Blessing Babies

Herbie J Pilato
1 min readJan 31, 2022

A Son Remembers a Mother’s Prayers

One of my Mom’s many endearments was that she used to bless everyone with her Rosary, including me, especially after each visit to her home.

I would walk outside to my car, turn, and there’d she be, standing at her front window, with her Rosary in hand, blessing me with the Sign of the Cross.

That said, the Democrat and Chronicle, the local newspaper from my hometown of Rochester, New York, used to publish an annual baby announcement supplement with photos of all the infants born in the previous year.

A few months before Mom passed away in 2008, I remember walking into her apartment with that year’s supplement.

She was sitting on her sofa, with the supplement on her lap. Her left hand was holding steady the supplement; her right hand was holding her Rosary, the crucifix from which she was using to tap the photo of each infant.

When I asked her what she was doing, she replied, “Blessing babies.”

I’ll never forget it, or you, Mom.

Happy Memory Monday.



Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, and TV personality whose books about life and pop culture include THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS.