Friday, May 12, 2017

The Gift of Moms

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As we approach Mother’s Day, I’m very much aware that each of us has special memories of our moms. Some of us, like myself, have been without our moms for over 25 years. Others have lost their moms more recently. Still others are taking care of an elderly mom and possibly acting like a “parent” to them. If you are lucky, your mom is still young and vibrant and local and you can enjoy her company and wisdom on a regular basis. I do know some of our moms have had difficult lives and in some cases relationships haven’t been what we’ve wanted it to be.

Father John and his mom meeting Pope John Paul II
No matter what our situation might be, I doubt any of us are not very grateful for the gift our moms have been to us. Without their commitment, their nurturing, their sacrifices and their willingness to bring us into the world, we would not be the people we are today. So…let’s make sure to reach out to our moms (or those we call mom) personally or through prayer this weekend. Sometimes the Church is described as a mother to all of us. In that context, I hope that the people we serve everyday will have the same feelings about us. You nurture, guide, support, challenge, and share your love with all who come our way. Thus, this Mother’s Day weekend, I’m celebrating and praying for you as well.


I hope the weather cooperates.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!