Today, we celebrate the memorial of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
My own wonderful mother’s name is Anne, so I remember her in a special way on this feast day of the Patroness of Mothers. I was recently sharing with a friend who is expecting her first child that she can expect her relationship with her own mother to grow and blossom when she welcomes her child into this world. While I have always loved and respected my mother, I never truly cherished her the way I have since my own boys came along and taught me just how difficult it can be to serve in the vocation of motherhood. Thank you, Mom, for setting such a wonderful example of how to be a loving, giving and serving mother. I am blessed to have you in my life!
As we pray through the intercession of these formative saints, let us remember in a special way the grandparents of our own children.
Lord, God of our fathers, through Saint Joachim and Saint Anne You gave us the Mother of Your Incarnate Son. May their prayers help us to attain the salvation You promised to Your people. Amen.