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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter Evening


















I didn't dye any eggs.


My father passed away on Easter Sunday in the evening. I didn't know, but his father also passed away on Easter Sunday. He and his mother shared the same birthday. His 87th birthday was last Saturday. He died the next day.

So no eggs. More travel.

People are wonderful, but I may never eat ham again. Anyone need some ham?

Mom is holding up very well. She has a whole parish to lean on.

They love ham, apparently.

Someday soon, I'll be back home.

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

My condolences, Sister, in your loss. Eternal rest grant him, O LORD, and let perpetual light shine upon him. I will offer my Sunday Mass for the repose of your father's soul.
Linda

mm said...

sorry to hear about your dad.

Remembering you and your family in prayers tonite.

Enternal rest upon him oh Lord......

Leigh said...

Sr. MM,

My sympathies are with you. No matter how long the illness or infirmity, we're never ready to lose a parent. May your father feel the loving embrace of the Lord. Could there be a more fitting day than Easter to pass on to eternal life? I will pray for your father and your family tonight. As for the ham, you might be on your own on that one. ;-) How curious it is in our culture, especially in the Midwest, that the minute someone dies, the ladies start cooking. The grieving are smothered in casseroles, or in your case, ham, when they feel like eating the least. I guess it makes folks feel less helpless or something.

God bless you.

PraiseDivineMercy said...

My condolences. I will remember your Father in my rosary intentions.

And know we will miss you. Do come back, even you just feel like ranting a little. You don't have to be humorous all the time...
Blessings and Peace,
Melody

the mother of this lot said...

In my experience, Sister, nothing prepares you for the death of your father.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul.

God Bless.

Robert said...

My condolences also, sister, and assurance that your father and your family will be remembered in my prayers tonight. God bless you all.

Anthony OPL

mary said...

My sympathies, Sister. eternal rest grant to him.

Barb, sfo said...

With my condolences and prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, and may all who mourn his loss be consoled.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Christ God, with the saints give rest to the soul of your servant in a place where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing but everlasting life.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I'm sorry for your loss, sister. Your father and your family will be in our prayers as well.

ColleenD said...

Sister, I have missed you this week. By the tail of the week I began to worry about you and your mother. I have been praying for both of you.
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers will continue for you and your mother. I will offer my Divine Mercy Sunday Mass and prayers for your father.
How Glorious that Jesus took him to be with Him in His Resurection!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Come back when you're ready. We will be waiting patiently.

Journey of Truth said...

SMM, We will keep you and yours in our prayers and ask Our Lord's Peace on all. I am sorry for you loss. I will offer Mass today for you, your father, and family.

God bless you.

Christine M said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Alexa <*}}}> said...

Wow. You've had a lot on your plate, Sister. I will pray for fortitude and peace for you and your mother tonight in our rosary intentions - and I will pray for the soul of your dear father.

My grandfather passed away on a Good Friday - years ago.

It's always so hard.

At least in this Easter Season we are reminded of the Resurrection, which is pretty cool...to say the least. :o)

Alexa

Joyful Days said...

I am so very sorry your father passed away.

Prayers for your family, Sister.

Julie

Debbie said...

Dear Sister,
I am so sorry for your loss. You, your father's soul, and your family will be in my prayers.
In Christ,
Debbie

babybreederbabe said...

I am so sorry, Sister Mary Martha. I will pray for you, your family, and the repose of your father's soul.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, Sister.
God bless you.

Meredith Gould said...

All blessings and prayers for comfort, peace, and gentle fortitude, Sister. And thank God you were inundated with ham, not lamb. Recoiling from lamb could be a problem.

Kim said...

Many condolences Sister. I will keep you, your family, and your father's soul in my prayers.

Katherine said...

Oh, Sister, I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm a frequent lurker here--never posted before today--but just wanted you to know that prayers are headed your way from Fort Worth. I'll remember you and your parents this evening at Mass.
As far as the ham...does Teddy like ham? I imagine that eating nothing but for a long time wouldn't be good for him, but perhaps a little?
Look on the bright side. It's ham, and it's identifiable as such. Around here, people tend to bring something called "barbecue." When you ask "Barbecued what?" they just look at you blankly and say "barbecue."
Hope that gives you at least a small smile! God bless.

Anna B. said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Tienne said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Sister. Love and prayers for you and your mom in this difficult time.

Evelyn said...

My condolences, Sister. May he rest in peace and may you and your mother find comfort.

Lawrence said...

God Bless him SMM. And God Bless you!

Monica said...

Our family's prayers are with you as well.

Peace,

Barb said...

My sympathy, Sister, to you and your family.
May the angels lead him into paradise...

Okay Here I Go... said...

Sister, you and your family have our deepest sympathies and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him; and may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

And may His peace embrace you, dear Sister.

Love, Jenny

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear about your father, SMM. You and your mother are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

My prayers for you and your mother.

Pax, Cecilia

Denise said...

My prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry.

MAB said...

So sorry, Sister. I will pray for him, and for you and your mother. God Bless.

Akasha said...

Please accept my condolences.

Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Mags said...

I am so so sorry to hear about your loss Sister. My prayers for Your Dad, and of course for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family.

lafortunamarf said...

Prayers for you all.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a nice day to be with Our Lord, but I guess any day we get to be with Our Lord would be a good day? I hope and pray he is!

Nan said...

leigh, the ladies know that the bereaved need to eat but aren't smart enough to figure it out. When my dad died, a neighbor's mom came to my mom's house with calico beans, handed them over, told me the temp. and amount of time to cook for and I put them in the oven. Then we ate. We hadn't felt hungry and didn't have what it took to cook. This is why the ladies bring things over.

SMM can always freeze the ham. Or make scalloped potatoes or barley soup with it.

Nan said...

Sister,

I'm so sorry about your loss. It doesn't matter whether you expect it, it's still a huge shock to lose your dad. Over time there will be a reduction in grief, but expect to be sad at random in the future. For me it can be something as random as hearing geese, because goose hunting was one of my dad's favorite things.

BusyBeeMama said...

Sister,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, but glad for the Easter reminder of the resurrection. My grandmother died Easter morning when she was 88. I think she held on *specifically* to rise with Christ.

I am an Orthodox Christian, and my priest told me that the dream of every priest is to die in the altar on Bright Monday...which many priests have done. There is something about it...

I am sorry for your loss.

Patty Joanna

teachinmom said...

I'm so sorry.

Your father will be in our prayers.

So will you and the rest of your family.

Peace

happy appy wife said...

Saint Theresa's Prayer

"May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us."

SMM, Know that your Father(s) above love you. May the Holy Spirit bring you comfort and Peace.

reprehriestless warillever said...

I'm sorry for your loss, sister.
We will be praying for you and your family.

Catholic Mom said...

May God bless you and strengthen you in this time of loss and grief. You and your family are in my prayers.

Sparki said...

So sorry to read of your loss. I will pray for your dad, your mom & you.

Sarah said...

So sorry for your loss.

fr. ken said...

Dear Sister,

Prayers for your dad, your mom, family, your community, and for you.

I think that no matter how well prepared we are when a parent dies, it is still a shock and a tremendously painful loss.

God bless you

La Bibliotecaria Laura said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers! May eternal Light shine on your dear father.

Diva Mom Vicki said...

I'm so sorry, Sister!

You've entertained and informed so many of us who enjoy your blog. I hope all of our prayers help bring you and your Mom comfort and grant your Dad everlasting peace.

sr betsy said...

May your father rest in peace.

sr betsy

Lucia said...

I'll be praying for your dad

meg said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Please be safe while you are traveling.

Fr. Daren J. Zehnle said...

I will remember your father at Mass tomorrow, Sister.

eastmoormom said...

thinking of you and yours!!!
how proud he must be of you seeing all of your devoted!!

dan e. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you.

Stacie said...

Sister,

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family through your time of grief and with your father's soul.

Ebeth said...

From the 'Pillars' to you and your family, My God bless your family, your father's soul, and you for being so good a daughter.

The dates that you mentioned is exactly the thing that I discovered recently when my father-in-law died in February, when you have time, here is my post about it: http://acatholicmumclimbingthepillars.blogspot.com/2008/03/birthday-deathday-and-bluegrass-for.html

Hugs and Prayers for you!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Please accept my condolences. I will pray for you, your father, and your mother.

Ouiz said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, your Dad, and your Mom. May God grant you His peace and comfort.

Traveling Man said...

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Take Care,

Traveling Man

Lorette said...

My condolences and prayers are with you, Sister. May the grace of God help you during this difficult time.

Not-So-Rad Trad said...

I'm sorry to hear about your father. I will keep both him and you in my prayers.

Therese said...

so sorry for your loss Sister. Many prayers for you, your mother and the repose of your father's soul.

kimberly said...

My sincere condolences, Sister. Praying for you...

Anonymous said...

Sister, I'm praying for ya.

Anonymous said...

SMM,
Amen, to all of the above.
May God hold you and all of your family in His hands. And give you comfort and peace.
Sincerely,
Barbara K.

Abigail said...

I will pray for your father's soul and for your family.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Prayers to God for peace and comfort.

Beads Of Heaven said...

So sorry for your loss, sister. May your father rest in peace.

Convenor said...

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http://fsspvocations.blogspot.com/
http://tradvocations.blogspot.com/

God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister,
So very sorry to hear about your father passing.
I lost my father when I was 8 years old and my step-father when I was 43 years old.
Nothing prepares you.
Prayers and sympathy are with you.
Bless you!

stef said...

our condolences, sister. praying for the repose of your father's soul and for all of you dealing with loss.

Melora said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Requiescat in pace. . . . .I will pray the 'sub tuum' for your father's happy rest. And for you, dear Sister, the 'sub tuum' for your consolation here below.l

Sarah SSM said...

I'm so sorry, Sister. I will remember him and you and your family in my prayers.

bill7tx said...

Sister, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Was away for a while and just saw this.

Your mother probably needs you more than she lets on.

Shortly after my own father died, I received one of those fundraiser letters from a religious order. In it was a card with a quote on it that helped me a lot. Maybe it will mean something to you, or to someone else reading this: "Our loved ones are no further from us than God, and God is very near."

May our compassionate Mother comfort you and your Mom, and quiet your pain.

Anonymous said...

My sympathies to you and your mother. I hope you can find some reminders of hope and resurrection to console you. You'll be in my prayers.

Martha

Cmerie said...

Sister,

I am very sorry to hear about your father. My father-in-law passed away on Easter Thursday this year from cancer. We received a lot of food as well. Quite a few hams, and half a dozen lasagnas. God bless you, and be assured of my prayers.

Fr. Ken said...

We should put together a spiritual bouquet for Sister?

Lauralou said...

Prayers and love from Virginia for you and your family

Anonymous said...

Sister,

I am sure the Sacred Heart was waiting to receive your Father. I pray that Our Lady consoles your hearts during this difficult time.

Dave said...

SOrry for your loss sister. I will add you and your father to my prayers tonight.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Dave

ColleenD said...

SMM:
I'm just stopping by to check on you. I hope you and mom are doing okay and that your grief is healing, if only just a little bit each day.
I hope you made it through the ham okay. If you need it, maybe I can find some new recipes for ya'. How about lime jello with ham? or a fruity strawberries'ham shortcake? Maybe it can be used for compost for the roses or something?
Let us know what you come up with. Meanwhile, we'll be praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jane and Jeff,
I am sorry about the loss of Earl. God bless.

Jim McMahon said...

My prayers are with you, Sister, and your entire family. I wish there was something more that I could do for you.

Terry Nelson said...

I'm so sorry - I just checked in on your blog to see if you are back. My prayers for your mom and dad and you. May he rest in peace.

Wimsey said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.