With a Note from Maureen : I attended the funeral for Betty Barrett this morning at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, here in Ottawa.
I have known Frank for many years( sometimes I call him Francis because you know, St. Francis ), but I have only during the past few years come to know Betty. A couple of years ago Pat and I visited Frank and Betty in their beautiful home near their beautiful church.
They greeted us on the front porch ( because, you know, covid ) and we had a delightful visit. Betty, the quiet silent lady and a perfect match for Frank, impressed us with her gentle spirit and love for God and family.
Frank got out a few family photo albums and as he turned the pages, with his Betty beside him, what I saw were two loving parents, cherishing from a distance their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren..... all the while, thanking God for everything! The homily today was a beautiful tribute to a lifetime of faithful service to the lord.
Betty had been a parishioner of Assumption Parish in Vanier since the church was built in 1931 Her family home in Vanier was where Betty and Frank began their life together as husband and wife. So beautiful! Imagine the memories! Today in his homily, father said that the readings of today show us what life is all about: what is important.
What does one look for to experience the joy of living? What is the most valuable thing? Well for Betty it was her constancy in her love of family, and her faithfulness to the Lord and Holy Mother Church. Betty exemplified what it is to be a faithful follower of Christ Time is the most precious gift you can give in life.
What gives meaning in life is one's connection with God. "Vanity" which you often hear in scripture means "empty" Every earthly thing vanishes when we die