Sunday, July 26, 2009

To honor and be honorable

Many folks my age are caught in that dual role of still trying to honor their parents (even if that means, like some of us, praying daily for the dearly departed), as well as hopefully trying to be honorable parents themselves (ie., resisting the desire to pack the kids off to a school until they are 30).

Other than a daily chat with St. Joseph, me thinks a few minutes honoring today's saints, Mary's mother Ann and her father Joachim, is also what helps us as good parents and good daughters or sons.

"Joachim and Ann—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure." Saint of the Day

The above description of our Lady's parents should in fact be a description for every parent. Not like the modern trends of trying to be your kid's "friend" (they need parents, they gots friends!), or the other side of the coin, the selfish couples that put their wants before their children's needs (these folks are a sadly a plenty in the status enslaved DC area, so pray a lil' harder for yer friends down thatta way).

While it is truly to honor God that we honor our parents, it is also helpful to our lil' ones if they see something in their parents worth honoring.

St Joachim & St. Ann pray for the parents
St. Ann & St. Joachim pray for the children
Mary,mother of God, pray for us all

*Image from St Anns in Arlington VA

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