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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother

I always try to go to mass on Sept. 8th to honor the Blessed Mother. I don't always get to go, but this year I did. I especially liked all the red roses in the Sanctuary.

Today also has a touch of poignancy for me too. It marks the 9th anniversary of my dad's death.

RIP, I'm glad he died on a day where we celebrate our heavenly mother's birthday. I feel reassured that she was close to him and had him under her special protection when he died.
I think my dad would have liked the young priest who said the mass today a lot. Fr. Gordon is particularly a little gung ho when he invokes the prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel. Fr. Gordon was ex-military, and so was my dad.
One nice thing to mention about my dad today was how much I appreciated how generous he was to all my friends, without fail. Dad always said things like "X is welcome to come along." He always took time to chat a bit with them.
The Blessed Mother was especially good to me too, today. Let's just say I had to go down to a government office and the outcome couldn't have been better. She gave me an early birthday present on her birthday.


paramedicgirl said...

For your Dad:

O gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of your departed servant. Be not severe in your judgement, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon him, and send, O merciful Savior, Your angels to conduct him to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

Dominic Mary said...

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace, et resurgat in gloriam.

Incidentally, he fulfilled S. Joseph Cafasso's earnest desire to die on a feast of Our Blessed Lady. S. Joseph was certain that would be the greatest possible joy, and indeed he did it himself.

gemoftheocean said...

DM, when I go, I want to go on a "Marisa" too.

And beautiful prayer Paramedicgirl!

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