On Saturday, Andy and I attended the funeral for dear little Ava. For such a horribly sad occasion, it was such a beautiful testimony to so many things-a beautiful little girl taken home to Jesus too soon, our Catholic faith, as well as the blessing of big families.
I love the parish we are at. We were blessed to get Fr. Dan last summer as our new pastor. He is such a wonderful priest! He handled the funeral beautifully. I know he spent a lot of time with the family over the past few days. He was so inspiring. In his homily, he spoke directly to the children. He told them that we will never know in this life why this happened. We are a blessed parish to have him leading us.
Looking at the family on Saturday, I was reminded of my family. I was reminded of what a blessing big families are. When things happen (both good and bad), it is so wonderful to have so many to lean on. You could see and feel the love in this family, supporting and holding each other up. It reminded me of when my parents' died. I don't know how I would have made it through without them.
As you make you way through the day today, please remember the family in your prayers. There will be difficult days ahead as they return to living, and they need our prayers to help them.