Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mother of God Who Looks In On Her Children

This Mother of God reminds me of the woman who returning home at night says to the sitter, "I'll just look in on the children." She goes beyond the door and up to each bed. What is she looking for? That the child is not agitated, wet, anxious, cold, uncovered, fevered, in need of a touch or whispered word.

It's all an invitation to prayer. Mary's eyes are wide-awake here, totally open to me as she enters my own shadowed, inner room. Her mouth is small; no idle word, saying only what I will need to hear.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
in my dis-ease and frustration,
spiritual hunger and thirst,
fear of uselessness and failure,
yet eager to begin again.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
where I feel an impending collapse,
where patience is tried and often short,
where I fear I have stopped growing.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
here unmasked,
between the rock and the hard place,
going under.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
restless in my complaint,
on the brink of tears,
in the darkness of my mind.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
in my foolish distractions,
blanketed by indecision,
poor choices,
resentments and fatigue.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
in the hurt of unhealed wounds,
fears un-addressed,
the energy drain of pride and stubbornness,
the un-knowing -  even of my self.

Mother of God, who looks in on her child,
in my soul-room,
on the edge of my bed,
speak the re-assuring word,
Everything will be alright.

Father Stephen P. Morris


  1. There is nothing more comforting than a mother's love.

  2. Sometimes we just want to know that everything will be alright. We have to accept the things we cannot change. We can't fix the past. We cannot erase our scars. We can only hope that we can feel that warm embrace of the Mother of God, holding us up and carrying us on.

  3. Pope Francis said recently, "Without the Madonna we are orphans." I get it.

  4. A well-timed reminder. Thanks!

  5. A prayer to the Blessed Mother is always welcome. When life gets busy and we get stressed, we forget to pray. You help us to remember that we aren't alone and that we will have the blessings we need if we believe.

  6. Sometimes I tell myself that it will be alright. But most times I feel like a terrible mother. Do I address the needs of my children well enough? Do they know that I love them to the moon and back? Do they understand that I'm not perfect, but that I try hard? Do they like to hear "I love you?"

  7. I've been a priest 38 years and I've met hundreds upon hundreds of parents along the way. Your questions aren't unusual. I think all parents question themselves, just as all priests question themselves. I think most people are trying very hard at what they do - trying their best. Not everyone, but most. And if your kids don't know that now, they will some day. Maybe especially when they have their own children. Maybe they do already. But you know (and you frame it very nicely here) you could ask them in some quiet moment, "Do you know that I love you to the moon and back?" How lovely is that! I send a blessing for your family.