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I was at my Uncle's funeral service recently. Despite the general sadness of the occasion, there were funny moments -- thanks to the priest.

My uncle would have wanted it that way. He was never one to take things too seriously. He had a ready smile and a joke to give at a moment's notice.

But as I sat there and listened to the priest conduct the traditional ceremonies and blessings... my mind started wandering. He explained what it meant to be blessed. It surely wasn't what I thought it was -- not completely anyway. The priest explained that when someone blesses you, it means that they are giving up a part of themselves -- their blood or their life to give to you. What?! I had no idea. I always thought it meant the 'blesser' was communicating to you about God's blessings... like 'God be with you' and all that.

Don't get me wrong, divine blessing is what I strive for. It's what I want, but nowadays hearing people say "bless you" doesn&…