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Tuesday:)Toni’s Tribute and Ofrenda to Trini and Eli and Family

2 Nov

“Life’s short when compared to eternity, but eternity is only worth it because of life.”

~Scott Thompson


Today is All Souls Day. The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, takes place on November 2, for the Catholic festival of All Souls’ Day. The festival commemorates the dead, and calls on Roman Catholics to pray for those who have died.

My OFRENDA greets me in the morning, and I look over at the photos and memories of my family. My family photo wall is there all year long, but this is the first year that I created a little OFRENDA of my own. After seeing so many beautiful displays of friends and family, I thought is was time for my own.

I love these photos, and they are a daily reminder of my honored ancestors. Of course, my angel mother is my dearest memory.
Some of the offerings and memories. Flowers, candles, holy cards, Mom’s rosary, chocolate for Mom, and a small bottle of Patron tequila for my dad. (Dad was very big on offering tequila to guests.)

I play a goofy little game in my head all the time. This time it was, I’m not going to set my alarm for 7 am, as I have the past two days. I’m tired. But, I decided that if I happen to wake before 7:30 today, I’ll go to early morning Mass at St. Gabriel. I didn’t go to bed till after 1am, so I seriously doubted an early adventure. I tossed and turned a while, then finally looked at the time. It was 7:10. Oops! I guess I woke up in time for church. I was tempted to go back to sleep when my ring doorbell chimed with a passing car and my back neighbor was having his lawn mowed at 7:15. “If you’re waiting for a sign… this is it.”

So, I jumped out of bed, got dressed and skedaddled to church. I arrived in time to light a candle and put Mom and Dad’s name in the prayer book. It was a good solemn/joyful Mass, honoring all the souls who have gone before us.

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
― Anne Frank

I hope you take a few minutes to honor the beautiful souls who have gone before you.

Sunday Sermon: Hit The “NAIL” Right On The Head

3 Nov

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena
Today is All Souls Day, the day we pray for all those who have passed away. Father had an interesting homily after the Gospel reading. He said that sometimes we wait too long to tell people we love them or forgive those who have hurt us. Often times, we regret not visiting, spending time, saying “I love you,” or mending those fences. Then someone passes away, and it’s too late.

I always tell my family, loved ones, and friends how I feel, and they know how much I love them. That I can do. But, when Father said we need to mend fences and forgive those who have hurt us, I thought he was talking directly to me. He hit the nail right on the head. That I can’t do! Sorry, Father.

But, I’ll keep praying…and maybe someday…then again…maybe not.

Well, besides being November 2nd, it was Daylight Saving Time, and we had to turn the clocks back an hour. Ah…an extra hour of sleep, right? Not! How many of you actually slept longer? Not me. So, I woke up early and went for an early walk before church. It was COLD out! The sky was gloomy, but the sun tried to sneak out from the clouds in a spooky kinda fascinating hazy glow. Cool!

Oh yes! Speaking of hitting the NAIL right on the head, you know how I pick up stray construction nails on my walks? Well, this week was the nailpalooza of them all. Here is what I found just this week. My sister suggested that I save them, as I normally toss them in the construction bins. This way I can see how many I find. Maybe I’ll make a craft project with them.

Yep! I “nailed it” this week.