One of tonight's subjects is the memorial for our Illinois family and friends. My sister transported her ashes back to the Midwest, so she is already in Illinois! The memorial will be at Malone's Funeral Home in Geneva, Illinois, at 3pm on Saturday, 15 October, with a rosary read at 2pm. A reception at Malone's will follow. Her obituary is already listed on their website, and you are free to submit remembrances and images there. I'll be flying up next week, so hope to see all our friends and family there...
One of the tasks sis-in-law Maj left me
was a religious pilgrimage... Melinda wore a Miraculous Medal on a gold chain that she never removed. That original is going to niece Kathy, but she also carried a spare medal in her wallet. Two days after Melinda's passing, I took Maj down to San Xavier Mission and as she sorted her jewelry later, she wanted me to return to pin the medal on the hem of Mary's garment at the Mission. So today was the day for that journey! The Mission, shown at left, is quite spectacular, and undergoing some interior and exterior renovations... The medal is shown at right. Around the border is the wording: "O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!"
Shown at left is the statue of Mary in one of the niches of the Mission. There are a couple things to note - there are already a number of medals attached to her hem at the bottom of the image. Also on her garment is the "Man in the maze" image, a very common image on the Tohono O'odham reservation. Shown in close-up at right, it represents the decisions made in your life's journey. When you eventually reach the center, you pass on the next world.
It took just a few seconds to pin the medal on her hem, make a silent prayer and take a few images to record the deed for Maj. At left is the close-up and a little wider shot at right showing some of the other attached medals. The Mission was hopping for a Thursday afternoon, and folks were queuing up for a chance, so I moved along, moving outside for the wide exterior shot shown above. My quest finished, I returned to town to the mundane tasks of changing insurance, banking account mods and dealing with disability and life insurance claims. A trip to the local Social Security Office tomorrow, and the light at the end of the tunnel approaches...
|3D anaglyph of San Xavier from Southeast|
|3D anaglyph of San Xavier from Southwest|