Very Rev. Harry Grile
Mothers are one of God’s first and most unique gifts.
“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.”
I realized many years ago that God didn’t just give you and me a mother – he gave each of us our own unique mother.
My mother and your mother were specifically chosen for us by God. While I was growing up, I rarely took time to ponder his miraculous gift. I certainly did not value his gift in the midst of a scolding! Did you ever feel your mom was a little too strict, or maybe her expectations for you were too high? As a child, I know I did. It was only once I moved out on my own that I realized my mom was exactly the right mom for me.
My mom – Ursula Grile - was the youngest of nine children. She and Dad then proceeded to have four of us of their own, so Mother’s Day always meant a lot in our family. Today families take Mom out for brunch or dinner. We couldn’t afford that, and we kids weren’t much as cooks, but we always made sure she didn’t have to do the dishes that day!
The warmest and strongest memories are not from holidays and vacations, but rather from the daily activities we shared.
I surprise myself each time I stop to recall memories of my mom. The warmest and strongest memories are not from holidays and vacations, but rather from the daily activities we shared. I recall so well mom getting me up in the morning so I would be on time to serve Mass, or nagging me get to school work done. I remember my mom saying night prayers. She worked very hard to instill in me the virtues of faith, hope and love. She was warm, and I knew she loved me. She is the one who ignited my faith in God.
The story in Acts 3 comes to mind, where Peter and John come across a beggar. Peter says to the man, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” In this one sentence God is telling us the hope, faith, prayers and love we offer are infinitely more valuable than any material thing. How blessed we are to receive God’s gift of our earthly mother – as well as our Heavenly Mother Mary - to guide us along life’s journey!
I along with my fellow Redemptorists will be offering a series of Masses throughout the month of May for all mothers, living and deceased. I plan to enroll my Mom and I want to include your mother. Please send me her name. You may also include other special women in your life – grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who showed you mother-like love. The more you send, the happier your mother will feel because of the added company.
At all these Masses we will pray that Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, will watch over and protect you, your mom, and all your loved ones.
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