Saturday, August 14, 2010

treat your mother right


"the last letter R is that She taught me Respect
and for the room up in Heaven that I know She'll get" (Mr. T - Treat Your Mother Right (video), 1984)
on the eve of the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, i'm moved to write on mothers! i love mom! i called her this morning as i was finishing up my Sunday homily. indeed, i remembered something she once said, and needed to be reminded of it! i enjoy songs that discuss mothers. however, i was torn as to which one to use for this small reflection. my options were 1) jann arden's good mother, 2) john lennon's mother, or 3) pink floyd's mother. i decided to go with none of the above. after a quick search on da Internet, i decided to go with Mr. T's Treat Your Mother Right.

hoping to see the new movie A-Team, very soon, i was quite intrigued with Mr. T's motivational video series - "be somebody, or be somebody's fool"! there's a dash of humour, of course! his hit song about mothers had me at "m". you see, the rap/song begins with each letter spelling out mother. good times.

just as in life, Mary, our Mother, must be part of our lives. if i don't call mine once a week, i get in trouble. if i don't call on Mary daily, lookout! Mary is there to help on this journey of holiness, always searching for God in Jesus Christ. i call mom in Moncton weekly, and call on Mary daily through prayers - Angelus (i'm working on that one), Rosary (great devotion), three Hail Mary's before going to bed, or how about the Memorare, the beautiful prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. either way, today/tomorrow, tell your mom you love her, and ask God for the grace to get closer to Mary, Our Mother, assumed body and soul into heaven!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. - Memorare

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