Friday, May 10, 2013

Our Blessed Mother

One of my most fond memories was as a small girl, I think I was around four years old.  My siblings were at school and my mother pulled me aside to give me something that was very dear to her heart.  It was a Miraculous Medal.  She told me that I had a Mother who was always with me, and that I should always turn to her.  I was to treasure this simple medal, and the blessings it represented, for many years.  Sadly, somewhere in our military moves, it got lost, but I still remember that day: the light in the living room, the sweater I was wearing, and my mother's face as she bent down to place this medal in my hand with the most tender of movements.  My mother's eyes were filled with love.  I am so grateful for that gift.

I turn to our Mother often-asking for help, thanking her for the many blessings she has bestowed on my family, and at times, simply resting in her gaze.  As we celebrate the month of May, and in particular the Feasts of Our Lady of Fatima and Mary, Help of Christians, I urge you to increase your devotion and affection to Our Blessed Mother.  May she bring comfort to each of our souls.


Answered prayers

The young man's father passed away a week ago surrounded by the love and prayers of family and friends.  Suffering and death have a way of rearranging our priorities.  This family showed  how, in the darkest of times, the light and love of God can be sought and found.  I will continue to pray for an increase of vocations in our diocese in honor of this family and the fine priest that served them through this difficult time, and for the repose of the soul of this loving dad.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon him.  
May he rest in peace.