As we observe “Mother’s Day,” in the midst of the Marian month of May, here are words from Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty (29 March 1892 – 6 May 1975 ):
The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral--a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body . . . The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation . . . What on God's good earth is more glorious than this; to be a mother?
The mother – so I read – is the fire, the children are the light. By the brightness of the light, we know how great is the fire. Poem, The Most Important Person
Here is more inspiration:
The mother is the vine, the children the branches. By the branches we judge the value of the vine.
The mother is the tree of life, the children the fruit. The Savior said: “By their fruits you shall know them.”
The mother is the clock, the children the hands. They point out the time.
The mother is the pen, the children the script. By the writing you recognize the writer.
The mother is the rudder, the children the boat. The boat goes wherever the rudder directs.
The mother is the queen, the children the subjects. Under the scepter of a wise mother, the children are satisfied and happy.
The mother is the great enigma and mystery, the happiness of mankind, the sufferings of mankind vibrate and tremble in that one word, Mother.
Excerpt from his book, The Mother, 1949
Let us honor our mothers and The Blessed Mother, not simply with our lips but with our hearts. When we remember that “Mother” is applied to the Church, I believe, this helps us to maintain a balance between recognizing the frailty of the institution without abandoning her in the name of “finding something better.” Because Christ is the builder—“On this rock I will build my church”—therefore we have the assurance that the jaws of hell shall not ultimately prevail against Her.
No doubt most of us have heard of a local parish (Brunswick) that was recently the target of an elaborate electronic computer hacking scheme. In next week’s bulletin, we will share some information provided by the Diocese of Cleveland, to help us all stay vigilant in matters of electronic security.