I wish you joy!
Our choirs have been off for the summer. During these months we have relied on individual cantors to provide the music for our summer liturgies. But this week the group rehearsals begin again. It will be wonderful to come together and praise God through song. Our choir of 32 members works so well together. The blends, the different voices create sounds that are exquisite as we lift our voices up into the heavens. For me personally music brings freedom....to pray in song, to enhance the already beautiful liturgy, a feeling of being connected to the Divine. It is a great feeling! So, if you have never sung in a choir before, consider joining one, lifting your prayers up in song.
I wish you joy!
Happy Birthday Jim, SJ! Wish you were local so we could celebrate with you.....but Australia beckoned you. You are a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend, Jim. You've touched many lives and helped many people in your 44 years.
It's just hard to think of you as OLD. lolololol No, you're not old, Jim. I mean when I was in my 20s I thought 42 was older than dirt!!!
We send you love on the wings of an angel. Remember that even though you are on the other side of the world, we are still connected.
Love you.......Enjoy your birthday season!!!!
Today marked the first day of high school for Jimmy.
And it turned out to be a good day!!!!
Tonight hundreds of children went to bed anticipating their first day of school tomorrow. (In other areas they don't return until early September.)
What do you remember about those days?
* Because I attended Catholic school, I never had to worry about what to wear. Uniforms were the outfit of the day.
* I remember feeling so excited and happy to be back at school.
* I remember the smell of the new pencils, and crayons.
* I remember the anxiety of "where will I have to
sit? Will I know the people who I'm placed with?"
* Will the school lunch be good?
So many things come to mind. They are happy memories. I hope the children returning tomorrow will enjoy the new school year. And I pray they will be safe!
"Why don't they have a contest for blondes at Irish Fest in Milwaukee?" Ally moaned after learning it was all about her brother and sister who are both redheads.
I'm not sure she'll get over this one.
When her children would complain that something wasn't fair.....my friend would say "If life were fair, there would be no wheelchairs." Simple yet powerful. I've never forgotten those words. In the past few days Jim and I have experienced the loss of two children of friends, the most recent being two days ago. A young vibrant husband and daddy of 2, early 30s, a teacher in a school for children with behavior issues, playing basketball, going up for a basket, and dying. Life ISN'T fair. We never know what lies ahead from minute to minute. And so, I am reminded again to make each moment count, to make a difference in the world, to reach out and help someone in need, to love unconditionally, to let the little unimportant things slide.....and to have blind faith, knowing, hoping that one day we will have all the answers to all the questions.
I wish you peace.......................
Helpless is how I felt today as I stood at the casket of the surviving son of our friends.
Why the feeling of helplessness?
Because I couldn't DO anything to change it!
Because I just don't get it!
22 years ago we met Tom and Sharon Fischer. The meeting occurred because we all became part of the same club....bereaved parents. Their daughter was engaged to be married. But by a tragic twist of faith she suddenly died of unknown causes. Two nights ago their surviving son, Jeff, died suddenly.
There are NO words to comfort this couple. WHY WHY WHY.....a question with no answer. Is it any wonder that they are enraged with the Almighty? The "irrational" part of me thinks there should be a divine law that if you have lost one child, you won't lose another, let alone their only surviving child. But the "rational" part of me thinks the same thing. Actually, how can rationale enter into it at all!
In my humanness, the shock of Jeff's death has baffled me, angered me, scared me.
I don't believe this is God's will. That's a horrible thing to blame God for. Yet, if God were sitting across from me right now, I'd ask Him/Her to make sense out of the senseless, to breathe His/Her healing spirit into Jeff's lungs and bring him back...."just like you did with Lazarus, Lord."
This couple will never recover from this. After all, how many times can a parent's heart break? It never fully mends from the first tragedy.....only to be thrown right back into the spinning wheel of grief!
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable