Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Mother’s Day and the “Joy of Love”

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The opening sentence of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, offers the perfect context for Mother’s Day: “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” The first and most immediate human relationship we experience is with our mothers. With God, they give us life and by […] [Read more]

The Joy and Gift of our Mothers

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

To all of the mothers in our community: Happy Mother’s Day! To readers who are celebrating with their mothers today, I hope these festivities are filled with joy. To those readers who join me in remembering in prayer our mothers who have gone before us, we pray that they have joined our Lord in the […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Our Mothers and Grandmothers, Guardians of the Hearth

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

As we gathered around the table of the Lord at the archdiocesan women’s conference this spring, I recalled how as a young boy I saw the word “hearth” on a poster. When I asked my mother what it meant, she told me it was an “old English” word for a fireplace. This was from the […] [Read more]

Mary, Our Mother

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Today the Church begins an entire month of special devotion to Mary.  In many of our Catholic schools and parishes, Marian hymns such as Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) will be sung and a crown will be placed on a statute of the Blessed Virgin, with flowers at her feet.  It is all part of […] [Read more]

Eternally Connected by the Bond of Love

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Mary was there at the foot of the Cross when Jesus died, but when he was lifted up to heaven, 40 days after his Resurrection, the Bible does not record his mother as being physically present (Lk 24:51-52; Acts 1:1-11).  One might think that she would want to be there to say farewell, but it […] [Read more]