Our parish priest is on holidays and we have a retired priest filling in for the month. At the end of the Vigil Mass last night, Father gave each mother present at the Mass, a signed card (for mother’s day) with the following quote of St Therese on it:
The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.
The card was decorated with roses. I was especially pleased because I have been praying to St Therese for a very important intention and that has given me encouragement regarding that matter.
I know that Mother’s Day is a secular celebration and is also commercialized at that, but Anna Jarvis (the American lady)* who started it to honour her own mother never intended it to be that way.
In this age where abortion has become so widespread, it does not hurt to give a genuine approach to mother’s day, recognizing the importance of mothers and babies. No pope, priest, layperson, scientist, king, queen, president**, teacher, tradesman, etc., ever got here without a mother*** yet mothers are so despised. They are supposed to go to hospital, get the baby out and turn up at their ‘real job’ in the office, in the parliament, on the board of executives etc. next week.
Today is not only mother’s day, but it is also my own mother’s birthday. She has always liked the film: The Song of Bernadette, since it was first released in 1943 when she was a child, so I am giving her a DVD of that film.
*Anna Jarvis was never a mother herself. (She never married).
**President Obama your own mother Anne made sure you were born and grew up. Let other babies be born and grown up. I send the same message to Hillary and to many other politicians and others around the world.
***There are two exceptions to this. Adam and Eve never had an earthly mother, because they started out as adults with a lot going for them.