his songs (which is something I hate to see being done at church)--he just sang from his heart and his music melted mine.
The Mass was held at St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau LA. The church so reminded me of the old church in which I was baptized made my First Communion First Penance and Confirmation. By the time I got married the old church was gone and we were married in the present church the same church in which all of our children and many of our grandchildren were baptized. So I know how important it was for the family to bring their boys home!
While there we got see Beau who came down from Colorado to be with his family. As much as we enjoyed seeing him of course the circumstances were not what we would have chosen. Please pray that Beau has a safe return flight tomorrow.
When we left the service we headed back here hoping to make it in time for Mass at St. Mary's. We had planned to attend Mass there in Grand Coteau but the Mass was scheduled for 5pm not 4pm as indicated on their site on the Internet. Oh well I am glad we did make it here on time.
The priest taking Fr. Bob's place for several months is a joy to listen to. This priest also named Fr. Bob is so soft-spoken and gentle-sounding but he gives a wonderful homily words that we can carry into the coming week to guide us as we try our best to live our best lives. Today Gospel was about the Miracle of the Loves/Fish (or the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loves).
Fr. Bob explained it in a way I had never heard before. As it happened the only paper I had with me was the program from the Memorial Service but I'm sure Charles and Chris wouldn't have minded me using that.
The gist of Fr. Bob's homily was this: Philip a disciple when told of the problem of trying to feed the over 5000 listeners of Jesus said that they couldn't possibly feed them; there just wasn't enough food. Andrew on the other hand mentioned that there was a boy who had some fish and bread. All Jesus said to them was: "Bring it to me." And we all know what happened--everyone ate and there were 12 baskets left over. Hmmmmmm....
Fr. Bob said that the difference in the two disciples was the one looked at what he DID NOT have while the other looked at what he DID have which is what we should do. He went into detail of course and I won't but his theme was this: God tells us to "give Him WHAT IS and then see what WILL BE"--HE will provide. I love this! God does provide whatever we really need but we have to allow Him to use what we already have. "See what is and discover what will be!"
That's it for tonight! Hope you have a wonderful evening and terrific tomorrow.
QUOTE: "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders but they've never failed to imitate them." --James Baldwin
NOTE: Sometimes parents wonder where in the world their child learned some of the stuff them come up with. Well Guys and Gals look no further than the words/actions that come from you. We'd like to blame others for these things (sometimes) but we really can't. WE provide our children with most of the stuff they learn GOOD AND BAD. So listen to yourself; watch yourself. YOUR KIDS SURE WILL!!!