May Blog – Special Mother’s Day Edition

This is a selfie I took a few weeks with Mom before she passed.
There is nothing as profound as the love of a mother.


Dear St. Katharine of Siena School families,

Happy Mother’s Day to all our dear Moms in our community. I hope the day is a celebration by your family that shows how much you are appreciated and loved today and throughout the year. I hope you don’t have to lift a finger this weekend!

Please allow me to take this time to thank each of you as a community for the expressions of condolences to my family and me over the passing of my dear mom. She was special in so many ways, as I am sure your dear mom is or was.  For those of us who have lost our moms there is always a void.  However, that void is filled in other ways.  Similar to those that have experienced the empty feeling, I feel it has been filled in a few ways:

  • For those of faith we believe in the Resurrection of Christ and those here on earth will pass on to new life. I believe that my mom is at peace, with my Dad and many loved ones.
  • By priceless memories of her and family traditions that will carry on through my brother, sister and our families.
  • By the love and support I have received from my family and friends, most especially from my SKS community. The visits, cards, calls, emails, letters, and texts etc. that I have received has been overwhelming. I have felt your love, empathy, support and compassion. It has meant a great deal to me.

I said this earlier in an email to my colleagues, and I told this to the KG moms and grand-moms at the KG Luncheon this past Friday:

There is nothing deeper, more profound, more selfless, and more devotional than the love of a mother to her family. In no deference to fathers everywhere (my own dad and myself included), I believe this to be true.

I will pray to my Mom and for her today. I will feel her love and presence today, just in a different way.

Maybe you have heard of the term God winks. It‘s a term originally credited to author, Squire Rushnell, in his book When God Winks (2003) as “something taken as evidence that a higher power is at work; not just a coincidence.” God winks are little, sometimes humorous, reminders that God, along with someone who has passed on to new life, wants to tap us on the shoulder and say, “Hey, I’m still here! Don’t forget me!”

My family has already experienced a few God winks from Mom that tell us she is with us and still looking over our shoulders.

Wishing you and your families love and peace, I remain……

Truly grateful,