Family relationships and vocational discernment

Family relationships and vocational discernment

I never fully realized how a mother feels when she loses her child in a crowd until I witnessed a heart wrenching scene a few summers ago. We were celebrating Mass in a beautiful plateau after a long hike while, during the homily, loud screams and sobs and hysterical yelling broke lose. A mother had finally found her youngteenage son, peacefully resting by a water fountain, waiting for the rest of his family to catch up on his fast-paced hike. She had been so anxious and possessed by fear at having lost him on the mountains, that when she finally found him all her emotions lashed out at once upon the poor boy. I think that all of my hiking companions spent the rest of that Mass praying for this woman and for her son, that they both may be granted healing from the...