Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-05-12 – Fr. John Paul

By | September 4, 2019


>>A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. PAUL AND BARNABAS CONTINUED ON FROM PERGA AND REACHED ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA. ON THE SABBATH THEY ENTERED THE SYNAGOGUE AND TOOK THEIR SEATS. MANY JEWS AND WORSHIPERS WHO WERE CONVERTS TO JUDAISM FOLLOWED PAUL AND BARNABAS, WHO SPOKE TO THEM AND URGED THEM TO REMAIN FAITHFUL TO THE GRACE OF GOD. ON THE FOLLOWING SABBATH ALMOST THE WHOLE CITY GATHERED TO HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. WHEN THE JEWS SAW THE CROWDS, THEY WERE FILLED WITH JEALOUSY AND WITH VIOLENT ABUSE CONTRADICTED WHAT PAUL SAID. BOTH PAUL AND BARNABAS SPOKE OUT BOLDLY AND SAID, “IT WAS NECESSARY THAT THE WORD OF GOD BE SPOKEN TO YOU FIRST, BUT SINCE YOU REJECT IT AND CONDEMN YOURSELVES AS UNWORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE, WE NOW TURN TO THE GENTILES. FOR SO THE LORD HAS COMMANDED US, I HAVE MADE YOU A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BE AN INSTRUMENT OF SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.” THE GENTILES WERE DELIGHTED WHEN THEY HEARD THIS AND GLORIFIED THE WORD OF THE LORD. ALL WHO WERE DESTINED FOR ETERNAL LIFE CAME TO BELIEVE, AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CONTINUED TO SPREAD THROUGH THE WHOLE REGION. THE JEWS, HOWEVER, INCITED THE WOMEN OF PROMINENCE WHO WERE WORSHIPERS AND THE LEADING MEN OF THE CITY, STIRRED UP A PERSECUTION AGAINST PAUL AND BARNABAS, AND EXPELLED THEM FROM THEIR TERRITORY. SO THEY SHOOK THE DUST FROM THEIR FEET IN PROTEST AGAINST THEM, AND WENT TO ICONIUM. THE DISCIPLES WERE FILLED WITH JOY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ DEO GRATIAS ♪>>WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK.>>WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK.>>SING JOYFULLY TO THE LORD, ALL YOU LANDS; SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS; COME BEFORE HIM WITH JOYFUL SONG.>>WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK.>>KNOW THAT THE LORD IS GOD; HE MADE US, HIS WE ARE; HIS PEOPLE, THE FLOCK HE TENDS.>>WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK.>>THE LORD IS GOOD: HIS KINDNESS ENDURES FOREVER, AND HIS FAITHFULNESS, TO ALL GENERATIONS.>>WE ARE HIS PEOPLE, THE SHEEP OF HIS FLOCK.>>A READING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION. I, JOHN, HAD A VISION OF A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO ONE COULD COUNT, FROM EVERY NATION, RACE, PEOPLE, AND TONGUE. THEY STOOD BEFORE THE THRONE AND BEFORE THE LAMB, WEARING WHITE ROBES AND HOLDING PALM BRANCHES IN THEIR HANDS. THEN ONE OF THE ELDERS SAID TO ME, “THESE ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE SURVIVED THE TIME OF GREAT DISTRESS; THEY HAVE WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. “FOR THIS REASON THEY STAND BEFORE GOD’S THRONE AND WORSHIP HIM DAY AND NIGHT IN HIS TEMPLE. THE ONE WHO SITS ON THE THRONE WILL SHELTER THEM. THEY WILL NOT HUNGER OR THIRST ANYMORE, NOR WILL THE SUN OR ANY HEAT STRIKE THEM. FOR THE LAMB WHO IS IN THE CENTER OF THE THRONE WILL SHEPHERD THEM AND LEAD THEM TO SPRINGS OF LIFE-GIVING WATER, AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES.” ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ DEO GRATIAS ♪>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD, SAYS THE LORD; I KNOW MY SHEEP, AND MINE KNOW ME.>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>FATHER: ♪ DOMINUS VOBISCUM ♪>>♪ ET CUM SPIRITU TUO ♪>>FATHER: ♪ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM IOHANNEM ♪>>♪ GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE ♪>>FATHER: JESUS SAID: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE; I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME. I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH. NO ONE CAN TAKE THEM OUT OF MY HAND. MY FATHER, WHO HAS GIVEN THEM TO ME, IS GREATER THAN ALL, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THEM OUT OF THE FATHER’S HAND. THE FATHER AND I ARE ONE.” ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE ♪>>Father: FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE, THE HOLY HOUR’S FOR HEALING AND JUSTICE WILL START AGAIN THIS EVENING IN HANCEVILLE AT THE SHRINE IF YOU’RE VISITING HERE IN ALABAMA, YOU’RE WELCOME TO GO TO THE SHRINE AT 5:00 CENTRAL TIME, AND IT WILL BE ON EWTN 6:00 EASTERN TIME, 5:00 CENTRAL TIME. SO PLEASE JOIN US FOR THAT HOLY HOUR FOR HEALING AND JUSTICE, TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SO WOUNDED AND AFFECTED BY THE SCANDALS AND BY THE AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH. AND TONIGHT’S THEME WILL BE THE GOOD SHEPHERD, TO PRAY THAT ALL SHEPHERDS MAY MODEL THEIR LIVES AFTER THE GOOD SHEPHERD, JESUS. TODAY IS ALSO, BESIDES GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY, IT’S MOTHER’S DAY, SO WE WANT TO WISH ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE MOTHERS AND ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUAL MOTHERS TOO AS WELL, EVEN THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN, ARE CALLED TO SOMEHOW MOTHER. EVERY WOMAN HAS IT WITHIN HER OWN BEING, HER OWN HEART TO BE A MOTHER, TO NURTURE SOULS. AND THAT’S THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN. SO JOHN PAUL II COINED THE PHRASE THE FEMININE GENIUS, SOMETHING WITHIN THE HEART OF EVERY WOMAN THAT WANTS TO NURTURE, THAT WANTS TO LOVE, THAT WANTS TO GIVE LIFE, EVEN THOSE MOTHERS WHO HAVE ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR CHILDREN FIND THEMSELVES HAVING FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, 15, 20 CHILDREN, BECAUSE ONE, TWO OR THREE IS NOT ENOUGH. THE HUMAN HEART IS MADE FOR GREATNESS. AND I KNOW I SPEAK FROM MY OWN MOTHER WHO IS WATCHING, WHO MOTHERED MANY OTHER SOULS BESIDES MY BROTHER AND MYSELF. AND I’D LIKE TO READ YOU A POEM WRITTEN BY CARDINAL JOSEPH MYZINSKI, AND I KNOW YOU HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE BUT IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD MOTHER’S DAY POEM TO REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MOTHERS AND OUR OWN MOTHERS AND THE IMPORTANCE THAT OUR OWN MOTHERS PLAY IN OUR LIVES. I’D LIKE TO ADD GRANDMOTHERS IN THERE, TOO, BECAUSE GRANDMOTHERS ARE DEFINITELY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR LIVES. AND THEY PLAY AN INDISPENSABLE ROLE IN THE FORMATION OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. CARDINAL MYZINSKI SAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON ON EARTH IS A MOTHER. SHE CANNOT CLAIM THE HONOR OF HAVING BUILT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. SHE NEED NOT SHE HAS BUILT SOMETHING MORE MAGNIFICENT THAN ANY CATHEDRAL — A DWELLING FOR AN IMMORTAL SOUL, THE TINY PERFECTION OF HER BABY’S BODY. THE ANGELS HAVE NOT BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH A GRACE. THEY CANNOT SHARE IN GOD’S CREATIVE MIRACLE TO BRING NEW SAINTS TO HEAVEN. ONLY A HUMAN MOTHER CAN. MOTHER’S ARE CLOSER TO GOD THE CREATOR THAN ANY OTHER CREATURE. GOD JOINS FORCES WITH MOTHERS IN PERFORMING THIS ACT OF CREATION. WHAT ON GOD’S GOD EARTH IS MORE GLORIOUS THAN THIS TO BE A MOTHER? CARDINAL JOSEPH MYZINSKI. THIS IS IN NO WAY TO DENIGRATE FATHERHOOD, OBVIOUSLY. FATHERHOOD AND MOTHERHOOD GO TOGETHER. IN ORDER TO COOPERATE WITH GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION, TO CREATE AN IMMORTAL SOUL. BUT AS I TELL KIDS OFTEN — I’M HERE IS THERESE AND COLLETTE LET HAVE HEARD ME SAY THIS OFTEN — BE GOOD TO YOUR MOTHER. AND THE GREATEST THING THAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FATHER IS TO BE GOOD TO YOUR MOTHER. THIS POEM WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE, HAVING MENTIONED NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, OF COURSE AFTER THE BURNING OF THE ROOF OF NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, THIS IS SUCH A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE IT HAS EXISTED FOR CENTURIES — BUT STRUCTURES THAT WE BUILD CAN BECOME DUST. THEY CAN NOT EXIST ANYMORE. EVEN A BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURE SUCH AS THE SHRINE IN HANSVILLE, WHICH MOTHER ANGELICA BUILT, AND SHE SAID I WANT THIS TO BE AROUND FOR THE SECOND COMING, AND YOU LITERALLY THINK THAT WHEN YOU GO THERE. IT’S BUILT WITH SUCH MAGNIFICENCE. BUT BUILDINGS SUCH AS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR. THEY WILL BE DUST. THEY’RE NOT MEANT TO LAST FOREVER. BUT WE ARE. OUR SOULS ARE MEANT TO LAST FOR ETERNITY. WE HAVE AN IMMORTAL SOUL THAT GOD HAS CREATED UNIQUELY AND SPECIAL. YOUR SOUL IS UNIQUE AND UNREPEATABLE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER SOUL ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. AND GOD HAS CREATED THAT SOUL. HE HAS CHANNELED THAT SOUL INTO YOU. AND EVEN AFTER OUR DEATH, EVEN AFTER WE DIE, WE WILL NOT HAVE A BODY UNTIL THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, AND OUR SOUL EXISTS FOR ETERNITY. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, WE USHERED A DEAR FRIEND, THE HUSBAND OF DEBBIE CRUMB WHO IS HERE THIS MORNING, WE PRAYED AND WE USHERED HIM INTO ETERNAL LIFE, AND I ASKED OUR VIEWERS TO PRAY FOR HAPPY AND PEACEFUL DEATH AND THANKS BE TO GOOD IT WAS MORE THAN WE HAD EVER PLANNED FOR — RIGHT, DEBBIE? AND WE AWAIT, EVEN AFTER DEATH WE AWAIT THE COMING RESURRECTION BUT THE REALITY THAT EACH ONE OF US HAVE THIS IMMORTAL SOUL CREATED AN IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD AND UNREPEATABLE IS A TRUTH OF FAITH THAT CANNOT BE DENIED. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT? HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE REALITY THAT GOD, IN HIS ALMIGHTY, OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT PLAN — OMNIPOTENT MEANS GOD IS ALL KNOWING; OMNISCIENT, ALL-KNOWING, THAT HE IS EVERYWHERE — THAT GOD IN HIS PLAN OF SALVATION AND HIS PROVIDENCE, THAT HE HAS WILLED YOU INTO EXISTENCE; THAT SOMEHOW YOU BECOME PART OF GOD’S PLAN. GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN OF SALVATION. THERE IS NO PERSON ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH THAT WAS NOT WILLED INTO EXISTENCE, THAT IS NOT PART OF GOD’S PLAN NOW THAT BEING SAID, WE CAN DIVERGE FROM GOD’S PLAN. WE CAN CHOOSE EVIL. WE CANNOT LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD AND WE CAN CHOOSE THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION. LOOK AT SO MANY PEOPLE, LOOK AT HOW SO MANY EVEN PEOPLE IN OUR WORLD TODAY WHO CHOOSE A LIFE OF DESTRUCTION, THAT CHOOSE TO CURSE, THAT CHOOSE TO BREAKDOWN, THAT CHOOSE TO CAUSE VIOLENCE, FEAR AND CAUSE CHAOS IN PEOPLE’S LIFE. THIS IS NOT GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN OF SALVATION. TO CAUSE CHAOS. GOD’S PLAN IS ONE OF ORDER, PERFECT ORDER. AND BEFORE THE ORIGINAL SIN THERE WAS PERFECT ORDER. YOU CAN SAY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY IN HEAVEN. IF ANY OF US HAVE EVER GONE TO LISTEN TO A SYMPHONY, WE KNOW HOW SACRED MUSIC CAN SOMEHOW WITHIN THE HUMAN SPIRIT TOUCH THE SOUL AND EVEN BEGIN TO RE-ORDER OUR LIVES, JUST BY LISTENING TO SOMETHING VERY BEAUTIFUL. THE LISTENING TO SOMETHING HARMONIOUS. WE NOTE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LISTENING TO SOMETHING CHAOTIC AND LISTENING TO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL THAT TRULY BUILDS UP THE SOUL. BUT JUST IMAGINE WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE. WE EXPERIENCE THAT HERE ALMOST EVERY DAY IN THE LITURGY HERE, THAT HE IS BE TO GOD, A SLICE OF ETERNITY, LISTENING TO SACRED MUSIC AND WHAT THAT DOES FOR THE SOUL AND LEADING ONE TO GOD. BUT JUST IMAGINE WHAT THE MUSIC IF YOU WILL IN HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE. WE EXPERIENCE JUST A SLICE OF THAT HERE. IT WILL BE PERFECT ORDER AND PERFECT HARMONY IN HEAVEN. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH MUSIC AND OUR CHOIR WORKS VERY HARD TO DO WHAT THEY DO WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE DISCORDANT NOTE ENTERS INTO THE PICTURE, ONE LITTLE THING GOES WRONG AND IT CAUSES THIS CHAOS, IT CAUSES THIS RIPPLE WAVE, THIS EFFECT, AND THEN ONE PERSON GOES WRONG AND THE NEXT PERSON AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, YOU HAVE A BIT OF CHAOS. BUT THAT’S REALLY LIKE WHAT THE ORIGINAL SIN WAS LIKE. FULTON SHEEN WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT THE ORIGINAL SIN WAS LIKE THE WORST DISCORDANT NOTE THAT WAS EVER HIT IN HISTORY AND THAT NOTE CAUSED A RIPPLE EFFECT, A CHAOS THAT REACHES DOWN TO US TODAY, AND THAT EVERY ONE OF US CAN FEEL THAT EFFECT WITHIN US. EVERY ONE OF US CAN EVEN SEE THE EFFECTS OF THAT DISCORDANT NOTE. BUT GOD IN HIS PERFECT PLAN OF SALVATION USES THAT ONE DISCORDANT NOTE, THE ORIGINAL SIN AND WHAT DOES GOD DO, HE STARTS A SYMPHONY, ON THE NOTE THAT WHEN WE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD, WHEN OUR FIRST PARENTS SINNED AND TURNED AWAY FROM ALMIGHTY GOD, GOD HAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF SYMPHONIES, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ORCHESTRAS, AND HE DESIRES TO CREATE THAT WITHIN YOU. SO EACH ONE OF YOU ARE NOTES ON THAT SYMPHONY, EACH ONE OF YOU AND GOD KNOWS THE BEAUTIFUL SOUND THAT THAT MAKES WHEN WE CHOOSE TO LIVE LIVES OF HOLINESS. HOLINESS CREATES A SYMPHONY. SIN CREATES CACOPHONY, CHAOS, BUT HOLINESS, GOD CAN HEAR. AND SOMETIMES ON THIS EARTH, WE EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HOLINESS. SOMETIMES WE MAY PERCEIVE HOLINESS. SOMETIMES WE MAY SEE IT AND GET A GOOD GLIMPSE OF IT — LIKE THE OTHER DAY WHEN I WAS AT BARNEY’S SIDE WHEN HE DIED. JUST THE WHOLE DAY, JUST THE PEACE THAT WAS IN THAT ROOM WAS — YOU KNEW THAT GOD WAS THERE. YOU KNEW THAT SOMEHOW GOD WAS BREAKING THROUGH OUR DARKNESS AND OUR DAFTNESS AND ENTERING INTO THE PICTURE. AND THE BLESSED MOTHER WAS A PART OF THAT PICTURE IN GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION. AND BY HER YES — BY HER FIAT, BY HER YES TO GOD’S PLAN, BY GOD REALLY ASKING HER WILL YOU GIVE A HUMAN NATURE TO MY SON WILL YOU COOPERATE IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION? AND WE LOOK HOW THAT YES IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION, HOW THE YES OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AFFECTED HISTORY, BY BRINGING THE GOD-MAN INTO THE WORLD, BY GIVING FLESH AND BLOOD AND BONE TO OUR GOD. TO GIVE THEM EYES TO BE ABLE TO SEE. GOD WHO IS PURE SPIRIT NOW HAS EYES BECAUSE OF THE YES OF THE MOTHER. GOD NOW HAS HANDS TO REACH OUT TO THE MULTITUDES, TO REACH OUT TO THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN, CRUSHED IN THEIR SINS, TO PICK THEM UP. GOD HAS A BACK THAT HE CARRIED ACROSS TO CALVARY FOR YOU AND FOR ME THAT WAS SURGED, BEATEN TO A PULP, FOR YOU AND FOR ME. AGAIN ALL OF US ARE IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION AND IF WE THINK ABOUT THE ENDLESS YESSES, THE ENDLESS BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY OF YESSES THAT EVERY WOMAN, THAT EVERY MOTHER, BOTH NATURAL MOTHERS, THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN BIRTH AND THOSE THAT ARE SPIRITUAL MOTHERS, IF WE THINK ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY THAT THEY HAVE CREATED WITH GOD’S HELP IN THIS WORLD, WE CAN BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL I CAN SIT UP HERE AND SING MY MOMENT’S PRAISES FOR ETERNITY, UNTIL MY LIPS TURN BLUE. IF I DIDN’T AND OBVIOUSLY KNOW — IT’S NOT FORGETTING MY FATHER AT ALL. MY FATHER KNOWS THAT I LOVE HIM, AND HE COOPERATED OBVIOUSLY WITH GOD, AND IF IT WASN’T FOR MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER, I WOULD NOT BE HERE. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT A MOTHER, BECAUSE THE HUMAN PERSON RESTS UNDERNEATH THE HEART OF A MOTHER FOR NINE MONTHS PRACTICALLY. SO THE MOTHER HAS THIS UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH HER SON OR DAUGHTER AND SO THAT BEING SAID, I WAS THINKING THIS MORNING AND I ACTUALLY TOLD MY MOM THAT THIS MORNING, THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE HANDS TO HOLD THE BODY OF CHRIST, WOULD NOT HAVE A MOUTH TO UTTER THE WORDS OF CONSECRATION THAT I SAY AT THE HOLY MASS FOR THIS IS MY BODY, FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD, IF IT WASN’T FOR HER COOPERATION, IF IT WASN’T FOR HER YES AND I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON. WE WOULD BE HERE FOR AN HOUR. BUT IF I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT MY OWN MOTHER AND YOU NOT GET SICK OF IT, I’M NOT WORSHIPING MY OWN MOTHER WHEN I DO THAT. WHY SHOULDN’T I BE ABLE TO GO ON AND ON ABOUT THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY? MAXIMILLIAN KOLBE SAYS “OF MARY, NEVER ENOUGH.” MARIA NUN COM SATES, NEVER CAN ENOUGH OF THE ONE WHO SAID, YES. WE SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF MOTHERS IN THE ORDER OF GRACE AND IN THE ORDER OF GRACE AND IN THE ORDER OF NATURE. MOTHERS NURTURE AND GIVE LIFE TO THE WORLD. I HEARD — I READY A STORY LAST NIGHT OF A LITTLE CHILD WHO WAS BORN NOT ALIVE, AND THE CHILD WAS — WOULD HAVE BEEN, I THINK, 15 OR 20 MINUTES AND THE MOTHER AND THE HUSBAND TOOK THE CHILD AND THEY LAID THE CHILD ON THE MOTHER’S HEART AND THE BABY LITERALLY CAME BACK TO LIFE. AFTER SAYING PRAYERS, THIS CHILD BEGAN TO BREATHE AND GASP FOR BREATH. THE CHILD WAS DEAD. LET’S SEE WHAT GOD CAN DO THROUGH THE LOVE AND THE INTERCESSION OF AN EARTHLY MOTHER IF HE CAN DO THAT THROUGH THE LOVE AND INTERCESSION OF AN EARTHLY MOTHER, HOW MUCH MORE CAN HE DO FROM THE LOVE AND INTERCESSION OF OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND OUR MOTHER? I WOULD LIKE TO READ THIS POEM AGAIN IN HONOR OF MY OWN MOTHER, AND MY GRANDMOTHER — TWO GRANDMOTHERS AND EVERY OTHER MOTHER HERE PRESENT AND LISTENING. I GUESS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON ON EARTH IS A MOTHER. SHE CANNOT CLAIM THE HONOR OF HAVING BUILT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. SHE NEED NOT. SHE HAS BUILT SOMETHING MORE MAGNIFICENT THAN ANY CATHEDRAL; A DWELLING FOR AN IMMORTAL SOUL. THE TINY PERFECTION OF HER BABY’S BODY. THE ANGELS HAVE NOT BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH GRACE THAT CANNOT SHARE IN GOD’S CREATIVE MIRACLE TO BRING NEW SAINTS TO HEAVEN. ONLY A HUMAN MOTHER CAN. MOTHERS ARE CLOSER TO GOD THE CREATOR THAN ANY OTHER CREATURE. GOD JOIN US FORCES WITH MOTHERS IN ORDER IN PERFORMING THIS ACT OF CREATION. WHAT ON GOD’S GOOD EARTH IS MORE GLORIOUS THAN THIS, TO BE A MOTHER. GOD BLESS YOU MOTHERS, AND I LOVE YOU MOM.

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