My paternal Aunt, Mary Margaret Fallon, was born on this day December 8, 1926. She was named after Mary, the mother of God and her grandmother Margaret Veronica Heaney who was born on December 8, 1859.
December 8th is the day that Catholics celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which is to say, that Mary was born without the heritage of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I ponder these little bits of religious history and data every now and again as I reflect on how Mary Margret’s father ( my grandfather) was excluded from the Catholic Church. Excluded due to his marriage to a divorced non-Catholic woman with a child from that marriage. And yet, he chose to honor not only his mother, Margaret Veronica Heaney, but also Mary, the mother of Jesus when his third child was born on December 8, 1926.
I write about this in “He Didn’t Want to Work on the Railroad” pg 51.
“ At about 12 years old, Dad asked his father why he didn’t go to church. His father’s reply. None of your business. ”
“ He Didn’t Want to Work on the Railroad is available thru the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Amazon Prime. Search the author name: Janine Fallon Mower
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