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Annual Mother/Son

Annual Mother/Son Breakfast Shines OnOur Mother/Son breakfast was held on a gloriously sunny morning early in April and was well attended. AfterMass celebrated by our chaplain Fr. Ron Gillis, seniors and their mothers had brunch in our library, sumptuouslyprovided by Germana Mitchell, Callie McGovern, Linda Maher and generous others helping out in allkinds of ways. After brunch, Alvaro de Vicente spoke in Chesterton Hall about the importance of alwaysthanking our mothers, of seeking their advice even as they move away from home and head towards college,of remembering all the sacrifices by which they brought us into the world and helped us mature.“Perhaps one of the most important wayslogical that we need to be good male role models for ourkids. That is not to say infallible. That’s unrealistic. Ourkids will respect us deeply if they understand we makemistakes, and yet, remain committed to the struggle tolive an honorable life, not just for our own benefit butfor theirs as well.Perhaps one of the most important ways I have beenable to earn and sustain my position of influence in thefamily is to insist that my kids respect and honor theirmother. I’ve seen kids develop an admiration for theirparents and themselves by witnessing the parents’esteem for each other. We need to treat our wives with asense of reverence, and demand that from our kids.I have been able to earn and sustainmy position of influence in the family is to insist that”It also helps to be open with our children. We canshare our life with them by telling them stories aboutourselves as a kid (not all the stories, of course) and thefriends we had. We can tell them about meeting theirmother. And, while remembering that they are children,we can help them to understand the higher things of life,such as generosity, reverence, humility, and trust inGod’s fatherly providence.Listen to your kids. They have a lot to say that canguide your approach to them—each one is unique—andhow to best leave your mark with them—whether you’rehome or away, in this life, and the next.my kids respect and honor their mother.Summer 200525

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