Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My Daughter will be playing the Violin for the "Lady Next Door"

The Lady Next Door was put to rest in New Jersey last month, but all her friends and neighbors are here, so the family has planned a memorial service for her this Saturday. Our daughter, Rebecca, was asked to play the violin for the service. She is downstairs right now practicing one of the songs that we asked if she could play, it's called "The lover's waltz" Many times our neighbor would talk about her late husband, Vito, long gone years before. I often thought about how lonely it must be to be without your beloved spouse for so many years. So, "The Lover's Waltz" sounds appropriate for her now united with her Vito.

My mom made the comment recently about death, "How good it is to be a Catholic when it comes to death." I have to agree, not really understanding the protestant way of thinking of the transition from this life to our eternal life, I was asked this question by a fellow homeschooling parent: Why do you pray to dead people?" Naturally, as a Catholic Christian, I was shocked at this question. Dead people!!?? What the heck?? Dead people are those who chose not to believe and follow God and the teachings of Jesus, His son. Dead people are those souls that are in Hell for the eternity they chose by turning their backs on God. Surely, we Catholics are not the only group that believe that God takes all souls to Him immediately and places judgement upon them then and then we wait for the final judgement at the end of the Earth's time. Are we?

7 comments:

Therese said...

That is great that your daughter is playing the violin. Best wishes to her for it.

I totally agree with you about protestants and death. Although I was surprised to meet a protestant once that belived in the intercession of the saints in heaven.

Divine Mercy said...

good post!

Jaimie said...

How wonderful that Rebecca was asked to play at the memorial service for a lovely neighbor. I hope she does well. Raised fundamentalist but now Catholic for many years, I sometimes shake my head in sadness at their rigid blindness to life and death issues as well as many others. My brother is being sworn in next month as an elder at his Baptist church and I am delighted that he not only can talk to me about religion (I was an outcast when I converted) but also accepts some discreet encouragement to open his mind. Every little step counts.

Jaimie said...

How wonderful that Rebecca was asked to play at the memorial service for a lovely neighbor. I hope she does well. Raised fundamentalist but now Catholic for many years, I sometimes shake my head in sadness at their rigid blindness to life and death issues as well as many others. My brother is being sworn in next month as an elder at his Baptist church and I am delighted that he not only can talk to me about religion (I was an outcast when I converted) but also accepts some discreet encouragement to open his mind. Every little step counts.

Esther said...

What a sweet thing for your dd to do. May your friend rest in peace.

Ebeth said...

Jaime, I just love your blog!! I am a crosstitcher, smocker, quilter, I teach sewing classes at the community college, and have been doing applique lately......

Thanks for stopping by, I will add you to my blog roll....Hope I join yours!!

Glad to meet YA!!

Jaimie said...

Hi again Ebeth! Thanks for visiting me at my stitching blog! You are already on my Catholic Mothers blogroll on my homemaking blog Season of Singing. But you know, I have met alot more people over there in cross stitch land. Lovely, lovely ladies. Check out some of my links. If you like cross stitch, you will LOVE some of the work you see! {{Hugs}}