Mom passed away 5 years ago, she had fulfilled her Motherly role (literally) but remains to be in our hearts always. We’ve grown up to be somebody a mother can be proud of and we’ve fulfilled our roles to look out for each other especially Dad.
So today is not exceptional day for us — we celebrate the memory of her everyday, so it’s as if it’s Mother’s day everyday in the house. Not a day passed that we don’t remember her or imagine what it was like if she’s alive.
But someone took over her role as Mom — my sister.
Not that we needed mothering but she was the closest we can have as a mother since Mom died. She is full of wisdom, ideas and wit. Never tire of listening to my problems and never tire of giving encouragements, anchored in the love of God and guidance of Mama Mary. She never tire of scolding me (us) also when needed or sometimes not.
She’s loved by many, makes me proud to hear good words from other people about her, makes me happy to be her little sister. When she was given a new obedience I knew God has bigger plans for her. I hope her community realizes they are in for a ride — a good ride!
Every Easter nuns are given new obedience — for regular people like us it’s called assignment of role or promotion. When my sister confided in me her new obedience, I felt very proud and was happy because I knew what she’s capable of and knew that God has prepared her for it for a long time now. But I also heard reluctance in her voice, she has ducked it for a long time but not this time. She felt she cannot do it or that she’s more effective as an educator which has nothing to do with administrative responsibilities and all that comes with the title of Madre Superiora.
It would be bigger responsibilities for her for sure but if others had done it I am sure she can do it too. I was manager before her knowing most technical parts of it but I am not comparable to her wisdom in handling people and situation.
In a week time she will assume the role and knowing her not to back out of difficult situation I know she will put all her trust in God. After all she was given the obedience guided by the wisdom and graces of God — that those that entrusted her the new role saw in her the capability to inspire more people with her leadership, to make changes and adjustment in her and her community with her humility and to bring in more youthfulness all around her, in the way she communicates and deal with the people she encountered in her life.
I am lucky to have my personal spiritual guide and so happy she’s my sister. This is the moment where you can say “You make your Nanay proud” and I am sure wherever Nanay is and together with Tatay and the rest of us, we are very happy for you and wish you all the best with this new experience.
Happy “Madre” day to you and to all the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco!
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