God is Good!

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

Mary, A Mother of Love and Support

La vierge aux raisins

La Vierge Aux Raisins

Some years ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I was waiting in our parish Church, Our Lady of the Snows, for parents to bring their children for Baptism.  I heard a commotion at the entrance door.  A lovely little girl with golden curls, about four years old, came into Church with her mother.  But aren’t all little children lovely?  Her baby brother was about to be baptized.  As the girl came through the door, she kept crying out…”I want to see God!  I want to see God….”

Evidently, the mother had told the little one that God lived in this building.  The best she could, the mother pointed out the Tabernacle at athe far end fo the Church and the Man hanging on the Cross.  Because of a childhood sickness, the child’s legs hung limp and useless.  Her mother, walking behind her, supported her with her hands underneath he armpits of the girl.

As I watched them, I easily imagined the close ties between them.  The child depended on her mother for all her actions.  One could picture the many conversations that went on in the kitchen as the mother prepared the family meals.  Unlike other four year old children, the girl couldn’t run and play in other parts of the house.  They talked together much more than an ordinary mother and child.

This story might make us think of the Mother that Jesus gave us.  Are we not like the little girl in the story?  In our weaknesses we may stumble, but our Mother Mary walks behind us, holding us, supporting us lest we fall.  By whispering in our ears, Mary tells us in simple language about the Beauty and the Goodness of the Great God, about her Son, Jesus.  In our many conversations with Mary, our true Mother, we grow closer to Her in love and joy.

After the Baptisms, the mother asked me to bless her little girl so that health and strength would come back to her weak legs.  The child so wanted to run and play.  As a priest, another Christ, I begged God to make her whole.  So, too, Mary, our Mother, turns to the Priest, Christ, and asks Him to make us strong in body and Spirit.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | Leave a comment

A Mother and Her Children

Mary

Our Heavenly Mother

A dmonish your children in ways of righteousness.

B e a model of prayer for them.

C oach them in ways of kindess.

D edicate them to the Lord and His Mother.

E nable them to develop their special talents with your encouragement.

F ind new gifts in them and tell them what you found.

G uard their purity of heart, tell them: be vigilant and pray.

H ug them tightly often, especially when they look sad.

I nsist on their good manners.

J oin with them in their sorrows and joys.

K now their friends.

L isten carefully to what they say to you.

M ake your scoldings mild and loving.

N ever say: Come tomorrow.  I don’t have time to listen to you today.

O pen their minds and hearts to words about God’s sacred gift of sexuality.

P raise them when they succeed.  Affirmations are so important to youngsters.

R serve time to attend their sports and school activities.

S how them unconditional love.

T each them to love the Lord and His people.

U nderstand their struggles to mature.

X pect great things from them…set the bar high!

Y our tasty cooking will endear you to your children.

Z eal for the Lord on your part will mean more to the children than aa 100 homilies.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 8, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | Leave a comment