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THE DEEP END: Will I miss it?

As I write this, I am in the middle of moving house. As anyone who has ever moved house will know, it can be an exhausting and stressful time. There are boxes to be filled and labelled, furniture to be lifted and transported, and rooms to be cleaned. There are things to throw in the bin or skip, and trips to the recycling centre and charity shop. And there are a bucket load of emotions that go with the whole process, particularly when it comes to those decisions over what is worth holding onto, and what can be let go. Many an item I’ve regarded in recent weeks, agonising over whether it needs to make the journey with me. My motto has become ‘Will I miss if it if I get rid of it?’ A friend of mine swears by the ‘KonMari’ method of decluttering, which advises asking yourself whether or not an item ‘brings you joy’.

Such are the practical considerations we deal with in life, particularly at pivotal times such as moving home, moving in with a partner, when a child flies the nest, or after a loved one passes away. While we may not be people ‘of great wealth’ like the man in today’s gospel, most of us accumulate a great deal of possessions over a lifetime. Some of it is necessary, but much of it is superfluous. If it came down to it, how much could we let go of? What good will our earthly treasures do us, in the long run?

Tríona Doherty, Athlone, Co Roscommon, Email



‘Of the essence of motherhood is the fact that it concerns the person. Motherhood always establishes a unique and unrepeatable relationship between two people: between mother and child and between child and mother. Even when the same woman is the mother of many children, her personal relationship with each one of them is of the very essence of motherhood. For each child is generated in a unique and unrepeatable way, and this is true both for the mother and for the child. Each child is surrounded in the same way by that maternal love on which are based the child’s development and coming to maturity as a human being […] Mary’s motherhood which becomes man’s inheritance is a gift: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every individual.’

Saint John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater 42