Post by Kevrob Post by Gene Wirchenko Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
Incredibly, hardly anyone has noticed!
More might have if "they" had not dealt with the body, but it has
been a century after all. There is nothing to trip over.
Some of my very Catholic relatives will casually make mention
of this deceased relative or that one "having their anniversary"
on an upcoming date. Having left the church many years ago,
this would make me scratch my head, until it was pointed out
to me they mean "anniversary of Uncle Joe's arrival in heaven."
There are a lot of assumptions packed in a statement like that.
A "we should hope" might need to be appended, but for politeness.
If they're very Catholic, and Uncle Joe was not an acknowledged
saint, he's going to have spent some time in Purgatory.
I knew one old priest who, when it came time for us to turn to
our neighbors and shake hands and say "Peace," wasn't content to
wish peace to the nearby acolytes; he would walk up and down the
aisles shaking hands with everybody.
After a while he died, and I am convinced that he stayed in
Purgatory just long enough to shake hands with every single soul
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com