On May 9th of 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, proclaiming the very first Mother’s Day—ushering in a great tradition of celebration, appreciation and angst-ridden gift shopping for people who have no clue what Mom wants.
Why not ask Mom? Because Mom—who can seemingly handle any crisis, solve any problem, answer any question—is of absolutely no help in that regard:
“I don’t need anything.”
“You shouldn’t be spending money on me.”
[Insert your mother’s favorite gift-deflecting response here.]
As a public service, your friends at Aquinas & More, have some gift suggestions they’ll be happy to send you in time for Mother’s Day:
This can come as a surprise to people, but Mass cards aren’t just for wakes and funerals. The living need plenty of prayer and a Mass dedicated to the intentions of a member of the Church Militant is a gift well given.
Nobody has more reasons to spend time in prayer than a mother—whether she’s praying for the welfare of her children or perseverance in dealing with them (paging St Monica). Introducing Mom to a new devotion or a different way of approaching one she’s already fond of is a very thoughtful gesture.
If your mother doesn’t already have a Miraculous Medal, seriously consider giving her one. What better way for her to start her day than by remembering Our Lady, who understands every bit of emotion a mother will experience in the course of a day.
And there are many other faith-based gifts out there, such as books, music, and religious art.
What about that old standby—flowers? Those are nice, but as Mom might say, “They’re so expensive. And they don’t last.” That’s where you can get creative and tell Mom you’re planning to spend absolutely no money on her at all.
Well, almost none. Just get her a nice card and write into it the promise of a spiritual bouquet of rosaries, chaplets and any other prayers you know are dear to her.
We hope that helps. Happy Mother’s Day, everybody!
He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.
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