Mother’s Day Menu
Moms feed their children from the moment they are conceived in the womb, which is where life begins! With breastfeeding, a mom continues to naturally give her child sustenance by giving of herself. And even after a child has learned to fend for themselves, there exists an instinctual desire for a mother to feed her children. I think of my own mother who insists I eat something each time I visit home – even when I’m not hungry!
Mothers also have an ongoing concern about whether or not their children are being fed spiritually. A regular practice of our faith will let her know she has accomplished this task. By living our faith well, we can also show to our moms we have put ourselves in God’s hands. For a mom, that’s the best place for her children. The second best place however, is around the dinner table with her.
In my book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, I dedicate an entire chapter to moms. The bite sized theological essays, conversation starters, and recipes, help husbands and children show their gratitude to mothers by making them a special breakfast in bed.
So to make this a special Mother’s Day weekend, be sure to do something special for mom, like making her the suggested menu in my book, and going all together as a family to church.
CLICK HERE for a few recipe ideas to help celebrate Mother’s Day.
Recipe for the marinated fresh fruit:
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Also, if you share with us your favorite memories as a mom or memories with your mother, you could be featured in our next eBlast and Facebook page to help others see the shining examples of good people that are a part of this movement.
Let us pray:
Father in Heaven, you gave us our moms as a sign of your love for us. May we always be grateful for this gift. May we cherish the dignity of women, and especially those who made great sacrifices to bring life into this world. Protect all mothers from anxiety for their children, and may our prayers for moms be a sign of our gratitude and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Feast Day for Parents
May 1st is the Solemn Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. It’s a big feast day in Rome, similar to America’s Labor Day. The whole city shuts down and they feast all day long!
May is also a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Your church might have a May Crowning and maybe you’ll hear even more sermons about Mary, especially on the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend celebrated in America.
And while May is truly a month to celebrate the parents of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I propose we use it as a time to celebrate our own parents as well.
Even though there is no official “Parent’s Day,” this month’s Feast Days give us time to reflect on what it means to be a good Mom and Dad, to improve parenting skills in general, and to make sure that we let our own parents know how much we appreciate them with a delicious meal. And I have two books to help with that!
For those new to our movement, my first book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, has a chapter with bite-sized theological essays about Moms and Dads. It also includes recipes you can make to say a special “thank you” to your own parents. There are even questions to facilitate a conversation about the important role of parenting. Not to mention my famous winning recipe from the Food Network Show, Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.
My second book, Spicing Up Married Life, compliments the important role of parents in the family. I believe the family’s love for each other begins with the strength of the parent’s love for each other. With that, I encourage “month-aversaries,” a monthly dinner date instead of the traditional once a year celebration. Perhaps children can make a special meal for their parents based on the recipes of this book and encourage their parents to take some time to read the essays and ask each other the questions in the book. I’ve had many couples write to me and tell me how this book has really helped strengthen their relationship as spouses and also as parents. Please feel free and share your own comments about this book here.
May also happens to be a popular month couples to also get married. These books are no doubt a great gift for the newlyweds!
Use this month well! The Feast Days of this month coupled with the resources from our movement, bring powerful reminders to honor moms and dads, like Mary and Joseph. They deserve the recognition from children and society. Parents who work hard to provide the “daily bread” for their family deserve a special meal to celebrate their necessary role in building up God’s family! Let’s start a movement to celebrate “Parent’s Day!”
Let us pray:
In honor of the Feast of St. Joseph and in the month dedicated to Mary, we pray for our parents. May God raise up and inspire moms and dads to seek only the best of things for their children, feeding them only the best food for body, mind and soul. Bless and protect the sacrament of marriage Lord, and help loving moms and dads to be the effective sign of charity, commitment and holiness in the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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