This past June 8, my beloved mother would have celebrated her 94th birthday. Mom passed on to the Lord on March 30 during Holy Week. It is still painful to recall her last week of earthly life. Fortunately, I am blessed to have many decades of wonderful memories to summon up. Mom was blessed to have a beautiful funeral Mass and it is a memory of her passing that actually gives me a holy joy. I pray that Mom has been with her loving and merciful Creator and Lord from the very moment of her passing. My fellow Catholics know to never cease praying for our dearly departed and any and all souls that may be awaiting their entry into Heaven. It is still difficult for me to relate my emotions about Mom’s passing, among some other memories, but I do want to repeat to her the following words I wrote on the occasion of her 80th birthday, which are no less appropriate or heartfelt.
To Our Dear Mother
As we honor you today Mother, we want you to know
how very much we appreciate you
and everything that you have done for us.
We are aware of the sacrifices you made for us
and of how very much you deprived yourself,
for at the moment that you gave us life
you gave us your life too.
We know that at times your motherly heart was sorrowed,
sometimes because of us, sometimes for us.
You were always there to heal our wounds,
those of the flesh or of the heart.
You were always there to teach, to correct,
to nurture and to encourage.
We learned so very much from you.
Most important we learned to love.
We know of no gift greater than the one we give to you today,
the return of all the love you carried in your heart for us
throughout all of our lives.
We thank you for your motherly love and care,
for all that you have given us,
for all that you have taught us,
for all of your sacrifices.
Most especially we thank you for teaching us about God
from Whom all your love comes.
And we thank God for giving us you.
We pray that your life be filled with God’s blessings and peace.
We love and cherish you Mother and wish you a very
Miss you so very much.