Come to think of it, I wonder how many people actually celebrate Grandparents’ Day. I know there is an official date for it in the USA, but it is not as prominent a feast day as Father’s Day or Mother’s Day are. The RCC celebrates the Memorial of St. Joachim and St. Anne today – tradition has it that they were Our Lady’s parents, the grandparents of the Christ.
But you don’t have to be a religious person to recognize the importance of grandparents, and how much they deserve a celebration day just for them! Here is what FransiscanMedia.org offers as a reflection on this special day:
This is the “feast of grandparents.” It reminds grandparents of their responsibility to establish a tone for generations to come: They must make the traditions live and offer them as a promise to little children. But the feast has a message for the younger generation as well. It reminds the young that older people’s greater perspective, depth of experience, and appreciation of life’s profound rhythms are all part of a wisdom not to be taken lightly or ignored.
Have fun today, and remember your ancestors. You are made of the same stuff they were made of…