A year or two ago, one Sunday, after the 10:45am Mass as I recall, I was enjoying the life of the parish— the good number of families and faithful, both young and old. It has been said to me, including by Bishop Johnston, that we have such a diverse parish with so many children. Anyway, that Sunday I was seemingly reveling in this, and a parishioner stopped me in the vestibule, paused, and said “it’s not you, it’s your mother.” Three years ago today my mother passed away. I think the parishioner was correct in giving credit to her, my mom, who died fortified by the Sacrament of the Church. She loved visiting the parishes I served (especially after my dad’s death). I remember when my mom died a brother priest sent me this message: “As St. Josemaria would often say: The Lord calls people out of this transient life at the best possible time. Now we have a special intercessor. Like the Mother of God, the mother of a priest will be a very special assistant to her son with her prayers before Our Lady and her Divine Son.”
I think of something my mom did daily which surely played a role in her helping me on earth and we pray from heaven; she prayed the Rosary. Last week at one of the Masses I got particularly excited again with the faithful attendance at Mass through Christmas and the good crowds. But, what if we were all praying the daily rosary I asked myself. Here in the month of January, let us all consider praying at least one decade of the Rosary every day. Our Mother, Mary, will help us even more than she is. She’s given fifteen promises for those who pray the Rosary. With one decade in January, let’s get to two decades daily in February. By May, the 5th month of the year and the month of Mary, the month we’ll no doubt be back in our church, we’ll have all five decades down. Sometimes, maybe once a week, we could pray the Rosary in our homes with family. If we’re single, maybe commit to one day a week at the parish with others. But other days maybe we’ll pray a couple decades before work or school, one decade on our lunch hour, and maybe two decades on the way home (before we listen to Catholic Radio or sports news).
With this, we’ll all be able to tell people who visit our parish in the years to come, seeing the beautiful church, the works of Charity, and hours of Adoration, “it’s not us, it’s our mother!”
~ Fr. Hansen