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DAY 294 of NONNIE'S PHOTO A DAY: Beloved Dead of My Family



Day of the Dead: This practice originated in Mexico, and has since spread throughout the world.  I became better acquainted with Day of the Dead after a student’s parent led my class in the celebration of it.

I've always enjoyed coloring, especially with colored pencils. My youngest son told me that science reports that coloring can be a calming activity.  Ha! I knew that already, but it is good that it’s valued, and I’m not just an adult 
who didn’t want to give up “childish” activities.
 Recently I found a mandala coloring book. Above is a page from it with Day of the Dead theme.

For more information about Day of the Dead,
read about it here.


All Souls Day: Although many of us pray for the dead daily, on All souls day we gather in the church to honor the loved ones who died in the current year and light a candle for them.


I find comfort in this quote from St. Pope John XXIII that is on the white card: “Our dead are among the invisible, not among the absent.“

For more information about All Souls Day, read about it here.


my contribution to James'
It was taken across the street from the entrance 
to Beech Grove Cemetery,
our town's oldest cemetery.





Comments

I've always liked the Day of The Dead idea ever since we first heard of it.. the Popes quote really says the same thing they believe I think. Your coloring is beautiful and I have been tempted to try it.
Norma Ruttan said…
thanks, Jim.

I agree, Sallie, and as I said, it brings comfort to me. Do try the coloring. I've found the "adult" books at Walmart and grocery store; also they're available online. Let me know if you try it and whether you like doing it.
James said…
Super reflection! I grew up about 80 miles North of the Mexican border so I'm familiar with the day of the dead and I think the art associated with it looks cool. However from a biblical perspective I don't understand praying for the dead.
Norma Ruttan said…
Well, praying for the dead is in 2 Maccabees 12: 39-45.
It is comforting to be able to put up an alter for loved ones that have passed-at least, I find it to be so. Although, Having still boxes to unpack, I will have to wait until next year to do an altar.

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