|Jan with Mother-of-the-Groom, Susan|
|Our little girls, |
Meredith and Andi
|Our grown-up girls,|
Andi and Meredith
One thing I will always remember about this very special wedding was what the priest said prior to beginning the ceremony, before the groom walked in, before the bridesmaids' procession, and before the beautiful bride, Anne-Elise, walked down the aisle with her beaming father.
The priest walked to the front of the church and welcomed everybody. He said, "I would like to welcome all Catholics. Welcome to all Christians. Welcome Jews and Muslims. Welcome to those of you who believe in the Asian religions."
I must admit, I began to wonder how he would welcome those who might not believe in any religion.
Then, he said, "And for those of you who do not believe, we welcome you, too. For today, what unites us is that we all believe in love."
At that moment, surrounded by many people I'd never met before, I felt a connection to everyone. And I thought about how nice it was for a couple to begin their lives with such a message - a message that love could unite us all, if only we would believe that to be true.