Some Christian churches' liturgical seasons include a number of holy days, feasts and solemnities that celebrate Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, saints and important events.
Here in the United States, one equivalent celebration - in what I would term a spirit of secular sanctity - is Mother's Day, which we will celebrate this year on Sunday, May 13.
I believe a lot of men in Minnesota will be available to celebrate with their wives and mothers this year due to the fact that they will likely need an ice breaker if they want to participate in the state's fishing opener. But I digress; back to the main points.
In my mind, Mother's Day stands worlds apart from, and in almost total opposition to, the radical feminists who try to indoctrinate gullible young girls, impressionable teenagers on the brink of feminine maturity, and searching college women into believing men and society are trying to enslave them with marriage and children.
I still don't understand how rational women believe freedom is achieved by killing their unborn children.
Real mothers understand that men and women have different natures that are complementary - even though things don't always run as smoothly as everyone would want. Even the Bible speaks to a man and woman leaving their families, cleaving to one another and "the two shall become one flesh."
Too many people think a husband who's the head of a family is tyrannical. Most successful marriages are founded on a partnership of mutual respect and understanding of each other's nature. Women are the only ones who have the ovaries and eggs, who carry the baby until birth and then lactate to nourish the child postpartum. Try that in your petri dish.
The foundation of societies for centuries has been the family ... if you can destroy the family and you can destroy the society. If you think our politics are solely responsible for the social divisions in our country today, you may not have noticed that our government is continually intervening in the family, usurping parental rights and authority, and allowing immature, spoiled, selfish children to manipulate individual adults and agencies.
Ask any teacher in larger cities and school districts if they have seen this happen, and then wonder why many are unhappy with their jobs.
In the hierarchy of vocations we follow, I would rank the clergy and religious first; God should always come first. Marriage and motherhood would be second, followed by the military services and public safety personnel. Teachers and medical personnel follow closely and I'll just leave it at that. I can already imagine a lot of disagreement with my prioritization.
The God we profess is a god of unconditional love. Nearly all mothers also love unconditionally; they are wired that way. They grieve when their children do wrong. But they still love them and want them to succeed and to be happy.
Cards and flowers are nice; calling your mother is much nicer. Spending the day with her is better still. You might even thank her for having you.
Remember, if it wasn't for her you wouldn't be here.
And don't forget the mother of your children either. That old classic song, "Little Things Mean a Lot," is absolutely true.
That's the way I see it.