Have Faith in God

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

Today is Mother’s Day, established on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On May 9, 1905 Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, died in Philadelphia. In 1865, after the Civil War, Mrs. Jarvis organized a Mother’s Friendship Day, to encourage peace and the care of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis had lost four sons in the war. She moved to Philadelphia after the death of her husband. It was her daughter, Anna, who convinced President Wilson to declare the holiday, to honor mothers who in so many ways bring healing and peace to their children.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God”. God has sent us faith-filled mothers who calm our troubled hearts. We are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin

Mothers Are a Gift

Today’s Word:

“They are your gift to me” (John 20:24)


On This Date…

Today is Mother’s Day, established on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson as a national day to honor mothers.

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis

On May 9, 1905 Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis died in Philadelphia. Two years later her daughter arranged a gathering in her home in Philadelphia to remember and pray for her mother. The first public celebration of Mother’s Day was on May 10, 1908. The first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day was West Virginia; Mrs. Jarvis had been a Sunday School teacher at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Inspired by today’s Gospel we raise our eyes to heaven and pray for our mothers, saying of them, “They are your gift to me”.

– Father McLaughlin

 

 

A Mother’s Love

Today’s Word:

“Love one another as I love you” (John 15:12)


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On May 10, 1908, churches in Philadelphia and Grafton, WV, held Mother’s Day celebrations. Mrs. Anna Jarvis, a Sunday school teacher in Grafton had died in Philadelphia on May 9, 1905 and her daughter gathered people at their home in Philadelphia on May 9, 1907 to have a private time of prayer and remembrance for Mrs. Jarvis.

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution for a national day to honor mothers; in 1915 the president proclaimed Mother’s Day as an annual national observance. Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Turkey also mark Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May; over 40 other countries have a day for honoring mothers.

In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Love one another as I love you”. We learned this love first from our mothers and we are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin