Mother’s Day

The Message of a Mother

This Saturday is the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady to Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia at Fatima. She would appear six times to them that year, on the 13th of May, June, July, August (this apparition occurred on the 19th, due to the arrest of the children on the 13th), September, and October. On the occasion of these […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Mother’s Day in St. Peter’s Square

Mothers Day in St. Peter's Square, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal — Mother’s Day at St. Peter’s It was a Mother’s Day to remember for my lovely bride Patti Armstrong as we attended the Latin Mass at St. Peter’s and then, like tens of thousands of mothers on the Square, received a blessing and prayer from Pope Francis. It was a perfect beginning to our day as we later met up with […]

Craving Burnt Toast on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be painful for women without children. We yearn to read the flowery cards and exclaim over mysterious, clumsily wrapped packages. Of course, I’m delighted each year when my nieces send me cards, but still I look back at my younger self and say: “Girl, what were you thinking?” What were you thinking when you became so embroiled […]

Motherhood and the Joyful Mysteries

I love that Mother’s Day is celebrated in May, the month dedicated to the Blessed Mother.  As I prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on my bike this week, I reflected on how they apply so well to motherhood. The Annunciation: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” […]

A Jubilee of False Gold

On Sunday our nation celebrated Mother’s Day. It’s highly fitting that we stop, at least one day a year, to express our gratitude to and for our mothers, because so often so many children can take their mothers for granted the rest of the year. It’s also a day to contemplate the inestimable good of motherhood, which is always less […]