Daily Reflection:
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
My Dear STM Parishioners,

An important element of being a member of a Faith Community is the willingness to hear and to share each other’s Faith stories.

Through that sharing, we discover how much we all have in common with our joys and sorrows. We grow in faith through the sharing of our life’s stories.

In these days of the pandemic, my Daily Reflection affords an opportunity for other members of our Faith family to share their Faith Journey/Story.

Today’s Reflection is written by our fellow Parishioner, Stan Dale.

Stan, thanks for sharing!

--Fr. Mike

Mother’s Day, 2020, is unlike any other. Who could have imagined the world as it is today? Where is the happiness?

My Mom died when I was 16. An only child, now orphaned and alone with no immediate family, I could not grasp what my world was in those days. It was not what I wanted. By that age I was a graduate of a Catholic elementary school and half-way through high school.

It was my faith and the Angels God put in my life--then and since--that gave me all I needed when I needed it to get to where I am today.

I miss my Mom as much today as I did almost six decades ago. Many Mother’s Days have passed since then, and many times in my life I would say: "Who could have imagined the world as it is today? It is not what I want. Where is the happiness?"

Seeing family and friends whose mothers are still alive makes me happy!

What St. Thomas More Catholic Church means to me makes me happy!

My friendships and relationships being made in the few years since I joined our Parish are amazing.

Our Church leadership, under the compassionate guidance of our Pastor, Fr. Mike, makes me happy.

I believe that slowly there will come a day when the world will go back to "normal." But for now, the beliefs I formed in elementary school about God and the saving grace of Jesus are strengthened here at St. Thomas More.

I am happy for the presence of all the new Angels whom God puts in my life to aid me in my daily journey.

But more than being happy, I am grateful.

Thank you, Jesus!

--Stan Dale
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