Since it is now summer and was Father's Day, I thought it time to share this post.
My brother's parish held a Remembrance Prayer Service for parish families who had lost loved ones in the last three months. There were 53 names listed but not everyone's family attended the service.
We went as a family and I thought it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have had.
There were many tears all around but it was also comforting to be around people who were grieving just like us.
The theme of the service was "Bright Seashells" and since we live near the ocean, it was very fitting. The songs and prayers were lovely.
The priest's homily really touched me. He said to not look for God in anger and hatred and self-righteousness but to look for God in family, friends whom you trust and nature.
As each person's name was called, the family and friends went up to the altar and selected a seashell from a basket of seashells.
We also received this lovely poem -
Now, I believe in coinky dinkies. Sitting right behind us was the family of a local 12-year-old boy who passed away from cancer three days before my brother. I mentioned this boy in my eulogy because while out with my niece one day, my brother stopped to help this boy who had fallen off his bike and couldn't get up.
I know that my brother is in heaven helping this boy get back on his bike.