View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Grave Concern

On Monday, the Good-Looking One and I went down to the Trappist Abbey of the Genesee (home of Monk's Bread!), one of our favorite places to go for silence, prayer and contemplation.

Oh, and to pick up some bread.

On the way back, we stopped at the graves of my mother and grandmother (they share a headstone). They are buried in Caledonia, I live in Rochester. I rarely have reason to go that way, and, to be honest, I'm not a "grave" person by nature. I figure they are in heaven (or are on the way), and their bodies are, well, just their bodies.

But as I looked about, I saw that other graves had signs of care and visits. Flowers, flags, figures.

I felt sad. Mom and Nana's headstone looked forlorn. Unloved. I started thinking of the way I had been in life with them. (Mom and I in particular had a difficult relationship.)

Today, I took some plastic flowers, a small vase, and the figure of an angel with a bird on its finger to decorate the grave site. I said a couple of prayers for them.

I asked them to pray for me. And to forgive me for the times I neglected them.

I will go back more often. I will keep them in my prayers. It's the least they deserve for all their love and sacrifices for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee, very touching post, and I can identify because I didn't visit my mothers grave for a long time. It wasn't till last summer that I was able to make regular visits and turned the grave site into a shrine. Good for you and I am sure your mom is smiling down on you now.

Br. Richard

8:46 PM  

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