Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
Happy Mother’s Day. Today is one of the most beautiful days of the year. Let us consider for a moment the thoughts of two great men about the role their mothers played in their lives.
George Washington once said, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” Abraham Lincoln spoke similar words when he said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” Motherhood is a very high calling. What relationship can ever replace the love of a mother and a grandmother? It is essential for women to realize that the love, guidance and influence they provide to their children are distinct and invaluable. There is no doubt that motherhood is a very high calling. But, to whom can mothers look as the real model of motherhood? Today’s modern culture offers many role models through television, movies and women’s magazines. However, often these role models are either all together wrong or they offer a very limited and unrealistic view of true motherhood.
All mothers who wish to be true to their high calling need only look to the woman who became the greatest mother of all. Born into humble surroundings, she was called by God to be the mother of the Son of God. She affirmed her obedience to the call of God and lived out her vocation throughout her entire life. Mary, the mother of Jesus, our Blessed Mother, is the true model of motherhood. “It can thus be said that women, by looking to Mary, find in her the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement. In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable: the self-offering totality of love; the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement” (Blessed John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater). One aspect of Mary’s life that has particular meaning and inspiration for many mothers today is the profound suffering that she endured during the passion of Our Lord.
Divorce, separation, single moms, widows, mothers forced to work out of necessity, grandmothers raising grandchildren, prodigal children and prodigal grandchildren, are realities that cause deep, daily suffering for many women. Added to all of these sufferings, is the pain endured by many married women who would like to be mothers. All mothers and grandmothers need to find in Mary, our Blessed Mother, the faith, hope, love and fortitude to stand firm at the foot of the cross. All suffering has power when we unite our suffering to the cross of Jesus. Take your suffering, united to the suffering of Jesus, and offer that suffering for your children and grandchildren. To be a true mother today is certainly very challenging indeed. However, our yearly celebration of Mother’s Day should motivate all mothers to understand the importance of their call by God to motherhood. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will renew the hearts of all mothers so that they can live out their calling to motherhood with a deeper and more generous love within the daily circumstances of their lives. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will fill all women with the gift of love and that they may fully understand their true dignity as daughters of the awesome God of love. My prayer is that men will respect women and not use them as an object. I am very grateful for the young people of my parish, who struggle every day to heroically live their lives according to God’s plan within a society that is completely out of control.
(Courtesy to Fr. James Farfaglia Catholic Online)
God Bless You,