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To Be A Mother

As we celebrated Mother’s Day today, I felt very blessed to have my children, 2 of my grandchildren, my sisters and a brother here together. I am particularly grateful to be able to celebrate another Mother’s Day with my mother. I have many friends whose mother’s have passed away and they are missing them particularly today. I thought about the friends I have who are not mothers in the biological sense, but are very much so as they care for their loved ones. I also thought about those struggling and hurting today for various reasons – single mothers, those missing children who have passed away or lost due to miscarriage or abortion, people who don’t have a good relationship with their mothers and so on. I realize it can be a difficult day for many and my heart and prayers went out to all. In a perfect world, infants and their mom’s would be protected, loved, and nurtured from the moment of conception. In my opinion, there is no greater gift than my children and I cannot imagine my life without them. I came across an article with a dozen quotes about mothers from prominent Catholics. Here is my favorite:
József 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—a 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?”

I Found God today in the blessing of being a mother.

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