01 November 2010

all saints day

november 1st is all saints day in my church, a day we are required to attend mass. and it was also my mother's birthday. now more than ever, i am comforted by the fact that she shared more than eighty birthdays with a day to honor saints.

in my childhood, there were a few years where i tried to go to church on my own birthday since that's what my mother always did. finally one year, i realized she most likely went for the holy day, not for her birthday. i remember feeling some childish disillusion at that realization.

tonight, i was weary from events of the day and looked forward to relaxing at home, so i thought i might skip mass. but in the end, i went, mostly for my mom. it was peaceful there with good messages and music. it was all saints' day. and after all, it was her birthday.

8 comments:

Star said...

A nice long post in honor of your mother and the value of meditation. Thank you.

Marie Grady Palcic said...

lovely way to honor your mother...i have not been on your blog in a while and i picked today to catch up, forgetting that our mothers shared a birthday... i fed a crowd bluejays in honor of my mother, who says hello thru bluejays and songs, then heard blue bayou on the radio... happy birthday, ladies, you both are missed :) sweet thing is, i believe they know...

susan t. landry said...

lovely post. sometimes when we resist a bit, feeling too tired to make the effort, the rewards are even greater.
i am sure you took home a goodly measure of peace.

Tabor said...

Belated good wishes on All Saints Day.

Nora said...

Did you sing "Happy Birthday, Mom"? She would have been pleased.

Stacey @ Entropified said...

Roman Catholic? Orthodox? Anyway, it sounds lovely.

~she~ said...

I'm sure you're missing your mom this time of year. Glad you did something to honor her.

chris said...

Marie Grady Palcic: and i believe you are right.