Sunday, February 24, 2013

A French Country Weekend

       Yesterday we went to the funeral of one of My-Reason-For-Living-In-France's closest childhood friends, a woman I liked very much for her joie de vivre and constant good humor.

        The mass was in the chapel of the Eglise Saint-Roch in Paris. The late Baroque church is immense, but all the way to the back there is a beautiful, intimate space with angels floating on what looks like blue clouds of thick frangipane watching over the alter and the worshippers. 

        Apart from the strength and affection friends and family bring to those who have lost a loved one, which always brings me to tears, I wanted to tell you two remarks the priest made that I thought might touch you as much as they did me.
The chapel inside the Eglise Saint-Roch in Paris.
        In his sermon he told us to say "thank you" more often, every day, to everyone, particularly to those we love who, he said, are often forgotten or taken for granted. He reminded us the importance of simple appreciation, expressed with mindfulness. "Don't ever regret, when it's too late, that you didn't say thank you for all of your blessings," he said.

      Then, toward the end of the Mass, he told us to remember that "absence is not a void." Yes.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Tish. My condolences to you and your husband.

xoxox --

Heather Lindstrom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your friend sounds like an amazing woman who lived life to the fullest. The words of the Priest are touching and so true. Such reminders to show those we love a little more appreciation.
Take good care, Heather

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Der Tish,
So sorry to hear your sad news that you have both lost a good friend. You must have many fond memories to look back on and how lovely that she was a part of your life. I always try not to take people for granted and to always say thank you and will continue to do so.
Thinking of you both. XXXX

Murphy said...

I am very sorry for your loss!
Good advice to say thank you more - I am lucky to be seeing a lot of people today that I can practice with.

Katherine said...

Thank You for sharing this touching time with us. One of the most defined messages I've ever seen is - 'What if you woke today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday'.

I'm sorry you lost someone so dear to you, but I think you are the kind of person who will celebrate your friends life. Raise a glass of cheer to her often.

Splenderosa said...

What beautiful messages, Tish. We all need to remember how much we cherish our friends & tell them often.

Déjà Pseu said...

My condolences for the loss of a friend. I like what the priest had to say and agree. The church looks beautiful and peaceful too.

That's Not My Age said...

Wise words.

That's Not My Age said...

Wise words.

5th and State said...

so sorry tish
the loss of a close friend is particularly harsh
hugs to you

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

My true sympathies for the loss of your friend.
Yes, the priest is so right.
A life lived in gratitude is a beautiful, happy life. In my experience, the more thankful we are, the more we have to be thankful for.
Love to you.

Karen Albert said...

Dear Tish I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. The priest's words of wisdom are ones to remember always.

Love and Hugs,

Art by Karena

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

My heart goes out to you at this sad time.
The priest's words are a great reminder for us to express our gratitude every day and thank you for sharing them with us.
Sending you hugs.
Take care.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

So sorry to read of your loss.
On a happy note, I love your blog
Happy Sunday, and thank you for such lovely posts
Jamie Herzlinger

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This is just a little spooky and ironic...but just before I opened your post...I read a post from a blogger in my city about how her dad is going to pass any minute...he is on a ventilator. I told her that before he left to say THANK YOU. Then I opened your post, and smiled.

Joni said...

My deepest sympathies to you, Tish. The priest's words of wisdom are certainly a great reminder for all of us. We all get so busy in our everyday lives that we tend to forget something so important as saying thank you.

On that note, thank you for bringing a smile to my face whenever I read your posts.

Amelia said...

My very sincere condolences to you and your husband for the loss of his dear friend. What a wonderful way to put it "absence is not a void"...because we should fill it with the beautiful memories that are left behind.

And if I haven't not said it here enough, my heartfelt thank yous to you Tish, for all the wonderful posts, and your precious time you're so willing to share with us your readers.

Have a relaxing and restful Sunday.

xx Amelia

Lorrie said...

My sympathies on the loss of your friend. What wise words the priest said. A good reminder to be thankful, and to express thanks to the people around us.

Thank you, Tish.

vicki archer said...

Very wise... it sounds as if his message was perfect. So sorry about the loss of your friend... xv

Chicatanyage said...

Good advice and so true.

Tish Jett said...

I can never say it enough: thank you, thank you, thank you.

You are a joy and a revelation.


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