While putting James to sleep today, he kept saying “mom” over and over again. It wasn’t in a nagging way, nor did it become irritating. His voice calling out to me was such a sweet sound. In a simple way it reminded me of his dependence on me, not in just putting him to sleep but in just about everything. It was music to my ears and it only made me want to draw even closer to him, embrace him even tighter.
After he had fallen asleep, the simple thought of calling on the Blessed Mother naturally came to mind. First, I thought, is this how Mama Mary feels when we call to her in prayer, specifically when we pray the “Hail Mary” over and over again when reciting the Holy Rosary? She is our mother, too, so I can only imagine that calling her name also brings about tender feelings for her towards us since we are her children. Second, it brought me to thinking of my consecration to Mary. I made my consecration to Jesus through Mary eight years ago, and since then I promised to become dependent on her in all things—offering my prayers and sacrifices to God through her, confident in her maternal care especially in times of suffering or difficulty. This reminds me of when I was a child myself when I had the confidence that my own mom would always take care of me. Similarly, that’s how it is with our Blessed Mother—it also requires a childlike confidence, even as adults now, to know that she will also take care of our needs and lead us by the hand.
Ever since becoming a mom, I have experienced a different level of closeness to the Blessed Mother. She is the epitome of all mothers and I pray especially throughout this month dedicated to Our Lady, that I, and all mothers everywhere (biological mother, adoptive mothers, godmothers, spiritual mothers), may become more like her and turn to her for inspiration on sacred motherhood.