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Honoring the Mother of God on Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a special time to celebrate the influential women in our lives who have nurtured and supported us. For Catholics and Christians, this holiday also provides an opportunity to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

As the mother of Jesus Christ, Mary holds a unique and revered position in the Catholic faith. She is seen as the ultimate example of motherhood - a woman of unwavering faith, devotion, and unconditional love. On Mother's Day, we can look to Mary's life and example as we reflect on the importance of mothers.

Mary's Motherly Virtues

Throughout the Gospels, we see Mary's maternal qualities shine through. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her, announcing that she would bear the Son of God, Mary humbly accepted God's will, placing her trust in Him (Luke 1:26-38). As Jesus grew up, Mary watched over Him with tender care, pondering the mysteries of His life in her heart (Luke 2:19, 2:51).

Even at the foot of the Cross, as Jesus was suffering and dying, Mary remained steadfast, united to her Son's redemptive sacrifice (John 19:25-27). And after His Resurrection and Ascension, she continued to guide and support the early Christian community (Acts 1:14).

Mary's virtues of faith, courage, compassion, and unwavering love serve as a beautiful model for all mothers. By imitating her example, mothers can find the strength and wisdom to nurture their families and point them toward Christ.

Honoring Mary on Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, we can honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in several ways:

• Pray the rosary as a family, meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life.

• Attend Mass and ask for Mary's intercession and blessing on all mothers.

• Display an image of Our Lady in your home and offer her flowers.

• Consecrate your family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

• Read about Mary's life and teachings, and seek to emulate her virtues.

As we celebrate earthly mothers this holiday, let us also pay tribute to the Heavenly Mother, whose love and guidance is a beacon for all who seek to live as disciples of her Son. Through Mary's intercession, may all mothers be strengthened and supported in their noble vocation.

Louisa Mastromarino is a Licensed Spiritual Health coach and certified counselor educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling, and a post master’s degree in Supervision and Educational Leadership.  Louisa is the author of Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Washington, D.C., Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to New York City, Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brizzley Bear Loves Poetry and additional publications.  

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