This weekend we observe Mothers’ Day. It is an opportunity not only to thank our Mothers and to thank the Lord for them, but also to pray for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers. So many are already mothers and are just finding out that they are carrying their child within them. They need our encouragement and support, no matter how unplanned, surprising, or shocking the pregnancy may be to them or to us. The fact that motherhood begins before the mother realizes it reminds us of Jesus’ words, “It was not you who chose me; it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit that will last.” God’s choice always comes before ours. When He chooses that someone is to be a mother, let us respond with joyful support.