It’s Mother’s Day soon and as we think about mothers, there are two people who immediately spring to my mind – Mother Mary and Mother Theresa.

Mary had four sons as well as Jesus and these are James, Jude, Joseph and Simon. Most of us are very familiar with the love of this beautiful woman. What a huge responsibility to be chosen to be the mother of Jesus!

Mother Theresa was a nun and had no children of her own. Yet, countless children were taken care of by her with a love and compassion that Jesus came to teach.

I’m reminded too of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice entitled ‘A Mother’s Love’ and it reads as follows:

A Mother’s love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . . 
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.

Many of you reading this article are mothers, many long to be and many have chosen not to be. May I take this opportunity to salute women everywhere, for each of us are mothers in our own way, no matter where life has taken us and what path we have chosen to follow. Let the world be filled with that unconditional love and be uplifted now and forever more.

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