Happy Mother’s Day to all physical mothers (biological and adoptive), spiritual mothers, birth mothers, foster mothers, stepmothers, and godmothers out there.
Happy Mother’s Day to fathers who have to take the place of mothers, to grandmothers and aunts and neighbors who become mothers, to family and friends who support the mothers in their lives.
Happy Mother’s Day to mothers who’ve lost children, to mothers who haven’t yet begotten children, to mothers who ache over their empty arms and mothers whose arms sometimes seem too full.
Happy Mother’s Day to mothers estranged from their children and to children missing their mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day to Pinterest mothers and drive-thru mothers, to working mothers and stay-at-home mothers, to mothers who have it all together and mothers who need a break.
Happy Mother’s Day to Sisters and nuns and consecrated women the world around who have borne no children but are mothers just the same.
Happy Mother’s Day to mothers of aborted children, to teachers who become mothers, to women wise beyond their years who mother their peers and their elders.
Happy Mother’s Day to the Mother of all mothers. May God bless us all with hearts like hers, open to being broken for love of our children, ready to suffer selflessly that the world might know Love.
If you are a woman, you are a mother. Happy Mother’s Day to you.