Category Archives: Graves and Cemeteries

Getting ready for November

November is due to arrive at the end of the week, and that is an important month for myself and this blog. The Solemnity of All Saints on the 1st and the Feast of All Souls on the 2nd are two of my favorite days on the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Not to mention that my Mom died in 2005 on the 7th. I noticed that 8 years ago, today, she was transferred from the ICU to a private room at the hospital from where she died.

And so I will attempt to write more on death, dying and the devotions regarding such things like I usually try to do. Most of the material that is not original to me (such as links from Spirit Daily, New Advent and other people’s blogs) may actually be posted to the social network Pages this blog has. Links to them are here:

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November 2011

It’s that time of the year, FourLastThingers! NOVEMBER!!!!!! My favorite time of the year. Others can have their Aprils and the Spring showers and flowers and others their July vacations and Summer trips, me, I go for the Month of the Dead. (November is my favorite month, Lent is my favorite season.)

And so, during this second-busiest time of the year here at The Four Last Things, I would just like to point out that if you were to go to the Categories over there in the right sidebar, clicking on “November” would bring you a wealth of past articles dealing with various Catholic topics such as Purgatory and death. (We all die someday, a reminder of that is why I began this death blog in the first place.)

As long as we’re on the subject of death and dying, there is one article I’d like to point out, it concerns an old devotion within the Church involving visiting a cemetery in early November:

Devotion for visiting a cemetery and a Church

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Cemeteries in the quiet places

I ran across a blogpost today from Katlupe of Homesteading On The Internet that I found of interest.

“Homesteading” has various meanings, the easiest is living simply off the land as much as one can. Usually a homesteader has a house and small farm somewhere, or at least a house with sufficient land around to grow things. There are also “urban homesteaders”, people who live in cities and make the most of their small surroundings.

It is an interest of mine as my wife and I live in the country in a nice house with lots of acreage. Eventually I hope to go beyond small vegetable gardens and live far more “self-sufficiently” than we presently do. Anyway, the point of all this is Katlupe’s post:

Little Country Cemeteries On Back Roads

She wrote a nice piece on country cemeteries that pop up in the rural countryside. You are driving about and suddenly just by the roadside is a small, possibly slightly overgrown and always very old, cemetery.

My attraction to these places is one of the reasons why I started this blog. I intend to (but alas, haven’t done so just yet) take my small digital camera with me on my days off from work, and when I see these country cemeteries, stop off and wander through them and take pictures of the headstones. Not all, just those that strike my fancy for whatever reason. This “project” was planned to be an major theme of this blog.

Perhaps I shall start doing this. My work schedule has changed and this makes it easier for my wife and I to take day trips throughout Western and Central New York State (we live near Lake Erie, and I am originally from the Syracuse and Utica areas) and cameras are a requirement for our travels (Rose is a photographer, see: ARTIST4GOD: Rose Santuci-Sofranko)

Small cemeteries in “the middle of nowhere” are a wonderful reminder of one’s mortality, and the peaceful surroundings help you to meditate on that and reflect of God. Death is not always an enemy.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"