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Monday Extra… The Best Gift – My Mama and the Talk

(In addition to today’s Monday Musing, I also present this post.)

Random Acts of Momness is a blog hosted by Catholic author Ginny Kubitz Moyer. If Ginny’s name is familiar to you it could be from her book, Mary and Me or from her work at Busted Halo, Catholic Mom, or US Catholic, just to name a few! (Here is a nice summary of Ginny’s work.) I have really come to love reading Ginny’s blog, a place that I find filled with wisdom, insight, humor and more. While Ginny’s name was certainly familiar to me from all sources listed above and from Mike Hayes’ blog, Googling God, it was ultimately and more recently through Mike Leach’s Why Stay Catholic blog that I got to know Ginny a bit better. (BTW, Mike has convinced many people to stay Catholic, how can we convince Mike to stay blogging?)

In any case, Ginny has a regular feature where Catholics share their experiences about the best gift that their mother gave to them. As I read these posts I would think about how much I would love to write such a piece, even if it did not end up on Ginny’s page. So I began to tinker with a post about my mother and the lessons that she taught me about death. Of all the gifts that my mama gave to me, this gift has been one of the best of all. After all – how do we live without death?

In any event, imagine my shock and surprise when Ginny asked me to submit an essay. I was knocked over and then I got up and edited what I had begun. Thank you Ginny for prompting me to say something that has been on my heart for a long time. What a reminder that our Catholic Christian faith is never about God and us alone, but about how we are transformed by others in Christ’s name. What that I point you to the result of Ginny’s invitation and my efforts. This was published over at her place today and if you are so inclined, head on over there. It begins like this…

It was August 1966 and I was almost 9. We were temporarily living in an apartment in a Victorian house, which also happened to be a funeral home.

The apartment had its own entrance, segregating the living and the dead. One day my mother decided it was time for us to have “the talk.” Being Irish-Catholic, “the talk” was not about sex! No, “the talk” was about death, a favorite topic of many Irish Catholics, my mama chief among them. (continue reading…)

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