• Fr. Cory Rohlfing

Happy Mother’s Day! Women have one of the greatest Powers of God, to create life and nurture life.

My heart dropped when I heard Governor Tim Waltz tell us that churches are to remain closed until May 18 along with other businesses. On the other hand it is nice to have the hope that soon things will open up. Depending on what side you fall on the debate of “open up soon or remain closed until it is safer,” we as Church must show reverence for each other. We can agree or disagree with the timing, we can have heated debates, but we cannot show disunity in the mission and we cannot stop loving one another. So, when we get back to worship, be patient with one another.

I’m guessing that there will be a long list of things we must do to prepare for worship. Be patient. I hesitate to list the changes because whatever list I make will probably change weeks from now. Please continue to dive into God’s word. Check out The Catechism of the Catholic Church section 103. You will find that we are to reverence God’s word in the same way we reverence the Eucharist. Why? Because they are both Jesus.

Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day! Women have one of the greatest Powers of God, to create life and nurture life. St. John Paul talks about the genius of women. The qualities of a woman: tenderness, compassion, love, passion, vibrancy. Women naturally seek to embrace that which is living, personal and whole. To cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth is her natural maternal yearning.

One woman objected to the above language. She was a corporate woman and she thought it made it sound like women were weak, submissive and cute. I responded, “No, that is not what I am saying. What I am saying is your true strength comes from you being a daughter of God and you reflect God in your womanhood.” You don’t get your deepest identity from your work. We talked about it for a while and she admitted that her bosses did use her and saw her worth primarily in her ability to make them money.

Mothers, your sons and daughters have a different vantage point. We treasure the way in which you have given your life for us. We ask Mary the Mother of God to protect you and reward you for your generosity.

Peace,

Fr. Cory Rohlfing

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