Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine, Florida, writes a beautiful reflection about his own mother and mothers everywhere. (h/t to Deirdre McQuade at the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities):
The Gift of Mothers
By Bishop Victor Galeone
As we approach another Mother’s Day, I want to invite you to come back with me to Mother’s Day 1970.
I had just sat down to have a light supper with my widowed mother before returning to the rectory. My mother was grieving because in less than a month she would be losing her “bambino.” You see, my archbishop had given me permission to serve as a missionary in Peru for five years, and I would be leaving within a month.
The fact that I was 35 years old and a priest for ten years was trumped by my imminent departure for the Peruvian Andes, where I might meet with an untimely end – or so my mother imagined. Continue reading...