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Dear Friends,
This is, of course, Mother’s Day, and I extend to all our mothers not only our best wishes for this day but our deepest gratitude for being the face of God (spiritually, of course, since we all know God is pure spirit and doesn’t have a face), in, for and to our families. Please accept the carnation as but a small token of recognition of the special place you have in our hearts.

There was a beautiful meditation by Heather King (a frequent writer in a number of daily reflections) some years ago in Magnificat. The starting point of the reflection was the hymn Stabat Mater, the verses of which are sung in between the Stations of the Cross when they are celebrated publicly. Literally, Stabat Mater means “The mother was standing,” and, of course, refers to the Blessed Mother. “Through giving birth in a stable: still standing. Through a prophecy that her heart would be pierced by a sword: still standing. Through watching from the foot of the cross as her Son was tortured to death: still standing.” Sitting is the position we take for relaxing, for ease. Standing is the position we take for readiness, in expectation of service.

“To be a mother is to stretch yourself as far as you can possibly go. It is to say, There! That is everything I have; that is my blood, my heart, my bone marrow. And it is then to be called to give in yet a different way, a different direction. Just when a mother wants to rest, she is called to more openness of heart, more self-emptying, more patience, more work, more letting go, more love…”

What a beautiful description of Mary’s life which saw her being called to stand at the foot of the cross. And what was the expectation of service embodied in that standing? The offering of herself, along with her Son, to the world, in fulfillment of the Father’s plan for the world’s salvation. “Mary was the Mother Incarnate and her sacrifice was quite simply the complete acceptance of that which happened to her Son, which meant the death of every shred of possessiveness.”

It struck me that the sentiment expressed in this meditation could apply not only to Mary but to all mothers. “The mother was standing.” Mothers naturally are those who stand, in expectation of that call to serve, in expectation of that next moment when their compassion, their support, their assistance, their advice, their intervention will be needed. Mothers stand knowing that theirs is not the lot to be served (except, hopefully, on Mother’s Day), but to serve. Mothers stand in readiness, leaving the luxury of sitting to others.

And we are grateful. And today is the day to show it. Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

PS. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1st apparition of Mary to the children at Fatima, yesterday, May 13th, and Mother’s Day today, please pray this prayer of Pope St. John Paul II:

Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice, and of hope. Amen.

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