This is my first Mother's Day without my dear mama, and it has made me realize that Mother's Day can have a lot of different meanings depending on your circumstances. So I wrote this and offered it in place of the traditional blessing of mothers customarily used at the end of Mass on Mother's Day. I was asked by some people to make it available to them so I post it here. Please share it as you wish.
Blessings to all mothers
Blessings to all who mourn the loss of a mother or the loss of a child
Blessings to those mothers with special needs children, whose motherhood perhaps turned out to be differently from what they dreamed of, at the same time better and worse than they imagined.
Blessings to all who long to be mothers but cannot because of circumstance or biology or some mystery still to be revealed
Blessings to adoptive mothers and their children, and to the biological mothers who gave them life.
Blessings to all who never knew their mothers, or lost them too soon
Blessings to all who are estranged from their mothers, or from their children
Blessings to those separated from their children by illness, distance, or military service.
Blessings to all who struggle with what it means to be a mother, who are fearful of failure, who second guess themselves and wonder what they did wrong or how they can get it right.
Blessings to stepmothers and second mothers and grandmothers raising their children’s children and to all the women in your life who have been like a mother to you.
Blessings to those for whom Mother’s Day is not a blessing, and to those for whom it is a mixed blessing and to those who find it a blessing in every way and a great singing joy.
Fr. Dominic Garramone