Happy Mother’s Day!

Special Edition
May, 2012 – Issue 2
A Mother’s Love
Did you ever think about how many amazing metaphors include the word “mother?”
We speak of Mother Earth and Mother Nature (no more easily fooled than our own Moms);
Mother Church and Motherhouse (both capture our hearts and spirits);
motherboard and mothership (one holds the crucial components of a system,
the other cradles smaller vessels that operate independently from it);
mother tongue and mother lode (our first language and an abundant, rich source).
The list goes on and on. It seems when we are grasping to express that which
holds together and nurtures, “mother” is our go-to word.
And no wonder. Mothers carry us for nine months in their bodies,
and for the rest of our lives in their hearts. While babies, we see them as mirrors,
learning who we are by gazing into their faces. As we grow older, we turn our
faces towards the world, eager for the independence that is only made possible
leaning on their love. A mother’s love is made of sacrifice and generosity,
gentleness and a steadying hand. Some mothers come to us biologically or
through adoption. Others are met over the course of a lifetime as teachers,
colleagues, partners and friends. In the best of worlds, it is our biological,
spiritual and “soul friend” mothers who teach us our most critical lessons about love.
How blessed is that?
This weekend, we remember all biological and adopted mothers, especially our own.
We thank God for all women in our lives who taught us critical
lessons and offered us the love that shaped us.
To each of them…
Happy Mother’s Day!
Prayer God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
(Author Unknown)
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