Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО

Mother’s Day

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

To our sisters in UCWLC, to all our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and Godmothers too. A Mother’s Day Thank you. Thank you for your example of compassion, courage, caring. Thank you for daring to don the role of caring, even when our modern world praises economic success and wealth above all; even when a feminine role is still questioned as somehow subordinate, equated with domesticity.

Mother’s day is promoted commercially as the day to thank mothers with gifts, flowers, brunch. But I want Mother’s day to be everyday—but not for the brunch (although that might be nice too)! What if every day, every individual recognized the mother’s love he or she carries inside? What if every one of us honoured the Mother of God as an example for us to give birth to the incarnation of love?

My mother died 27 years ago and yet not a day goes by for me without her.

Every human being, including Christ, has been nurtured and loved by a mother. Every human being has a mother in their being. Let’s show it. Let’s acknowledge mothers as those whose gentleness and tears are the powerhouses that drive resistance to oppression, that lay foundations of peace, that oppose the despair of poverty. Let’s remember the movements for justice driven by mothers, by women, in countries all over the planet. Women have banded together to resist tyranny through protest, prayer, through providing food and sustenance. I think of Ukraine, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina. . . the list is endless. Mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, godmothers too; women continue to nurture the world with a leadership that does not turn to violence as the first option. I want to celebrate mothers as examples of strength and courage; because, it takes profound strength and courage to love unconditionally, to love generously, to care for others.

Let’s thank the women of our community for their generous nurturing, leadership, and support of our Church and our parish, for their presence, for their organizing, for the coffee and praznyky and the beauty of our prayers.

Let’s thank our own mothers inside each one of us—by ourselves determining to give birth to more love in the world.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Marusia

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