I live just down the street from our parish cemetery. When our children were young it was a great place for a walk. Not only did it ease our concerns about traffic but it gave us the opportunity to introduce our children to some of their ancestors. As we walked through the cemetery we would pause at a grave and listen to Bob share memories about the person buried there. We heard often about making popcorn balls with Grandma Arnold every Christmas. As the two of them sat next to each other with buttered hands Grandma would work quickly with the hot syrupy popcorn making faces and noises as she did so. Bob’s story brought laughter and love in the memory. We also had the opportunity to remember the neighbor who shared her garden goodies with many, the great-uncle that was the best greeter St. Marcus ever had, and more. We shared more than stories, but the gifts each of these people brought to the world and the love that touched us through them.
During this Year of Mercy the Corporal Works of Mercy are concrete ways we can help our children experience and share in God’s mercy. When we honor the dead and reverence their lives and stories we have the opportunity to continue their legacy by the way we live. What a great time to remember and to share stories of those who have shaped the persons we are becoming.
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC