By Fr. James E. Shea, C.Ss.R.
Dear Parishioners and Friends:
It was the first day of school. The kindergarten teacher asked the children what they wanted to be when they grew up. One kid blurted out, “When I grow up, I’m gonna be a lion tamer. I’ll have lots of lions and tigers and I’ll walk into the cage and…” He hesitated and then continued, “But of course, I’ll have my mother with me.”
We celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday. We extend our love to our moms, living or deceased. Deep in our hearts most of us would like to have our moms with us. For mom is or was a ‘Real Mother.’
Real Mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it. Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox. Real !
Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens, and happy kids. Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come our of shag carpets. Real Mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up. Real Mothers sometimes ask, “Why me?” They get their answer when a little voice says, “because I love you best.” Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grade…It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mommy to Mom…
The Images of Mom…
4 years of age – My mommy can do anything!
8 years of age – My mom know a lot! A whole lot!
12 years of age – My mother doesn’t really know quite everything.
14 years of age – Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either.
16 years of age – Mother? She’s hopelessly old fashioned.
18 years of age – That old woman? She’s way out of date!
25 years of age – Well. she might know a little bit about it.
35 years of age – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.
45 years of age – Let’s go down the hallway and ask Mom what she thinks.
55 years of age – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 years of age – Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
Real moms are the most beautiful people in the world. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes.
Her eyes are the doorway to her heart, the place where her love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is her caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she freely shows. And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows! ‘Doesn’t that sound like your mom?’
How often have we heard, ‘Rather than cursing the darkness light a candle or a lantern.’ Everyone is encouraged to light a lantern. There is an organization in the Catholic Church which has been lighting lanterns around the world. The organization is called the ‘Knights of Columbus.’ This organization is dedicated to Faith, Family and Fraternity.
The Knights of Columbus organization began at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., in 1882. Father Michael McGivney called a group of men together to provide financial assistance for widows and orphans in the community. From its quiet beginnings in a Connecticut Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus grew into an international organization with over a million and a half members. Although the Knights of Columbus is a male organization, it is through the men that their families become involved.
Faith, Family and Fraternity are the three key words which identify the mission of the Knights of Columbus. The members are called to live their faith and encourage others to grow in faith. Faith within the family is vital, as well as families helping families in need. Working together as a Fraternity to assist needy people in the community is a high priority amongst the Knights.
Over the years the Knights of Columbus have done marvelous work in strengthening family life in San Antonio parishes. Here at St. Gerard our Knights are always offering to help in any way they can to strengthen the life of our parish. Next Sunday, at the end of Mass, the Knights will present a generous gift of $1000 to St. Gerard’s Church. This money is to be used in any way we deem necessary in assisting our people to grow as a Faith community.
After Mass we will also invite more men of our parish to become Knights. What a great way for St. Gerard men to live – as men of Faith; as men devoted to Family; as men expressing our love for one another in a Catholic Fraternity.
There will be brother Knights standing in front of Church after each of our Masses next Sunday. They will invite all Knights to become active. The welcome them to our monthly meetings and to get involved. They will remind them that this is all about Faith, Family and Fraternity. And the Knights will be reaching our to other men to join the Knights. Together we will stand tall in our Faith, Family and Fraternity.
A little kid was having a great time at his sister’s wedding. He whispered to his father, “When I grow up I am going to have a party just like Linda is having.” And just whom will you marry?” his father asked. “I’m going to marry Grandma,” the kid replied. “You can’t marry Grandma,” the father said. “She’s my mother.” The kid popped right back, saying, “Well, you married my mother, didn’t you?” Happy Mother’s Day!
Fr. Jim Shea, C.Ss.R.