Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day – at least in Europe. Here is a related article I put in the parish newsletter about this wonderful vocation.
Motherhood: (Cardinal Mindszenty) “The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honour of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…” “The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…” “What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this; to be a mother?”
(Pope Francis) “To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war.” “A mother defends herself with a heart filled with love before doing so with words.” “I would like especially to mention you, the women, wives and mothers of Paraguay, who at great cost and sacrifice were able to lift up a country defeated, devastated and laid low by an abominable war. … You lived through many difficult situations which, in the eyes of the world, would seem to discredit all faith. Yet, inspired and sustained by the Blessed Virgin, you continued to believe. … God bless your perseverance, God bless and encourage your faith, God bless the women of Paraguay, the most glorious women of America.” “It occurs to me: why is it mainly women, who to pass on the faith? Simply because the one who brought us Jesus is a woman. It is the path chosen by Jesus. He wanted to have a mother: the gift of faith comes to us through women, as Jesus came to us through Mary.”