Home Features Catholics: Call Your Mother By Mary Beth Ellis August 15, 2002 Have you talked to your Mother today? You might want to contact her. She’s been waiting for you. She loves you very much, and would like to know how your day went. She will listen to tales of traffic snarls, snarling customers, and snarling bosses all day long if you let her. She wants to know if your lunch was soggy or if the new girl has smiled at you yet. Your Mother will listen without interjecting the opinion that you really should get the toilet clean, get married, get a child. She loves you with or without these things. She’s older than you are, and knows better, but waits quietly until asked for advice. Your mother is aching to hold you, for this woman knows sorrow. She is never closer than when you are bleeding from the heart. She knows the death of a parent, the death of a spouse, the death of a child. She knows the devastation of rejection and the destruction of the road she thought her life was taking. Your mother is only human; she knows sweeping the floor, family reunions, stubbed toes, and town gossip. She knows mystery. She knows questions. She knows all these things. She knows you. Your mother misses you. She will provide comfort without booking you for a guilt trip, challenge but not push, watch over but never smother. She did no less for her Son. The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is today, Thursday, August 15. Catholic bishops have marked it as a day of prayer for forgiveness and reconciliation within the Church. The Assumption is a holy day; check your parish for Mass times and explain to your boss that one hour off won’t tank the corporation.