I’m sorry that I’m not able to say this in person, but Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, spiritual mothers, and godmothers! The beauty of May reflects the beauty of our mothers, especially Mary, the Mother of God and our Heavenly Mother. As I am still away, I wanted to give you a thoughtful reflection by Ms. Leela Ramdeen at rcsocialjusticett.org. What is beautiful about her thoughts is that they include mothers in all types of situations and advise us too especially “not forget…single women who act as mothers to others.” Mother’s Day is an enormously popular day and rightly so. But, it can be tough for some who she mentions as well as those who have experienced abortion, miscarriage, or infertility. As she says, “we will see Him in the faces of each of these women; we will reach out in compassion to assist them; we will serve them.”
Everything we have in life is from God through our mothers. Thank you, Mothers!
Everything we have in Christ is from God through Mary. Thank you, Mary!
May you know the peace of the risen Christ,
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!
Motherhood is a gift from God and one of the most blessed of vocations. Let us truly celebrate, affirm and honor our mothers – not only today, but throughout the year…
For those of you whose mothers are still alive, express your thanks and appreciation to her each day; work on your relationship with her and cherish your time together as our lives are shorter than we think. If your mother has passed on, try to honor her memory by living your life in a way that will make her proud.
Archbishop Joseph Harris has urged us all to adopt a Missionary Project. Reach out to homeless women, struggling single mothers, elderly women in homes for the aged or those lying in hospitals with no one to visit them. Let us not forget the widows, grandmothers, guardians and the single women who act as mothers to others. If we truly love God, we will see Him in the faces of each of these women; we will reach out in compassion to assist them; we will serve them.
Zenit reports that on May 1 Pope Francis reflected on two traits of Christian identity, saying that Christianity is marked by its concrete presence in history and its focus on service. He said: “Jesus washes the feet of the disciples, inviting them to do as He has done: to serve.
Christian identity is service, not selfishness… We are called to service. Being Christian is not about appearance, or even about social conduct, it’s not a little make-up for the soul, because it should be a little more beautiful. To be Christian is to do what Jesus did: serve!”
Pope Francis invited us to ask ourselves, “In my heart, what more can I do? Do I have other people serve me; do I use others, the community, the parish, my family, my friends? Or do I serve, am I at the service of others?”
Service is not only about charity, but includes acting as advocates – lobbying our politicians to ensure that our economy is working for our mothers, e.g. in the areas of healthcare, education, housing, employment, social services, and poverty reduction. If we are to become servant leaders, we must not turn a blind eye to domestic violence that is destroying the lives of so many of our women – and men. The AEC Bishops rightly focused on this issue during their recent meeting. Let us help our men to be better fathers and husbands/partners.
Family life is under threat globally. Let’s strengthen family life by helping to nurture responsible parenting and create conditions that will allow families to flourish. And employers, play your part also by recognizing and planning for the diverse needs of women as mothers, e.g. by providing workplace crèches, better maternity/paternity entitlements, and a living wage. At a national level, we can serve our mothers by advocating for the development of good economic and social policies to promote the integral human development of mothers.
Mothers, we love you. Turn to Our Lady to intercede with her Son for you as you journey on.
Let us remember the words Pope Francis uttered during the celebration of the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in January 2014:
“Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying, ‘Behold your Mother!’ (Jn 19:27). These words serve as a testament, bequeathing to the world a Mother. From that moment on, the Mother of God also became our Mother…Mary becomes in this way a source of hope and true joy!
The Mother of the Redeemer goes before us and continually strengthens us in faith, in our vocation and in our mission…To her let us entrust our journey of faith, the desires of our heart, our needs and the needs of the whole world, especially of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace, and for God.”
The strength of our nation depends, to a large part, on the strength of our mothers. We thank you, Lord, for the gift of our remarkable mothers, and for their steadfast love.
Mary / Assumption
Came to earth to take us to heaven
Hearts on things above
Heaven transcends earth
Lord’s Prayer: 1 Tim 2:8
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers! Without our mothers and fathers, we wouldn’t be here. Motherhood is the most important work in the world. It’s not just because mothers give us life; it’s because they give us love. Without our mothers, we wouldn’t have life or be the people we are. Mothers give us life and give us love. While the love of our fathers is very important for many reasons, mothers love us in a way that no one else can. The bond between a mother and child is the strongest bond on earth. We have a special love for our mothers because we have a special bond with them that begins in their wombs. This is why abortion is so painful to mothers, especially: it kills the child with whom they have already bonded. Mother Teresa called it the “greatest poverty”.
The bond between a mother and child is the strongest bond on earth. We see this with each of our three mothers: our own mother, the Blessed Mother, and Holy Mother Church. Our own mothers give us natural life. It is through our mothers and fathers that we have life in the first place. Thank God they were open to life! Our mothers have said yes to life and have said yes to love. They have nurtured us, formed us, and loved us to be the people we are today. They continue to live out the strongest bond on earth; a mother’s work is never done. They consistently want what’s best for us and continually give their life for us. They want us to have life and to have it abundantly.
While our mothers bring us natural life, our Blessed Mother has brought us supernatural life in her Son, Jesus Christ. Thank God Mary and Joseph were open to life! Mary said yes to God and to life and love her whole life. She is the example to all mothers because she always said yes to God as a mother. She always trusted that He would take care of Jesus and lead him to what was best for him. With God’s help, she formed Jesus in his human nature to be the man He became. He has become our Savior through Mary. Everything we have in Christ is through his mother, Mary. It is through her ‘yes’ that we have a Savior.
We experience supernatural life in Christ through Holy Mother Church. As Pope John Paul II taught us, “the Church as Mother gives birth to, educates, and builds up the Christian family”. We are a Christian family and the Church is our mother. Just like our mothers and the Blessed Mother, Mother Church truly wants what’s best for us. She gives birth to our supernatural life in Christ in Baptism and nourishes it through all of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. She educates us about the Word of God and the new commandment of love. She builds up our life in Christ through the love She shows us on a daily basis. It is because of Mother Church that we know about Jesus Christ in the first place and have the opportunity to enter into His love.
Let us thank God for our mothers, the Blessed Mother, and Holy Mother Church. We thank Him for the life he has given us through them. We thank Him that they have said yes to life and to love. Through our mothers, may we have life and have it abundantly. Through them, may each one of us receive God’s love and receive it abundantly.
May you know the peace of the risen Christ,
Fr. Greg Shaffer
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