A dear friend has died. Today is her wake. Tomorrow, her funeral.

She lived with cancer for many years. Though battling the disease dominated her life, it did not define her life.

She defined her life in a way that many of us do: Family. Friends. Faith. And finding ways to touch and improve the lives of others.

She understood that the point of life is living. And that we have a choice about how we live our lives.

At Mass this morning, we heard the scripture story, from the first book of Kings, of Elijah and the angel. Dejected, Elijah asks God to take his life, but the angel arrives with a message, saying to the despondent Elijah:

~ “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”

My friend carried the cross of cancer for many years, never complaining, always getting up and going on with her life's journey.

She has passed on now to whatever comes next. She will be missed. And she will be remembered.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, August 9, 2009


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