In this era of motherhood by choice, we confront an oddity that I could never have imagined would occur in my lifetime. It becomes much more evident at this special time of year when we honor our mothers and express our sincere appreciation for the sacrifices they made for us during our childhood and beyond.
I think about the young Canadian fellow who appreciated his mother’s nurturing care for him so much that he saved his money for years and was finally able to present her with a check to pay off her mortgage. Fortunately for all of us, he caught the touching moment on video. To date, nearly two million people have viewed this special celebration of motherhood. Bravo Aba!
We can relate to this one son’s expression of love for his mother in many ways, especially when put in the context of the profound words Pope John Paul II wrote in the Gospel of Life: “A mother welcomes and carries in herself another human being, enabling it to grow inside her, giving it room, respecting it in its otherness. Women first learn and then teach others that human relations are authentic if they are open to accepting the other person: A person who is recognized and loved because of the dignity which comes from being a person and not from other considerations, such as usefulness, strength, intelligence, beauty or health.”
In those few words we gain a glimpse into what motherhood should mean versus what it has come to in our age. Sadly, today, millions of mothers approach Mother’s Day with emptiness, sadness, and anxiety. The reason will be that rather than welcoming and carrying her baby, she chose to kill him. No, she probably did not commit this act personally, but rather she facilitated it at the hands of an abortionist, a nurse practitioner, or maybe even a midwife.
In the topsy-turvy world of abortion-on-demand, there is nothing sacred about motherhood, which is why this coming Sunday will be either a celebration of love or a dreaded day of guilt and sorrow.
But it does not have to be that way. There is hope, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and there is every reason to believe that this bleak period in history can be reversed.
How is that? Simple!
Our fellow citizens must see the preborn child, from his very first moment, as a member of the human family—not a “problem” in need of a solution.
Each of us can use our talent, our confidence in truth, and our personal admiration for the sacrifices of our own mothers to make this happen. It is not rocket science; it is as simple as teaching that one plus one equals two.
This Mother’s Day make a promise to your mom, wherever she is, that you will show your love for her by doing more to help others understand what abortion does to a mother and to her preborn child. We can all do something; choosing to do nothing is simply not an option.
Finally, to my own mother I say, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, I love you. I thank God for you. You have always been my hero. God rest your soul.”