No mom? You can still celebrate Mother’s Day
May 8, 5:08 PMRoman Catholic ExaminerPamela Luther
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. For many folks it is a day of joy and remembrance. Families gather together to celebrate Mom, hopefully giving her a day off. Joy of family is a predominant feeling that pervades the atmosphere of most homes. But for some, Mother’s Day can be very painful.
Not having a living mother on Mother’s Day can evoke a wide range of feelings .Losing one’s mother can be a devastating period, closing a chapter of one’s life. It doesn’t seem to matter how old one is, the death of a mother is very difficult. If she had been ill and suffering, her kids may have mixed feelings about her death being relieved that their mother is no longer suffering, yet missing her terribly.
Others may find Mother’s Day to be awkward because of poor relationships with their own mothers. It can be very tricky when one has to spend an hour going through Mother’s Day cards trying to find one that isn’t a gooey sentimental piece that has no bearing on that individual’s relationship with his or her mother. Searching through card after card, it becomes obvious that perhaps no one knows your mother because these are way too sappy and inappropriate as a description of your relationship with her. More…
Palm Sunday–The King came to save the lost
by: Roman Catholic Examiner, Pamela Luther March 28, 10:36 PM
The people of Jerusalem were welcoming the King of the Jews. He who was most humble of heart rode on the back of a donkey and not on a prancing stallion and accompanied by throngs of soldiers to conquer the Romans who ruled over Jerusalem at the time.
He was, indeed the King of the Jews, but His mission was far greater than conquering the Romans. He came to conquer the powers of Satan and bring victory over death and hell.
In the Christian faith, this day marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred in the liturgical year. We receive palms and listen to the gospel message of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for the last time in His human life. We also listen to the Passion, this year from Luke’s gospel. From here we are drawn into the events of the week to come.
Although we know the outcome of that week and the terrible suffering and humiliation Jesus went through, it is a day of joy. We know that Jesus, Son of Almighty God, did this to save us all from our sin.
In the homily at our parish today we heard of two men who were being sent on a journey through the forest. They were told by their master to stay upon the road and to not veer off of it, no matter what temptations they were to encounter.
The first man left and followed the forest road. As he turned a corner, he saw a pile of gold on a small hill beside the road. He remembered his master’s admonitions and kept on walking. But when he came up beside the gold, he succumbed to the temptation, stepped off the path and headed for the it. However, as he proceeded, he fell into a pit. There was no way out—he was doomed.
A while later, the second man turned the corner on the same path. He too saw the gold, but then heard his compatriot crying in the pit. The second man jumped into the pit to save his friend. The first man climbed upon the second’s shoulder and escaped death. The one who rescued him remained in the pit and eventually died.
Kind of reminds one of the temptation in the Garden of Eden, doesn’t it?
This is what Jesus was heading to when He entered Jerusalem. He was on a mission. All of us have sinned, disobeying God and looking at the attractions of the world, such as the first man did when seeing the gold. Like the second man, Jesus sees the death trap we find ourselves in and willingly gave His own life that we be released from it and live.
It is that simple.
And it is that complex.
And it is what today,Palm Sunday on throughout the events of this Holy Week is all about.
Jesus loves us; He died for us. He rose again, conquering death so that we too can have eternal life, if we choose to accept His gift of love.
Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday : joy and self-examination
by: Roman Catholic Examiner, Pamela Luther March 13, 10:54 PM
This is the fourth Sunday in Lent, commonly known as Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday. We are half way through Lent; Easter will soon be here. Laetare Sunday takes its name from the opening words of the Mass, the Introit’s “Laetare, Jerusalem” or “Rejoice Jerusalem”
For this Sunday, the priests’ vestments are rose rather than the purple that has been worn throughout Lent.
“The rose vestments on Laetare Sunday is a custom originating in the fact that, as a symbol of joy and hope in the middle of this somber Season, popes used to carry a golden rose in their right hand when returning from the celebration of Mass on this day (way back in 1051, Pope Leo IX called this custom an “ancient institution.”