A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

A Mother’s Love

Posted on: May 9, 2013

Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart.

~ Danish proverb

family photo

My mother, grandmother and me

This past Sunday, the priest reminded our congregation that May is a month dedicated to Mary, Jesus’ mother and our spiritual mother, and encouraged us to say the rosary or at least a Hail Mary each day.

He spoke about how Jesus made sure his mother was cared for as he was dying on the cross and how he brought her to heaven to be with him, where she intercedes for all of us and leads us to Jesus. (If you’re new to the Church, sections 963 to 975 of the Catechism talk about Mary’s role as our advocate.)

I’m thankful that Mary said yes when the angel Gabriel told her she would be the mother of Jesus and that she carries our prayers to Jesus.

I’m also thankful for my mother. I’m grateful that she has been there to have marathon phone conversations with, offer advice on everything from making a good cup of coffee to dealing with a high-energy child, celebrate my joys, and comfort me in the tough times. That she has always made it clear how much she loves me, even when I’ve felt less than lovable. And that we are not only mother and daughter, but also friends.

As a mother myself, I’m not looking for a grand gesture on Sunday. No breakfast in bed or bouquet of flowers or jewellery. Just a little quiet time to have some coffee or tea and read the paper at breakfast, and a big hug from my son—which may not seem like much but is sometimes asking a lot of a 13-year-old boy.

On Mother’s Day, let’s give thanks for and honour the mothers in our lives—mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, and other women who have cared for us as a mother would. For those of us who fill these roles, may we be a positive influence on the children in our lives.

And on this day of the National March for Life, I pray that we would be thankful for birth mothers who choose to raise their children or allow others to raise them through adoption, and for adoptive mothers who welcome these children into their lives and hearts. And I pray that all those affected by abortion would find healing and compassion in Jesus.


Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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