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Dear Friends,
On the front cover of today’s bulletin you will find the names of all the children who came to the altar to receive the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time in our six celebrations over the last three Saturdays. Although you cannot see them, because the print is so faint and the banners are hung so high, they are also on the two banners of host and chalice that hang in the front of the church. I want to congratulate these children and their parents, and to thank their parents for believing this to be an important moment, and an important journey for their children to be on. We often decry the lack of faith in the world. This is a moment to celebrate it.

As we are still in the month of May, I offer you the following reflection (part of, at least) of Pope Francis on Mary, at his General Audience on May 10th.

“Mary is a woman who listens: do not forget that there is always a great connection between hope and listening, and Mary is a woman who listens. Mary welcomes life as it is conveyed to us, with its happy days, but also with its tragedies that we would rather not have met. Until Mary’s supreme night, when her Son is nailed to the wood of the cross.

Until that day, Mary had nearly disappeared from the Gospel accounts: the sacred writers suggest this slow eclipsing of her presence, her remaining silent before the mystery of a Son who obeys the Father. However, Mary reappears precisely at the crucial moment: when a large number of friends disperse out of fear. Mothers do not abandon, and in that instant at the foot of the Cross, none of us could say which was the cruelest passion: be it that of an innocent man who dies on the gallows of the Cross, or the agony of a mother who accompanies the final moments of her son’s life.

The Gospels are laconic, and extremely discrete. They record Mary’s presence with a simple verb: she was “standing by” (Jn 19:25). She stood by. They say nothing of her reaction: whether she wept, whether she did not weep … nothing; not so much as a brushstroke to describe her anguish: these details would be tackled later by the imagination of poets and painters offering us images that have entered this history of art and literature. But the Gospels only say: she was “standing by.” She stood there, at the worst moment, at the cruelest moment, and she suffered with her son. She “stood by.”

Mary “stood by”; she was simply there. Here again, the young woman of Nazareth, hair now grayed with the passage of time, still struggling with a God who must only be embraced, and with a life that has come to the threshold of the darkest night. Mary “stood by” in the thickest darkness, but she “stood by”. She did not go away. Mary is there, faithfully present, each time a candle must be held aflame in a place of fog and haze. She does not even know the future resurrection of her Son was opening at that instant for us, for all mankind: she stands there out of faithfulness to the plan of God whose handmaid she proclaimed herself to be on the first day of her vocation, but also due to her instinct as mother who simply suffers, each time there is a child who undergoes suffering. The suffering of mothers: we have all known strong women who have faced their children’s suffering.

We will find her again on the first day of the Church; she, mother of hope, in the midst of that community of such fragile disciples: one had denied, many had fled, all had been afraid. She simply stood by, in the most natural of ways, as if it were something completely normal: in the first Church enveloped in the light of the Resurrection, but also in the trepidation of the first steps that had to be taken in the world.

For this reason, we all love her as Mother. We are not orphans: we have a Mother in heaven who is the Holy Mother of God. Because she teaches us the virtue of waiting, even when everything seems to lack meaning: she is ever confident in the mystery of God, even when he seems to have eclipsed himself due to the evil of the world. In the most difficult moments, may Mary, the Mother that Jesus gave to all of us, always support our steps, may she always say to our hearts: ‘Arise! Look forward, look to the horizon’, because she is the Mother of Hope.”

In this moment, find hope in 170 children who were fed at the table of the Lord for the 1st time.
God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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