In this time of suffering, some people might think that the Church is doing wrong by closing her doors to the lay faithful. I will show you that some people are looking at the Church the wrong way.
The Church is called Holy Mother Church because she is our mother. Most people know the mother who gives birth to them. Think of your mother and how she feeds, cleans, teaches, corrects and confronts you. She loves you and does only what is best for you. Your mother has to make hard choices for you. For example, she will keep you home if you are sick and will make you take medicine that might taste bad but is good for you. She also has to make sure she does not show favoritism.
Holy Mother Church is our mother given to us by Jesus. She knows what is best for her children even if they do not like it. It is hard for her to close her doors but she knows this is the best way for her children to stay healthy. We may ask, “What would Jesus do?” He would tell us to be obedient to your mother the Church.
Some people point to Mother Angelica and say she would allow the lay faithful to go to Mass. Mother Angelica founded my community, the MFVAs. When I joined 28 years ago, I looked like I was 12 years old even though I was 19. My mother died when I was 3 years old. Mother Angelica was like a mother to me. When you do not have a mother, you do stupid things. Example: I was about 10 years old. My brothers, sister and I were playing in a ditch full of water. A neighbor told us it was a sewage ditch. If my mother were alive, she would not have let us play in the sewage. My sister told Mother Angelica some stories about our childhood. Mother said she was surprised that we were still alive.
Mother Angelica was a mother and she watched over her nuns, friars, EWTN and all the lay faithful. I am a 100% sure she would have done exactly what Holy Mother Church asked of her. She also would have done exactly what EWTN is doing – making sure that the Mass, prayers and spiritual teachings are available in all forms of media. This way all of God’s children could be helped spiritually in these hard times. If Mother Angelica were alive, she would be acting as a mother to every person.
When my mother died, my dad pointed me to the Blessed Mother. When you lose your mother at an early age, your desire for a mother is greater. I think a lot about what it would have been like to have a mother physically present. It is the same when you cannot go to Mass. Your desire to go to Mass can become stronger.
In this time of suffering, think about Holy Mother Church, the Blessed Mother, your birth mother and all your spiritual mothers. They are all there for you. Let them take care of you.
Happy Mother’s Day!
– Br. Leo Mary, MFVA