Thursday, February 21, 2008

Adding a Louisiana "Cemetery" Blog

I am really taken with this Louisiana blog site A Graver’s Journal. I find cemeteries are great places to visit for many reasons. I used to very much enjoy going out and praying my rosary in the big Above ground cemetaries one finds in South Louisiana. It reminded me as her blog title states "The only real equality is in the cemetery".

I generally hate the new cemeteries. You know the ones with strict rules that you can't place things on the graves and all the headstones are just blah slabs laid in the ground.

For some reason it does really bring the reality of death and THE LAST THINGS we must all endure home. Some People like to make a argument that nice headstones and memorials with great inscriptions that talk about that person life is sort of non Christian to do for various reasons. I disagree.

I think it is important to remember the dead are truly still with us. Either in the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, and hopefully not somewhere else. It is also a great reminder that despite our achievements how quickly they are forgotten in the mortal world. People do truly move on and its amazing how the world adjusts without you.

The flip side of that is we have gone way too far in just moving on and getting amnesia about our hopefully faithful departed. I have always been struck by these lines from Chesterton:

"Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead..Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father"

Anyway it is a pretty facsinating blog.

1 comment:

Shanna said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and link. I, too, am much less of a fan of flat, slab markers and "modern", perfectly-trimmed cemeteries. Give me an old, beautiful graveyard filled with mossy oaks, lichen, and the long-dead with stories to tell any day! Cheers.