Happy Mother's Day!
It is a great day since everyone wants to honor mom, the center of most homes, and, the one who calls the family together, with dad's help, course.
The grandmother of Jesus, St. Anne, was proclaimed Thursday as the patroness of Detroit, MI.
At the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Detroit, where the head of the Catholic Church here, resides, Arhcbishop Allen Vigneron, made the announcment to a round of applause.
God knows we need all the help we can get these days.
And, the powerful intercession of St. Anne has been called upon for centuries in the city since the original Catholic parish in Detroit that was established in 1701, is named after her.
Mother's Day is a meritorious day to hold up moms and women everywhere. Generativity and
nurturance are qualities of the female.
The decree from the Vatican that was read noted that St. Anne has been the patroness "from time immemorial."
Anne is the spouse of St. Joachim, and was chosen by God to be the mother of Mary, God's own blessed Mother on earth, Catholics hold.
Both were of the royal house of David in the Hebrew Scriptures, and, their lives were wholly occupied in prayer and good works. They were childless, and this was held as a misfortune among the Jews. But, when Anne was an aged woman, Mary was born, the fruit more of grace than of nature, and the child more of God than of man and woman.
With the birth of Mary, Anne was vigilant with the immaculate child.
Tradition tells that when Mary was three years old Anne and Joachim led her up the Temple steps.
All mothers can take solace in the heart and hands of St. Anne, a mother revered like all moms.
Or, at least they should be as sacred vessels that they are for humanity's generativity and birth.