She had often reflected on how the special words of consecration ‘This is my body given up for you” applied to their marriage and family too. Couples give themselves bodily, parents too, especially mothers of course and being a mother was for her a lifetime involvement. That special bond continued as her children grew up and married, but then along came the condition of being mother-in-law and having sons and daughters-in-law, coming from a different background with different ways. “I wonder whether other in-laws find this a challenge too, either the parents or the young couples,” she sometimes said to herself.
Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Ruth 1:16
Pope Francis: A particularly delicate aspect of love is learning not to view in-laws as competitors, threats or intruders. AL 198