Thanks to everyone who wished us well and kept us in your thoughts and prayers on May 8th. We are slowly returning to something resembling ordinary life. Here are some photos from the luncheon following our wedding.
Gil hamming it up and teasing Kathleen
Gil Toasting Kathleen
(To make up for the teasing)
Saying goodbye to our friends
I'm glad you two love-birds had some sequestering time in, I hope, some beautiful Californian (or beyond) places. BTW, your most recent streaming audio and CD, The Harrowing of Hell and Veracity of Hope, is a winner, Gil.
My only quibble with it is the image you paint of each person falling (out of time/space at death) into the arms of the Good Shepherd and relinquishing the free will to say, "Thanks, but no thanks," and then climbing down and out of those Loving, Outstretched Arms in rejection of His never-ending Love. It is vvery close to a universalism that precludes the dignity - however unimaginable to those who love Our Lord - to say "No".
But, even so, as a former parochial vicar once said in my hearing at a Vigil Mass, "God loves even those who reject Him so much He even makes Hell as a place for them. For without that as a 'mercy', they would be no place, nowhere, at all."
Now, back to work! :O)
Gil, you have a remarkable knack for convincing beautiful, sophisticated, talented and intelligent women to marry you. I really don't get what they see in you, but more power to you! ;-)
It's all a great mystery to me, Mark. One explanation is that God figures I need to be in the custody of a certified saint. There is a great deal of circumstantial evidence in favor of this hypothesis, and I'm neither in the mood nor in the position to quibble with it. The explanation I teasingly explored at the post-wedding luncheon was that God tricked Kathleen (who is a retired MD) into falling for me by giving me a lung cancer -- "grave enough to require major surgery, but not so grave as to make me more of an actuarial risk than I already was."
In any case, I'm grateful. Kathleen is a truly extraordinary -- and extraordinarily good -- person. Praise God.
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