Mother’s Day ~ For the Most Important Person on Earth
As we celebrate Mother’s Day I couldn’t help but reflect on my own mother, and the life we shared together. Even though she’s been gone for years, she is with me every minute, every step, everyday.
“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of
having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body… The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?”
–Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
How appropriate it is on Mother’s Day!
Every mother is a caregiver by definition and by a lifetime investment of love. Mothers begin their role as caregivers starting at conception by caring for their unborn babies, and then at birth by caring for their infants, then follow up with a lifetime of love for their children at any age. This Mother’s Day there are many mothers who are caregivers for adult children who have disabilities. Others care for their own spouses. Many care for their own mothers and fathers in their later years.
Today we celebrate all Moms.
child, though I take your hand
Child, though I take your hand
and walk in the snow;
though we follow the track of the mouse together,
though we try to unlock together the mystery
of the printed word, and slowly discover
why two and three make five
always, in an uncertain world –
child, though I am meant to teach you much,
what is it, in the end,
except that together we are
meant to be children
of the same Father
and I must unlearn
all the adult structure
and the cumbering years
and you must teach me
to look at the earth and the heaven
with your fresh wonder.
Happy Mother’s Day mom.