January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This important Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church can easily slip past us among the New Year festivities and their aftermath.
For those of us who have had, or still do have, great moms, honoring them on Mother’s Day is easy. For those of us who have had, or do have, struggling moms, it can be extremely difficult – seemingly impossible. If our moms have been neglectful or abusive, it can be even worse.
There’s a remedy for that.
When we look at all the bright red hearts scattered everywhere we look, maybe we can think of the bright red heart of St. Valentine, who was martyred for the sake of the Bright Red Heart that was pierced for us on the Cross.
I stopped making New Year resolutions ages ago. Instead, I choose three Scripture passages to copy, print, and keep handy throughout the year. I review them as often as possible and give them some serious prayer time at least once a month. I keep the printed copy in a conspicuous place because I’m one of those people who remembers things I see better than things I hear or note mentally.
Well, this is interesting.
Channel 12 News wants to interview me about the sacredness of holidays. Yeah, me. About the sacredness of holidays. A reporter called the house tonight while I was out grocery shopping. She wanted to talk to me about an article/blog post I’d actually written a couple of years ago for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, about keeping holidays as holydays. (more…)