Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Catholic Style

Looking for gift ideas for Mother's Day?  Here are a few suggestions that will provide blessing, honor and encouragement to your Mom, Grandmother or Godmother.

A Spiritual Bouquet
Instead of buying a traditional (and often overpriced) bouquet of flowers, give your Mom a bouquet whose fragrance will last for all eternity. A spiritual bouquet is a collection of prayers, devotions and acts of sacrifice or service that are gathered together in a card, mini-album, or scrapbook. These prayers are offered for the
intentions of the recipient.  

Every member of the family can participate in the creation of a spiritual bouquet - each providing their own unique "flower" to the arrangement. If you are giving one to a Grandmother, invite all her children and grandchildren to participate. Ask everyone to hand-write a note which honors Mom and thanks her for all she has done for them. Encourage them to make the notes personal and specific. Along with the note, have everyone include a specific spiritual offering they will make to the Lord for Mom's intentions.  Some examples of spiritual offerings are:
  • Praying the rosary each day for a month for Mom
  • Setting an alarm at 3:00 each day and offering a special prayer of intercession during the hour of mercy for Mom. 
  • Spending a Holy Hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offering it for Mom's intentions. 
  • Little ones can offer to pray a Hail Mary each day for their Mom. 
Have a Mass Offered For Mom
We often think of offering a Mass only for the deceased members of our families, but a Mass intention can be offered for those who are living.  In fact, St. Anselm is often credited with saying that 
"A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death." 
To have a Mass offered for your Mom, visit or call the parish office where you would like to have the Mass said. Make sure you indicate that the Mass is being offered for the intentions of someone living (this will be worded differently than a Mass offered for a deceased person). Make sure to attend the Mass, (along with your Mom), if possible, when it is celebrated!

Honor Your Mom in a Video
One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is to honor them with words of affirmation. Proverbs 16:24 tells us “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”.  In a world filled with Hallmark cards, it is very tempting to offer someone else’s words to express our feelings. However, our own words are far more powerful and meaningful. Whatever they lack in eloquence and poetry, they make up for in sincerity.  

Consider video taping a variety of people in your Mom’s life and ask them to share on the video words of encouragement for your Mom. Ask them to make their words brief and specific – highlighting a quality of your Mom that has particularly blessed their lives. For example, “Mom, I honor you for always going out of your way to back a homemade dessert for my birthday – you always make me feel special and loved and I thank you for that! Some of my greatest childhood memories are standing by your side helping you bake.”  By recording these personal words, you will give your Mom the opportunity to watch them again and again, whenever she needs a boost of love.  Beats Hallmark everytime! 

Email or Text Your Mom a "Quote of the Day"
Mother's Day does not have to merely be celebrated on only one day of the year. Brighten up the start of your Mom's day each morning by sending her an encouraging scripture quote, a quote from a favorite saint, or a short prayer.  These quotes can be related to motherhood, or can just be something that you know that your Mom will love or that has reminded you of her.

One of my favorite quotes about motherhood is by Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty - I have given it to many of my friends when they were expecting their first child and nearly 12 years after I first read it I still find it to be such a powerful testament to what a blessing it is to be a Mom.


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