Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day!

Dear Parishioners,
I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers this weekend. 

For most people there is a special bond between mother and child.  Our mothers carry us in their wombs for nine months.  They endure the pangs of birth.  They feed us, bathe us, clean up after us, teach us, comfort us, caress us and, most importantly, love us.

How often they are willing to sacrifice for us!

Thanks moms for your strength, patience and ability to make things better by your calming and reassuring presence.

Whenever we take you for granted or forget what you have done for us over the years, we apologize.  You deserve better from us.

We love you! 

In addition to our biological (or adoptive) mothers, I think that it is also important to remember to honor our Spiritual Mother as well.  Our Lady should play an essential role in the lives of Catholics and indeed all Christians.  She was given to us as our mother through St. John at the foot of the cross: 
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  (John 19: 26-27)
We honor Our Lady as our Queen and Mother.  She continues to intercede for her children here on earth and we place our confident hope and trust in her.
We need to ask her continually to pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  We desire to share eternity with her and her Son Jesus in His Heavenly reign.

Whether biological, adoptive or spiritual, Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers!

Fr. Ed Namiotka

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