|A reminder of our suffering even in the midst of joy|
Both Friday and Saturday night we offered Rosaries late in the evening for the family of the small child. They have no family here and their friends all work in the restaurant business. The beauty in the midst of this tragedy was how the parishioners of both races came out to support them. It truly gave support to the young couple. Yet, their journey of healing as a long way to go. Their daughter will be laid to rest in Mexico and the flight is scheduled this Wednesday. Twelve days after the tragedy. The family will return to Mexico as well. As one Glenmary offered, "A year ago, who would have been here to help them?"
Yet, in recognizing that life may be short increased the preciousness of first communion. Knowing that life is a gift and no amount is time, this celebration was filled with extra meaning. One five year old was baptized, his sister and another were baptized and received their first communion. Along with these three were thirteen other children receiving Jesus for the first time in the Real Presence of His Body and Blood.
Be safe and tell the children they are precious and loved by God.