Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

There are a lot of weird things going on in the world. Sometimes you just have to wonder how things got so upside-down: when good things like motherhood are called a punishment; when men marrying men and women marrying women is called a marriage; when children are conceived and implanted like a commodity.

Supermodel Christy Turlington is calling on women to ignore your kids on Mother's Day to support global access to abortion ; an article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald celebrates the March for Life as a day to be thankful for abortion access; the list goes on.

So I am going to ignore all those weird and cranky stories and wish Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Young or old, tired and worn out or perky and fresh, full of enthusiasm or a little weary of the daily tasks. To the mothers I know, my own two daughters working through the tiring years of young childhood, to my friend A who has lost two of her three sons, to all the women who have miscarried children (be sure to give them a name), to all the grandmothers in our lives - a simple Happy Mother's Day with wishes for peace and happiness and much love. After all, it is just about love, love that has the power to change everything. That's what mothers do for the world, they remind everyone that it is love that matters most, love that can carry you through any difficulty or crisis.


Anonymous said...

I wish you could have been at St. Catherine's tonight. Fr. Roberto gave one of his best homilies.
On mothers day he almost ranted on the condition of our society.

Some of the themes he used:

"Culture of death"
"Our society is sick"
"There can be no future without children"
"Christian Complacency"
"We must move beyond the New Evangelization"
(This last point struck a cord with me. It seems the Halifax Archdiocese New Evangelization will not work if it is all about mercy without justice.

"The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues.
When a religious scheme is shattered as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation, it is not merely the vices that are let loose.
The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage.
But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage.
The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad.
The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.
Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless.
Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity I am sorry to say is often untruthful. -G.K. Chesterton)

Very powerful homily, Pope John Paul II would be proud.
I found out later that it was triggered by the article in the Chronicle Herald:

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.



Julie Culshaw said...

Thanks Bruce, what a wonderful comment to read. Sister Ilaria told us that the other Italian priest was infuriated by that article and couldn't believe it would be published in a newspaper. Good for Fr. Donato to preach that way.