Yesterday, as some of you know was my birthday, and tomorrow is our 41st anniversary, so I always think of November 25 as Between Day. Usually Between Day is a sort of nothing day, and that's okay with me.
Today, I find myself between two women, both named Barbara, who lost their husbands recently. These two women have little in common except for the two most important things. They both are faithful Christians, and they both had strong Christian marriages and families.
On my birthday, Bill and I went to the funeral of our friend Kent. A friend said to me in an email that at our age having a kind of memento mori like might be good, and that is pretty much what I had been thinking. At 26, it would have horrified and terrified me to go to a funeral on my birthday, but at 62, I found it rather comforting. Kent and Barb led an exemplary Catholic life. They had hosted a Rosary group for young people in their home for over 20 years. They started when their children were teenagers and just never stopped. So many young people have been nourished by this group, including the priest who gave the homily at the funeral. Father said that Barb had told him that she was at peace because she had done everything she could to help her husband get to Heaven. What a blessing to be able to say that.
Barbara F. is a graduate of the seminary where I work. I don't know her well. Most of our dealings have been of a business nature: admissions matters, and an interview, some correspondence about a class my boss teaches, but we did talk occasionally about the fact that we had the same wedding anniversary. So, I'm thinking about her and praying for her because I know that tomorrow will be very hard for her. I hope that some of you will say a prayer from them too.
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Here are some friends that came over for breakfast and again for dinner on my birthday. It's hard to get a great picture through two panes of glass both of which need to be cleaned.
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I was going to write a bit about the pilgrimage, but I have some pictures which I cannot get off my camera that I want to use. The other day, I took the card out of my camera to download some pictures and forgot to put it back in, so when I took new pictures (including the deer), they were stored on my phone instead of the card and the only way to get them off is to email them to myself, which I cannot do from home since we have very little reception. So, I re-inserted the card and emailed the pictures to myself when we went to Memphis, but forgot to tell the phone to start storing pictures on the card instead of the phone, so when I took pictures today, they were stored on the phone. Tomorrow maybe.