Have you ever been so anxious, scared, or upset that you weren’t sure what to do? I have. In fact, I felt that way just last night. I have been really anxious about an upcoming doctor’s appointment so much so that my heart was racing. I couldn’t focus on anything, and all I could do was think about my pounding heart.
What do you do in times like this? Do you call a friend? Journal? Cry? I did what we all used to do when we were upset as children. I went to my mother. I couldn’t go to my real mother because that would have worried her, so I went to my spiritual mother.
I held my Rosary, said several Memorares and several Hail Marys, and our mother calmed me down. Isn’t that what a mother is supposed to do—calm her children when they’re upset?
It never ceases to work. Mothers seem to have that special calming touch. So we have to wonder: Just what is it about a mother that calms us down?
It’s her love.
The love of a mother knows no bounds.
As we get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day and a very special Marian feast day, we should all think more about our own mothers, about our spiritual mother, and about the love they have for us.
When we were children, we had a wonderful childlike faith in our mother, and we knew that she would make everything okay. We’d go to our mom with cuts and scrapes, when kids were mean at school, and when we just needed a hug—and she would soothe us.
Some of us may still be able to do that. But our faith teaches that we can go to Mary as well. Despite the fact that we are grown up, we must cling to that childlike faith that our spiritual mother is always there for us. We must develop a relationship with her, talk to her, tell her our hopes and dreams, and ask for her guidance. We need to have faith that Mary will go to her Son with our troubles and that, together, they will help us through them.
That doesn’t mean that every problem will be magically solved, but it does mean that we will find the strength to deal with the crosses we are carrying. It helps us remember that we are not alone, and that Mary and Christ are carrying those crosses with us so they don’t feel so daunting.
That’s a beautiful image, isn’t it?
Our real mothers love us immensely, but our spiritual mother loves us infinitely more. Let that knowledge sustain you when you feel you have no one else to comfort you. Let that knowledge guide you when you feel you are out of options. And let that knowledge live through you and flow to your children, so that they know, not just that they can seek you out when they need you, but that they can seek out Mary and feel her loving embrace during times when they feel anxious, worried, or upset.
Mary wants us to take our worries and troubles to her. When we do, we will feel that inner calm and that inner peace that a loving mother can help evoke.
Remember, a mother’s love knows no bounds.
Happy Mother’s Day!