Sunday, May 14, 2017
Happy? Mother's Day
Well, sometimes it is not so happy. My Mom is dead, so that makes for a change of focus to say the least. So I try to wish Mom's I know who are doing a heroic job, Happy Mother's Day. My two sisters would be examples. They are Moms. But say you are a mom living under a bridge due to drugs, alcohol, deadbeat spouses, poverty. Maybe not so happy. What would I say to these people should I meet them? "You gave your child life. You will always be a Mom." What if you aborted and now feel not so good about that, or just wonder where that little fetus might be, if anywhere? I might say, "The past cannot be changed, but you can be a nurturing person to another who feels lost, pregnant, frightened, trying to recover from addictions." And children who hate their Moms for what Mom did or did not do. "They gave you life. Be grateful with a Thank you for that." Mother's Day can be a time to help people deal with their miseries, regrets, guilt and shame, as well as rejoice for our blessings. What a great day to be of service or ask for help along the way. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to my big sister, Maureen, in purgatory. She practiced being a Mom on her little brother. Her expertise came much later, unfortunately for me. But I was ordained 40 years ago today, Mother's Day. Boy, was my Irish Catholic Mom beaming.