Mother’s Day is one of the biggest commercial holidays of the year. Offspring, young and middle-aged, buy flowers, special gifts, cards, and fill restaurants to overflowing. Often, Mother’s Day is a day when guilt is assuaged because of negligence during the previous month since Christmas. Mostly, Mother’s Day is a saccharine holiday without much deep meaning. This year I am thinking of the mothers in Boston, in West, Texas, in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and other places where there has been terrible violence. These mothers are experiencing pain that only a mother can experience. A child, young or old, was part of her body for nine months and there is a special bond. When that child dies – especially as a result of violence – the pain is unbearable. Let us pray for those mothers today, especially.