Mother’s Day – Trusting that God Knows Best

In honor of Mother’s Day, I share with you the following brief reflection from Amy Welborn’s A Catholic Woman’s Book of Days:

There is no way I could have imagined, at the beginning of any of my pregnancies, who the child within me would turn out to be.

Oh, I had my hopes and dreams, but in more than twenty years of watching the fruit of my womb grow, I have found, without exception, that the reality of each of these people is infinitely more wonderful than anything I could have planned.

Mary could not know, either. Even the angel’s words could not completely express what was to come, either the pain or the joy.

But in faith, trusting that God knows best, she said yes to whatever lay in store.

May God abundantly bless all of our mothers, those living with us on earth, and those living with us through the Communion of saints, for their immeasurable love! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

2 Comments on Mother’s Day – Trusting that God Knows Best

  1. Thank you for such a inspiring message. Friday morning a mother lost her 33 year old son due to a massive heart attack. I will definetly share this message with her. Happy mothers day to all mothers especially to the mothers who has lost a child.

  2. “the reality of each of these people is infinitely more wonderful than anything I could have planned.”

    I have this exact same thought about my wife and kids.

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