Mother’s Day

In the United States, the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day, a special day to honor all mothers, both living and deceased. While having no mention in our liturgical calendar, we nevertheless unofficially consider Mother’s Day as a day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Our Blessed Mother, for she is called in scripture “blessed among women.” Through Mary’s humble acceptance of the will of God, the trajectory of human history was forever transformed.

While their are are numerous titles in the Church for the Virgin Mary, one of my favorites is Our Lady, Untier of Knots. This title is not associated with an apparition, but rather originates from an ancient text of Saint Ireneus in the late 2nd century. He wrote “the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by Mary’s obedience.” We see here the beginnings of the devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots.

I am especially fond of this title, because it reflects a primary task of our earthly mothers… helping to untie the many “knots” in the lives of one’s children. Even when she can’t make everything better, a mother will try with a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, a kiss, a joke, or just being there.

Mary reflects a mother’s generosity, love, and compassion for their children and to all they meet. Mary exemplifies how to be a model of deep faith and great courage as in facing the joys and challenges of life.

On this Mother’s Day, we pray that our Blessed Mother will wrap her mantle around all mothers, and through her powerful intercession, strengthen them in their maternal role. We ask her to watch over all of our wonderful mothers who have given us life and love!

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