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28 year-old Chiara Corbella has died and at her funeral in Rome, there was joy amid the sorrow. “I am going to heaven to take care of Maria and David, you stay here with Dad. I will pray for you,” Chiara said in a letter for Francisco that she wrote one week before her death. Chiara’s husband, Enrico Petrillo, said he experienced “a story of love on the cross.” Speaking to Vatican Radio, he said that they learned from their three children that there is no difference in a life that lasts 30 minutes or 100 years.
As I went down in the river to pray, Studying about that good old way. And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord, show me the way.
We decided to go swimming today at a public ‘beach’ at a local lake early this morning. We like to get there early so that we can leave by the time the ‘bar crowd’ shows up, around 1pm-ish.
Mass – Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist
Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.