On this lovely weekend, I thought I’d share with you a list of the Ten Things Mothers Always Say that someone had worked hard on compiling. See if any of these sound familiar to you:

  • Because I said so!
  • Cupcakes are not breakfast food.
  • I’m doing this for your own good.
  • You could catch your death of cold out there.
  • Close the door. We don’t live in a barn!
  • If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to play outside.
  • If you’re too full to finish your dinner, you’re too full to have dessert.
  • Don’t talk with your mouth full.
  • Someday you’ll thank me.
  • All I do is follow you around all day, picking up after you like some maid.

Honestly, what would we do without these pearls of wisdom? So, let’s begin by expressing our gratitude for and wishing all mothers and grandmothers a joyous celebration of Mother’s Day!

One of the most beautiful gifts that each mother brings to the family is that of tenderness – the kind of nurturing love that allows children to feel safe to thrive. Sadly, so often it is conceived as weakness. Quite the contrary! Tenderness is a trait from God who longs to gather his children, “As a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings” (Mt. 23:37). Exercising this kind of love in a balanced manner isn’t an easy task, especially:

To be caring without becoming overbearing, thus taking away the chance for the kids to learn to be responsible for themselves, to fight their own battles. (The mom who has to do everything for her child…no matter what age!)

To be affectionate without becoming a push-over, terrified of showing firmness and discipline. (The mom who sits in the corner crying hysterically, because her child doesn’t behave and she doesn’t know what to do…)

To be nurturing and protective without ever robbing the children of the capacity to stand on their own two feet (The mama bear who shreds people who are mean to her child to pieces, regardless of reason…)

The bottom line is, there is so much more to being a mother than giving birth and changing diapers. How under-appreciated a job! Hopefully, those who are mothers and grandmothers allow themselves to be spoiled this weekend – even with runny, under-cooked eggs and burnt slices of bacon.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Fr. Martin