“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life.” (Abraham Lincoln)
A very happy and blessed Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers and the many ladies in our lives who are “mother-like” figures! While the American history of this day notes that it began in a small way at a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908, by 1914 Mother’s Day had gained official recognition when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation which set our national observance on the second Sunday of May each year.
While almost every country in the world celebrates Mother’s Day in some way and on some day in the course of the year, one aspect of its observance cannot be ignored. In Catholic and Orthodox countries, the influence of our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary certainly has been at the center of the “how” and “why” such a secular observance could have lasting religious value. As the Mother of God and the Savior of the world, Mary holds a unique place in what is called “salvation history.” Thus, Mother’s Day has come to include a special devotion and expression of our love to the Virgin.
The quote from President Lincoln, above, is a beautiful one that most of us can say is true about our mothers. How much more true is it for the Mother of our Lord? Her constant intercession in the heavenly court for all God’s children is a wonderful grace we receive daily.