Download or view these beautiful reflections to host a very special Mother’s Day Family Rosary Prayer. The priests serving here at the Father Peyton Center want to extend our greetings and offer our prayers for all mothers this Mother’s Day with a gift of 50 Beads for Our Mothers, the Glorious Mysteries of the Family Rosary. Pray together as a family at home, outside with social distancing or online. Simply forward the document to everyone ahead of time so they can follow along. (There are helpful notes throughout the document for families new to Rosary prayer.)
If you understand this blessed are you if you do it? What was Jesus referring to when he asked this in the gospel, we heard at mass today. Recall that he had just washed the feet of the disciples and he was modeling for them a behavior. He was instructing his followers about service, humility and self- sacrifice. Then he said, if you understand this blessed are you if you do it. And ever since people have been doing it.
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I watched a movie about a young woman who found her religious observance to be very restricting and not life-giving. I subsequently watched several other movies about this very conservative religious group. In each the theme was the same, a desire to seek a freedom or a way of life that was more life-giving.
My day began with an email Easter greeting from a diocesan priest who I and other priests in my religious community assist since he is alone and is the pastor of the largest parish in our diocese. He acknowledged that with the pandemic parish life has had its challenges, living alone and apart from parishioners, learning to use modern day technology, stream mass and other religious services.
In recent weeks and as a result of the pandemic occasioned by the Coronavirus many Catholic Christians across the world have been unable to break bread with Jesus, to celebrate mass with a priest present and to receive the body and blood of the Lord.They have not been able to hear the words that Jesus spoke to his disciples while he was still with them; “take and eat, for this is my body, take and drink for this is my blood”.
Alone with the Scriptures that were presented to us from the Book of Numbers I could almost experience the anger and frustration that God’s chosen people directed towards God, Moses blaming them for the hardship they were experiencing as they journeyed from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. In contrast I thought of our world today and the effects of the coronavirus on the lives of millions of people across the globe. I have not been hearing anger at God. Frustration yes with the loss of jobs, fear about the future but not blame, finding fault with God.