Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is Pentecost and Mother's day. To celebrate this special day, someone called "NeedImprovement" on made this comment:
Is it a stretch of the imagination for catholics? I don't know if it should be. Just prior to the account of Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2, we are told in Acts 1:14 that our Blessed Mother was in the apostles' company, and that (Acts 2:1) when the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place.

NeedImprovement also posted this tribute to mothers by Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty *** (1892-1975):

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 souls to Heaven.
Only a human mother can.
Mothers 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 good earth is more glorious than this:
To be a mother?

I wish to dedicate this beautiful tribute of Cardinal Mindszenty to the three wonderful mothers in my life: my own dear mother who is now in Heaven, my dear wife who is busy every day making my life worry free, and my dear daughter who has now two beautiful daughters of her own.

*** Re: Cardinal Mindszenty:

Joseph Mindszenty was born in Hungary on March 29, 1892. He was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Sacred heart of Jesus on June 12, 1915, and was consecrated Bishop of Veszprem on March 25, 1944. From November 27, 1944 to April 20, 1945, he was imprisoned by the Nazis. Pope Pius XII appointed him Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary on October 2, 1945. Just a few months later, on February 18, 1946, the Holy Father raised him to the Cardinalate. As Pope Pius XII placed the Cardinal's hat on his head, the Pope said: "Among the thirty-two, you will be the first to suffer the martyrdom whose symbol this red color is."

When the Communists arrested Cardinal Mindszenty in Budapest on December 26, 1948, his twenty-three long years of persecution, suffering and enforced isolation began. Throughout his ordeals, he was unwavering in his faith, hope and love of God.

Upon the request of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Mindszenty departed from his country of Hungary, still occupied by the Communists, on September 29, 1971, and settled in Vienna, Austria. He died there at the age of 83 on May 6, 1975.

Today, Cardinal Mindszenty is buried in the Church of the Assumption, the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary, where pilgrims visit daily and pray for his intercession in their needs.

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