Happy Mother's Day

I’m mindful today of:

      Mothers caring for babies, young children and teenagers.

      Mothers whose adult child/children are away from home

      Grandmothers who are denied a cuddle and a gift from their grandchildren & still know they are greatly loved.


I think especially of mothers who sadly lost children;

may you feel their loving presence in the absence.


And we hold dearly in our hearts, mothers who are resting with the Lord



I planned to play a song during Mass today for mothers

but couldn’t find a suitable recording from my CD library

so what could one do but sing a song..

I said to myself, if Fr Ray can do it, why not Brennan


The chosen piece was an old Irish ballad,

sung by Bridie Gallagher, the Girl from Donegal .

She was Top of the Pops well before the Pops became fashionable


The title of the song is very appropriate on the day

A Mother's Love is a Blessing

May you too feel very blessed in your children.

this Mother’s Day

                  Fr Michael



And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said,

Speak to us of Children.

And he said:
 Your children are not your children.
 They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
 And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
 For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

 You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
 The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
 Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
 For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable                              

Kahlil Gibran   The Prophet