I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Your Mother and Mine

It was amusing to log into Facebook this morning and see the vast amount of posts about "Mothers' Day" - let's just say, it's definitely trending.

While many people (at least at some point) may claim to have "the best" mom, there is one mother we, in the Catholic faith, believe is mother to us all - Mary.

And what better time than the month of May (and especially on Mothers' Day) to turn to our universal mother and ask for her intercession? For we believe she hears our prayers and carries them directly to God.

And no matter what title you call her by - "Our Lady of Guadalupe," "Mary, Help of Christians," "The Immaculate Conception," "Mary, the mother of God," etc. - she is one in the same...she just looks a little differently.

Have you tried to pray to Mary? If it's been awhile or if you have some skepticism of the whole "Why do Catholics pray to Saints?" thing, may I suggest a few simple ways to pray:

- Include a simple invocation at the end of your prayer, such as "Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!" (That's the Salesian in me coming out...) or "Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!"

- Pray a "Hail Mary" when you find yourself getting frustrated or when you hear/see an ambulance go by.

- Pray the Rosary. (They have lots of apps like this one available for FREE download for iPads and iPhones now...)

Rosary from Lourdes (one student's dad brought it back from his recent pilgrimage)

- Have a prayer conversation with Mary, much like you may have with your own mother.

Another way we can honor Mary is by loving and honoring our own mothers. So, if you are one of those lucky people who still live close to home or who happen to have traveled to spend the day with your mom, enjoy your time together - there can never be too many hugs! (I, unfortunately, am many miles away from my mom today, but we're going to attempt our first Facetime chat later...we shall see...)

Happy Mothers' Day to all moms, soon-to-be moms, and those who hope to one day raise a family. God bless!

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