This Mother’s Day, go beyond flowers and breakfast in bed by taking time to honor all women who give us life. Here are four possibilities.
by Heidi Indahl
Mother’s Day may not be a Catholic holy day . . . but it definitely has a Catholic vibe in the sense that it honors the women who, through their own love and sacrifice, gave us life. If you stop to think about it, though, there is more than one way for women to give others the gift of life.
With that in mind, this Mother’s Day, go beyond flowers and breakfast in bed by taking time to honor all women who give us life. Here are four possibilities.
1. Our Blessed Mother
Our Blessed Mother, for she is the mother of all of humanity.
Saint John Paul II wrote in his 1995 Letter to Women, “She . . . has become a gift for the whole human race, awakening profound trust in those who seek her guidance along the difficult paths of life” (10.4). The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary, and you can honor her by holding a simple May crowning with your family.
2. Religious Sisters
Religious Sisters, for they use their feminine gifts for the good of all humanity in what John Paul II calls cultural and spiritual motherhood (9.2). These women serve us with their prayers and their service to the Church and the community. Send a thank you to a religious order, or better yet deliver it in person with a few practical pantry and/or household items.
3. The women who gave us life
The woman who gave us life, the woman who nurtured us, and all of the women before us in our family tree, for we are tied to them by their gift of self through mothering. John Paul II describes the inestimable worth of the “ordinary women who reveal the gift of their womanhood by placing themselves at the service of others” (12.1). Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of these ordinary women and the gifts they have given us. Simple, family-centered projects make wonderful gifts for mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers—as well as other women who have nurtured us along the way, such as teachers and mentors. There are many suitable project ideas on my Family Projects Pinterest Board.
4. Our daughters
Our daughters, for in them is the potential of motherhood and the future of all generations. Let us celebrate and pray for them that they will one day courageously step into their own vocation of married or consecrated life. Include your daughter in your celebration of Mother’s Day by including her in your planning and recognition of the other mothers on this list. Consider hosting a Mother’s Day tea with your daughter for other local family and/or friends.