Where would we be without you? From the very first mother Eve to Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, to our own mothers. we wouldn’t be here without you. So here is a Happy Mother’s Day wish for all.
And of course I can’t just leave it at that. I was very lucky to have the Mom I did. She’s been gone for a while now, 18 years, but I still think of her every day. She wasn’t perfect by any means, and God knows my sisters and I tried her patience, but she did the best she could.
She tried to teach us how to be good people, good Catholics, some of us listened, some of us didn’t, some of us remembered, some of us forgot and had to do a whole lot of relearning. I can remember one Sunday morning at Mass when I…well never mind.
I was lucky. There are many people out there who aren’t or weren’t so lucky and who don’t or didn’t have mothers who were like mine. There are mothers out there who abuse or abandon their children. There are mothers out there who have children, not because of love, but because it is extra cash in the account each month. And there are mothers who never become mothers. They kill their babies before they have a chance to see them, to hold them, to love them. They can’t be inconvenienced by having a child right now, or by a child who just might turn out less than perfect.
This is especially sad when there are so many mothers out there who want children but for some reason are unable to have them. They would welcome the chance to love and care for any baby, even if someone else thinks there is something wrong with it if it is not quite perfect.
Maybe those mothers who have abortions will some day seek forgiveness from God. And I think we can be sure that those mothers who adopt those unwanted babies or choose to have one that might turn out less than perfect, that God will watch over them and give them the strength to deal with the struggles they will face.
So Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers in the world, and especially to my Mom, who I hope is somewhere looking down on me and thinking “I guess he turned out all right after all.”