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?