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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Today, first of all, we give thanks to our holy Mother Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. Her yes, to the annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel was her yes to be immersed in the divine plan to bring salvation to the world through Jesus Christ, the second person of the Most Holy Trinity. Her entire life was characterized by living her yes to God.  Her choice to be the Tabernacle of the Most High, gave us the opportunity to know Christ and be saved by him. She always leads us to greater union with her Son.

So many earthly mothers have also said yes to God in the sacrificial love they have extended to their families. Our earthly mothers who brought us into the world and our mothers who raised us, give each of us many opportunities to fulfill God’s individual plan for each one of us.  I cannot imagine what my life would be today if I had not had the extraordinary love of my own mother and my father.

We must be very sensitive on this day dedicated to mothers. We know that not everyone has had the same experience of family or motherhood. We are sad for those for whom Mother’s Day brings a sense of loss or sadness. Our prayers go out to all of these.

The Church’s Book of Blessings includes blessings for a mother before childbirth, after childbirth, after a miscarriage, for parents and an adopted child and for many other occasions.

Today we rejoice and pray for our mothers, those who are here on earth and those who departed before us. We look back and reflect on their unique calling. For those who are mothers, we pray and rejoice in the precious gift of motherhood. For women who were not able to have children, but chose adoption, we give thanks for their generosity and love. For those who longed to have children but were never able to give birth or adopt, or who lost a son or daughter, we pray for their consolation. For expectant mothers who carry their child in their womb, we pray for a healthy birth and a long life of faith, love and family. For mothers in a crisis pregnancy, we pray for hope and new life.  We join all of you in your special intentions this day.

The Mother’s Day Blessing:

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Fr Hans Ruygt

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