I can't sleep.  It's beyond bedtime and I'm remembering a graveside service from this afternoon.  I stopped counting at 115 people who came to the place of Ernestina's final rest on a beautiful spring afternoon.  Combined with the prayer I lead, there were beautiful Spanish songs and heartfelt expressions of sadness and memories.  

In the prayer of farewell, I always stress the promise by Dominican Priest Bede Jarret that "life is unending because love is undying."  And then I repeat it again because I see it as the meaning of all spirituality.  What makes life eternal is that we can love, and love very deeply.  Our faith is that love never dies and we continue to love those who live in the time beyond time.  The Easter promise of the empty tomb is that we will live forever because we love.

I share with you "Who wants to live forever," popularized by The Ten Tenors, Queen, Sarah Brightman and many others.  Words and music by Brian May.

There's no time for us.  There's no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever.  Who wants to live forever....?

There's no chance for us.  It's all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever.  Who wants to live forever?
Who dares to love forever? When love must die

But touch my tears with your lips.  Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever.  And we can love forever

Forever is our today
Who wants to live forever  Who wants to live forever?
Forever is our today
 


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