Growing up could be a difficult time for anyone. Rich, poor, healthy or ill we all yearn deeply to belong. As I was growing up the center of our family unity was Mom. She had these inner, warm eyes that woke me up each morning and calmed my inner being. She made me feel as though I belonged to something bigger than myself. We all have dads, uncles and siblings that contribute to the lives we live. We have outside influences that shape our thoughts. We see things through the lenses of our existence. The Blessed Mother Mary is the image of all moms. She was chosen by God to create a space where we all feel like we belong, a fully human woman made to carry the burden of the cross. It seems our moms are charged with an impossible, bigger than life responsibility. They calm us, invite us to belong and give us the hope of an early morning sunrise.