on this day that we honor mothers,
may we draw strength
from the mothers who went before us.
May we remember Jochebed, mother of Moses,
who gave her son over to God’s providence
when forces that threatened him
were beyond her control.
May we remember the mother of Mary, St. Anne,
who helped her daughter learn
an openness to God’s will.
May we remember St. Monica, who suffered
an abusive spouse and her son’s poor choices,
but lived to see her child’s return to God.
Most of all, we remember Mary.
Though she watched her child suffer and die,
she also saw his resurrection and glory
and was in turn glorified by him.