In preparation for our liturgical celebration of Easter and its interaction with the secular holiday of Mother’s Day, I ran across the following article. I share a portion of it with you to help you to understand the pastoral complexities we face today: “The question of how to ‘recognize’ mothers at a Mother’s Day Mass is a fraught one because behind the flowers and sentiment, Mother’s Day is very hard for a lot of people – perhaps it’s the most difficult holiday out there for people in pain. So when Father invites all the moms present to stand for their blessing at the end of Mass and the congregation applauds….who is hurting: infertile couples; post-abortive women; post-miscarriage women; women whose children have died; people who have been abused by their mothers; people with abusive mothers; women have placed children for adoption; and people who’ve recently lost their mothers.

It’s not that people should expect to be sheltered from the consequences of their choices and all that life has handed them when they enter the church doorway… Because we’re not walled off from the broader culture. People enter into that sacred space carrying everything with them, and Christ seeks to redeem all of it. So knowing that Mother’s Day permeates the culture, accepting it, but also accepting that motherhood and parenthood in general is far more complex than the greeting cards and commercials let on, and that people come bearing, not only motherhood-related joy, but motherhood-related pain as well – the Body of Christ embraces and takes it all in.” (from amywelborn.wordpress.com on 5/5/19)

Happy Mother’s Day to those who can celebrate… and to those who are hurting today, know that the power of Christ’s resurrection can heal. Yes, it is Mother’s Day but more importantly it is the Easter season!

-Fr. Thuerauf