St. Anthony Claret
Ever see misbehaving kids in the grocery store and thank God those aren't YOUR kids? Mom pride creeps up on us pretty fast. In my experience, though, my kids know just how to humble me back to earth.
One more thing: I might think I'm never like the Pharisee in today's gospel, but every time I pass inner judgement on another mom, I'm doing the same thing. Parenting has it's challenges, and if you haven't experienced any yet, chances are you meant to google another website. Sometimes I'm in the zone and think I'll get mother-of-the-year for sure, but I'm pretty quickly humbled by a mouthy pre-teen or screaming toddler. When I see a mom I'm tempted to pass judgement on, I quickly stop and pray for her. If I'm able, I offer an encouraging smile or a kind word. God's mercy extends most generously to those of us who acknowledge our failings. Those of us who are humble will be exalted!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, protect me from the sin of pride. Help me to humble myself within my vocation and offer encouragement, not judgement, to other moms. In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Anthony of Claret, pray for me.