Editor’s note: We thank Joseph Durepos of Loyola Press for his kind permission to reprint this touching article. LMH
Mom’s Return to the Church
Joseph Durepos is an editor at Loyola Press. His post “Mom’s Return to the Church” originally appeared at People for Others.
My mom began taking me to Mass and registered me for CCD as soon as I was old enough. She read me stories about the saints, taught me about Jesus, helped me memorize my prayers, and—perhaps without really believing it about herself—taught me that God loved me.
In taking me to Mass, she eventually came back into her own faith. My growing faith touched something in her. She eventually returned to the Church. Along the way, she became a catechist, an RCIA volunteer, a lay Eucharistic minister, a lector, an adult faith formation instructor, and even a certified spiritual director.
When I ask her about it all now, she gets a little misty-eyed and tells me that when she looks back over her life, she realizes all her greatest blessings came when she was trying to help others—and so much of that started when she walked me into that church as a kid.
Joseph Durepos is an editor at Loyola Press and author of A Still More Excellent Way. The picture is of Joe and his mom.
Copyright 2014 Joseph Durepos