This day holds a special importance for me, not because I have a particularly strong devotion to St. Joachim and Ann, but because today is my mother’s birthday. Since I have been a priest, this day has caused me to think about the role of parenthood in developing a saint. and because I think my mother on this day, I think of her mother, grandmother. I can’t help but think about how faith gets passed on from one generation to the next.
I parents are both active, practicing Catholics. For both of them, handing on Catholic faith to me and my brother, was an important priority. Sundays were particularly special and important days. Sundays were days for family, and were often spent in the company of relatives. On this morning, my father made brunch, and we read the newspaper as a family. When I mentioned this to kids today, they think I’m a little bit crazy. While that may be true, what was most important is that the entire day was an event for God. We went to mass, and we ate together as a family, and we celebrated as a family, because that was the most tangible way our family lived out vocation.
My memories of Sundays, which we shared as a family, are deep and rich. I am most grateful for the memories of the time I spent with my family and my relatives. It is giving me a rich understanding and experience that I could not have received in any other way.