Mother Knows Best!

That's the title of Emily Stimpson's "In Focus" section in the March 15, 2009 issue of Our Sunday Visitor. What caught my eye was the title that appeared on the cover: "Offering it up." What many have thought to be an outdated spiritual practice made the cover of a popular Catholic periodical!

Here's what Emily Stimpson had to say about the expression "Offer it up"...

"Believe it or not, this isn't Catholic code for "Get over it." Although Mom might have occasionnally used it that way, more often than not, when she pulled this one out of her repertoire of cliches, she was calling you to practice the daily habit of self-sacrifice, a prerequisite for sainthood. "

The entire four page "In Focus" section of the March 15 issue is on "Sacrifice" and has some very worthwhile suggestions to help you see the value of making little sacrifices that with God's grace become powerful prayers. I think extra copies of this section are available through the Our Sunday Visitor web site: www.osv.com .