May 3, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window

How fortunate I am that each day, no matter the time or season, my view from the rectory window allows me to look upon the shrine of our Blessed Mother. Depending on the day or circumstances in my life, our shrine can evoke for me encouragement and challenge, solace and inspiration, prayer, petition, questions and/or answers. As we anticipate Mother’s Day, I share with you that our shrine can, at times, speak to my temptation to confine my reverence for the Blessed Mother (and in fact all mothers) to simple notions of sentimentality.

Rather than reducing motherhood to mere sentiment, Our Lord elevated this vocation to a participation into the divine. On one occasion, when Jesus was preaching, He had the opportunity to memorialize Mother’s Day when a woman in the crowd blurted out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Instead of celebrating His mother in public, Jesus pointed to another reason to celebrate all women. “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28). He redefined our reasons to honor women and changed everything for all of us. In so many ways, these our mothers, redefine how we all may share in the divine:

  • To those who gave birth this year to their first child — we celebrate with you.
  • To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.
  • To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you.
  • To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or runaway children — we mourn with you.
  • To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
  • To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you.
  • To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.
  • To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.
  • To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you.
  • To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.
  • To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths.
  • To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be — we grieve with you.
  • To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.
  • To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember that you hold your child in your heart.
  • To those who accepted the life within, despite the advice to consider alternatives – we too find life because of you.
  • To those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising – we anticipate with you.
  • And to those who are single and long to be married, mothering their own children — we continue to hope your dreams will be realized.

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst.

We remember you.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Fr. Pete