Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I am remembering and praying for my own mother, for my husband’s mother, for my sisters-in-law, and for all mothers. I also know that this is a hard time for many women, whether they are grieving over lost motherhood, a lost child, longing for motherhood, missing their own mother, grieving that they did not have a loving mother, or some combination of the above. All will be in my prayers in a special way.
I will particularly be thinking of, honoring, and praying to and with our most beloved Blessed Mother tomorrow, on Mother’s Day. I have long been deeply devoted to our Blessed Mother. I have many, many memories of her faithfulness to me and signs of her presence and care in my life. I will share just one of these small but concrete signs here.
Once when my children were very young (they are 19, 17, and 14 now), my husband had to go out of town for several days, so my mother came to stay with me and help me. One of these mornings, I was out walking our dog; she was at home with them. I was at a nearby park, enjoying the morning quiet and the dew on the grass, but also greatly appreciating how beautiful it was that my mother so generously came to help me in my time of need. If she wasn’t here, it certainly would not be easy to care for the children and the dog early each morning by myself. I was praying the rosary, the 2nd joyful mystery, which is the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. I pondered my mother visiting me in my time of need, likening it to Mary visiting Elizabeth in her time of need, and I was praying for our heavenly Father’s blessing on my mother and all our family. While praying and walking, I suddenly profoundly sensed Blessed Mother’s beautiful presence. It was amazingly peaceful, joyful, and so close to me. And then, I happened to look down in the grass, and I saw a small, plastic heart that said, “Holy Mother” on it. I was astounded, and joyfully picked it up, held onto it like the greatest treasure I had ever found, and I have kept it in a keepsake box ever since.
And here it is. As you can see, it’s not much to speak of, just a cheap piece of plastic. However, for me, and I hope for you, it is a sign of our Blessed Mother’s true and real presence in our lives — because Jesus made it so out of His unfathomable love for us. “I will not leave you orphans” (Jn 14:18). To me, this confirms that I did not imagine that feeling of her presence; she was there, and she IS here with each one of us–always. She is a mother that is ever loving, ever present, not limited by time or space, not judgmental, always accepting of her children. It is us that simply need to learn to tune into her presence. We do that through prayer, calling on her for her intercession, trusting in her care, just as any child would with his or her loving, wise, mother.
Entrust yourself to this mother. You simply cannot go wrong. She will lead you to her Son, to greater holiness, all while helping with all your needs, temporal and spiritual. Jesus wanted it so.
All glory be to God.