May 9, 2009 – “The Sacrificers”

I hope you were able to stay on both feet during yesterday’s storms.  The more I drove around town this morning, the more trees, limbs, poles, etc. I saw down, but all in all I still think our neck of the woods came out in pretty good shape compared to others south of us.  Pray that the tree trimmers, electric lineman, and others who are cleaning up be safe in their work.  When you hear on the radio that there are hurricane force winds coming, your first reaction is “yeah, right” but we are reminded once again that we should never under-estimate mother nature.

This past Wednesday we met with Fr. Pete Schavitz who will be preaching our mission in September.  If you have not met Fr. Pete or have not heard him speak, he is a very impressive presenter – he has a great sense of humor and is a dynamic preacher.  I can assure you that our mission will be a great event.  There will be a lot of work to plan things before the mission, but it will be more than worth it in the end.  I thank everyone who has volunteered to help us in the different areas such as transportation, child care and refreshments during the mission week, and with mailings and such prior to the mission.  We can always use more folks to help us which would be greatly appreciated – but there is something everyone can do that doesn’t require a lot of effort that will enhance our mission experience – invite, invite, invite.

Do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is Catholic but hasn’t attended church for a while?  Invite them to the mission. Do you know someone who is not Catholic but has expresed interest in our faith?  Invite them.  Do you know someone who you just feel would enjoy a preaching event?  Invite them.

Granted, the mission is still over 4 months away, but it’s not too early to make plans to be there – you know how quickly our calendars can fill up.  Here’s a suggestion: when you invite someone you don’t have to invite them for all 5 evenings.  Invite them to one evening, perhaps the Sunday evening on the 27th of September.  Stress to them that ths is an extraordinary event.  I think if we can get a good crowd on the first night, it will carry over to the rest of the week.  As Fr. Pete told us, it is our job to get the people there the first night – it is his job to get them there the next night.  We will be finalizing our mission schedule in the next week or two, and mailings will start going out probably in late June or early July, so much more info to come.

Let’s see, there is something else going on this weekend … hmmm, let me check my calendar … oh yeah, Mother’s Day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and godmothers.  It would be easy for a blogger to go find a prayer or reflection and throw it in as a tribute to our moms, but this blogger’s conscience won’t allow me to do that (besides, I did that last year already!), so here’s my best shot at a tribute:

Mothers are the true “sacrificers” (is that a word?  It is now.)  Before we are even born they sacrifice their bodies – enduring the morning sickness and weight gain in order to provide us the nourishment that we need to be strong enough to enter the world.  They sacrifice their strength during the birthing process in order to safely bring us into the world.  They sacrifice their work and of course their sleep when we are newborns to make sure that we are fed and cleaned.  As we become toddlers, they share their care and knowledge in teaching us how to walk, talk, and keeping us away from things that may harm us.

They sacrifice some of the bond that they developed with us when they drop us off at school for the first time, and they hope that the sacrifices they made to that point will help us excel.  They sacrifice time that they could have had for themselves in order to help us with our homework, attend sporting events, work at school fund-raisers, and so many other things that do not allow them to stay in one place for very long.  They fear hurting our feelings when they have to tell us that we can’t stay out too late, or that we can’t date at such a young age, or grounding us when we do something wrong.  But they know they have to do it because it is for our own good and it will help us to become more responsible adults.

When we are grown up and go out on our own, the duties of a mother do not end.  They are giving us those “loans” when we are short on cash that really aren’t loans, they are helping us move into a new home, and of course giving us all of the free advice that we ask for.  Then when they become grandmothers, they are there to offer their support because well, they know the sacrifices it takes to be a mother.

Mothers are the true “sacrificers” because once someone becomes a mother, they will always be a mother, whether their kids are 6 months old or 60 years old.  So this weekend our thanks and praise goes to our moms for always being moms – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Thanks again for reading.  Hope and pray for dry weather (again!).  Maybe an extra buck or two thrown the pastor’s way will help (it’s worth a shot).

 Peace.

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