Wisdom in an Obit

So I was reading the obituaries in the local paper. Don’t laugh too hard if you are in your twenties or so and reading this. You will reach that point too. So I run across an obituary of a lady who just died. She was 101 years old! Born in Richmond of Italian parents, she was known to repeat her mother’s wisdom:

Dio e buono. Dio non ti manda piu di quanto si puo sopportare. So non brontolare!” Or, “God is good. He doesn’t send you more than you can stand. So don’t complain!

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for this 101-year-old lady. God bless her.

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Corpus Christi Procession 2013

Why yes, we did indeed process through Richmond, Virginia’s Museum District. Top, the beginning of the procession. Off-camera to the left, several trombone players played Adoro Te Devote, which worked very well – we could all hear them and keep the singing together. We had music sheets with the melody (in modern notation) and the Latin words. Bottom picture – some of the people in the procession. Some passers-by didn’t know what to make of it. Some did and smiled. One man bowed his head as the Monstrance was carried past him. The procession went around the city block, then back inside for a period of adoration, the Divine Praises, etc.

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(These are still frames from iPhone video).

We Have a New Pope!

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We have a new Pope! Pope Francis. God bless him. He speaks strongly and with great kindness. I like him a lot already. His Twitter account is now active, https://twitter.com/Pontifex. From news.va, story on his first Angelus here.

The right of this picture shows some bunting going up on St. Benedict Church, Richmond, VA, in yellow and white, Vatican colors. To the left, some cherry trees that have begun blooming on Monument Avenue.

Stations – Updated

Way of the CrossFollowing the Stations of the Cross.

The image below is one of the Stations at Saint Benedict Parish in Richmond, Va. (See the other station links on the right side of the page). St. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus with her veil. She is the patron saint of photographers.

Photographers, do our images bring happiness or grief to the face of Jesus?

Update: good article here on the 6th Station, from the John Paul II Shrine blog.

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