Today another family was created--the daughter of our niece Melba and her husband Mitch got married today. Hallie and Ronnie became a family in their own right at a Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church in New Roads this afternoon.|
Those of you who know me well know that I really do hate going to weddings/showers/parties of almost any kind. Once I'm there I'm okay and usually have a good time. That's pretty much what happened today as well. We didn't realize that it was going to be a Mass though since her sister just had a wedding service. This was a pleasant surprise for us--and it was a beautiful ceremony.
Fr. Bob who is taking OUR Fr. Bob's place for a few months was the celebrant of the Mass and performed the marriage rite. He gave a beautiful homily incorporating in it some of the answers to questions that Hallie and Ronnie had provided at one of the meetings that are required of couples. Since the answers were read at the Mass I feel good about sharing just a little of what they said.
They were asked what qualities they loved in each other and which qualities they thought the could give to one another. Amazingly their answers were very similar: the qualities they loved in each other were: honesty sense of humor ability to listen willingness to work things out together compassion (Ronnie liked this in Hallie) gentleness strength and a few others. To each other they felt they gave: honesty faithfulness friendship love humor and a couple of the same ones previously mentioned. Since most of these questionnaires are filled separately they seem to really be in tune with one another--and that's a great start to a marriage.
Fr. Bob started off by saying that these two young people were good friends and that friendship had reached the point where they wanted to be friends forever--that point being today celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage.
We attended the reception too of course which was held at the local Country Club. The food was delicious--too many to mention--and the friendly atmosphere was fantastic. We got to see folks we don't see very often and these weddings are helping us to get to know a little better some of the younger family members. Both Hallie and her sister Amber are really sweet girls and they seem to have found young men who will complement them and their personalities.
I had actually planned to wait until tomorrow to write my journal entry but I wanted to write things down while they were fresh in my memory. In spite of my reluctance to attend the wedding (even though I knew that I would) I have to admit that I had a very nice time. The bride was beautiful; the groom handsome and attentive to his bride; the families were thrilled with this union; the friends showed support and happiness for the couple. All-in-all it was what a wedding is supposed to be all about--a new family seeing the love and support that family and friends can and will provide a young couple making that commitment of love a religious experience that followed tradition and celebration of their faith. It was great!
Hope you have a great weekend! Please keep Hallie and Ronnie in your prayers that they have a wonderful honeymoon and return home safely.
QUOTE: "I love you not only for what you are but for what I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out." --Roy Croft
NOTE: This continues my thoughts on growth and maturity--we continue to become throughout our lives; how much easier that becomes when we do it with someone we love. Our spouse helps us to continue to become and hopefully we become better than we might have because of him or her. Love makes all things possible because we work together--and we grow--and we become more than we could have otherwise.