May this day bring comfort and relief to our parents. They have accomplished much, not the least of which is Us. They have not always been perfect, but then again, neither have we. They have sacrificed, worked hard, and have dedicated their lives. The time has come for them to know peace, contentment, and security. May we set aside any resentment we may hold, and recognize them for the fragile, beautiful creatures they are, animated with the divine spark of life. Aging is not always dignified: may we protect what dignity they have left. May we surround them with love, and help them ready for their next transition, whatever it may be. For our mothers and fathers, we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.