I first want to let you know that finding your unexpected gift this year was an experience I will never forget...
It was a very special kind of "prize" when I stumbled upon it, because I knew, this moment was going to be for you.
It was a precious journey for me.
I walked into a beautiful old church in Paris.
I was overwhelmed with emotion.
I could not help but think of my Dad.
I thought of your brother in pure silence under amazing huge grey arched ceilings and stone walls. The sun showered in like heaven through old wavy glass stained glass windows.
I walked slowly until I found Saint Christopher,
He stood on the left side, on a small alter all his own, holding a child in his arms.
Candles were burning for loved ones...
I lit one for your brother. I lit one for my Dad.
It was warm. It was peaceful.
There was a huge brilliant presence of being HOME.
I felt so small.
My heart felt bigger than words I can share with you.
I burned a Sainte Therese candle for your brother...
I knelt down and said a prayer.
I asked Saint Christopher to hold him close for you, always to keep him warm, happy and safe.
Our candles burned all night long...
I went back the next morning to bring yours home to you, though now empty you can add a candle to burn again.
Your brother is Here. He is There. He is Everywhere.
I promise you he is!
At the flea market in Nice I found your vintage religious souvenir.
statue de sel
A salt statue of Sainte Therese to sit by your candle.
All my love to you sweet Ashley, stay strong.
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I entered this amazing contest last year and will do so again today, although my desired treasure has yet to change. I have a little vignette in my home dedicated in memory of my brother whom I lost in November of '09', he was only 27 and I still can't get the grasp of my on-going life without him. If I am so lucky to win, I would love a religious figure of sorts, something old, something that tells a story...I am so thankful to enter this contest....Good luck to all who enter!!
Ashley just sent me over pictures of her brother.
Jonathan William Casedy