May 3, 2010: Happy Mother’s Day to Notre Dame (Our Lady)

Last week, I celebrated April in Paris! It was a wonderful time. I had never even visited France before. The flowers were in full bloom and the weather was nothing less than delicious. The food and wine were to die for…almost!

The pictures above were taken as I unexpectedly walked the streets of Paris. Notre Dame simply means “Our Lady”. If you look closely at these pictures, you will see how God’s creation melds together with human creation. God and Humans create even more spectacular beauty. Let me explain.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him…
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth. (John 9-14)

God sent his son, Jesus into the world out of pure love. God accomplished this by consummating his love to a peasant girl from a no name town in the country. Her name is Mary. Through the power and compassion of the Holy Spirit, she conceived and gave birth to her son, Jesus. Jesus taught us to call God who is true father, Our Father”.

On the cross, as he was dying to a cruel and agonizing death, he taught us to call his mother, Our Mother”.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
John (the beloved disciple) 19:25-27

In French, if we want to say “I Am”, we simply say, “Je suis”. Through the burning bush, God told Moses that his name was “Yahweh” which is simply “I AM”. Jesus is the Son of God, the great I AM, Prince of Peace, Bright and Morning Star, Wonderful Counselor, Lion of Judah, Rabbi, Master, Lord, and the Way the Truth and the Life!

God, the Creator of the Universe and of the World, has given us His most precious and last earthly possession. This would cost Our Lady, our beautiful mother, tremendous and unheard of suffering. Simeon said to her at her son’s presentation in the temple only eight days after his birth: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

When my earthly mother, Margaret, died ten years ago in August, I never dreamed I would feel her presence this deeply today. My mother for all eternity is Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Our Lady, (Notre Dame). While I was praying the Rosary with my mother just seven days before she died an agonizing but beautiful death, I saw her hazel eyes turn a gorgeous blue and her ravaged face from cancer and literal starvation become radiant. The angels filled the room and the sweet scent of flowers intoxicated my body and soul. I had no fear.

On May 19th I will celebrate 20 years of priesthood in this year of the priest. I still have the card my mother gave me for my 10th anniversary just a few months before she died. When I open the card with rose colored flowers on the front it reads:

Be proud that you
have taken the path
less traveled by others,
but one that has been built by you, + Jesus
and you alone + the Holy Spirit.

Dear Ron,
We are very proud of you and love you very much. The last 10 years have been very different for you to say the least. Good, bad, indifferent, exciting, blessed, scary ect, ect. But one thing is for sure, you have always been in the hands of Jesus who has to love having fun with you. Don’t you think? We hope the next 10 years will be just as wonderful.
Love you Mom + Dad

Beloved, I do believe that I am in the hands of Jesus. And Jesus sometimes looks down from the cross and knows that the cross is a little too heavy for me. Jesus then reassures me that I can crawl back into the arms of his mother, and now my mother, in the hopes that one day, I will be taken down from my own cross and others will place my dead body in the arms of his Mother and my Mother (Our Lady Notre Dame).

Happy Mother’s Day to Our Mom!

Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron Moses +


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