Happy Mother's Day!

Dear Loving Father,
We ask You to bless
our Mothers with the unmistakable gift
of Your love this Mother's Day.
May we honor them in word and deed,
and teach our children to do the same.
On this beautiful day,
we thank you for Jesus' selfless gift
of His Mother Mary to be our Mother as well.
May we honor her,
draw close to her,
and help her bring His kingdom to earth.
Through Mary's intercession,
may all Mothers be blessed today
and every day,
for they are truly an awesome gift to us!
In Jesus' name we pray.

The Vine And The Branches

For centuries we have had this metaphor of the relationship between us and Jesus Christ -- the Vine and the branches. It is not hard to understand who is who in the equation, however, it might be difficult for us to understand what exactly it entails.

Jesus makes it quite clear to His disciples that just following Him is not enough. Rather, one must take the gifts and talents given and use them appropriately as a sign of being that disciple. For example, one cannot claim to be a follower and no longer reach out to those in need. Generosity is good, but the giving of self is better. Money does make things happen, but love transforms.

Question: What do you find yourself attached to right now in life? Answer: Possessions, money, career, sex, drugs, alcohol or Christ? Think hard!