distracted by mothers.

distracted by mothers.

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Today I was pretty distracted at church. That doesn’t usually happen that much, but I suppose because of the celebration of that which was Mother’s Day today…I had a lot more on my mind, than I thought when I first walked in and sat down in an empty seat.

I started off my day talking to my mom, greeting her Happy Mother’s Day, then, my sister (a new mom, what what!) and then threw out a few prayers and text messages to my mother friends throughout the day. The usual…

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Mom and Isla (my sister’s baby!) – 6.17.13

But at church, I couldn’t help but think about…the people who have lost their mothers, and the women who are trying to have a child, but don’t have one, and the women who lost their children way too soon or tragically, and the women who have taken in children who are not their own, but treat them as such, and then the men who have had to take upon the responsibilities of the “mother” for whatever the case…

And then, of course, I thought about the Cabrini Sisters, who had taken me under their wing for the recent 3-4 years, and how though none of them have biological children, they have certainly “mothered” more children, men, and women, than I could even count! Yes, their love and prayers reach all the ends of the earth, and I certainly believe that.

My community in New York.
My community in New York – we were quite diverse!
Sr. T and I in the Philippines!
Sr. T and I in the Philippines!

As you can see – I was distracted.

Such sadness can also be surrounding this celebration holiday. It’s a good one, but, it’s always important to think about the other.

I then thought about the Nigerian girls who had been abducted on April 14. 276 school girls had been abducted, and I think about the pain that their mothers must be feeling – still…and the fear within them as well. Human trafficking – the atrocity that it is, but also the pain that it causes the victims, and their family members, their mothers included.

#bringbackourgirls
#bringbackourgirls

Today, yes, we celebrate all mothers, but, we especially celebrate all who have “mother”-like qualities to them. In gratitude for the blessings of mothers, and all who have listened, supported, taken care of, “mothered,” and rested with their kin, we say THANK YOU.

Despite these distractions…it was a good mass. 🙂

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