Saturday, May 10, 2014

the saddest day of the year

The Saddest Day of the Year 

A friend of mine who is childless stopped me after Mass today. She confided in me about how sad she was because she couldn't stand up in church to receive the special Mother's Day blessing.

So, this post is for her and for YOU...if you are a mother, or hope to become a mother one day.

This is for you if you have been unable to become a mother.

This is for you is you have lost a child through illness or injury, in military service...or through suicide.

If you are a mother who has been entrusted with the care of a child with special needs, this is for you.

If you have suffered a miscarriage...or opted for an abortion, this is for you.

If you are estranged from your children...if you wish you had done better...if your maternal heart is broken, this is definitely for you.

If you are trying to do it alone, this is for you.

This is for all the meals you prepared, all the laundry you washed, all the miles you drove, all the sleep you lost.

For the comfort, encouragement, patience, kindness, and love you have shared.

For the frustration, worry, sorrow, anger, and sacrifice you have borne:

Ecce mater tua:
"Behold your mother."

...because Mother's Day may be the happiest day of the year for you...or the saddest.
"The mother is everything--
she is our consolation in sorrow,
our hope in misery,
 and our strength in weakness.
She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness.
  He who loses his mother loses a pure soul
 who blesses and guards him constantly."
--Kahlil Gibran--

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