Mothers are such a wonderful gift to the world and to the Church – it is an honour to be blessed with a family and the task of bringing children up with faith, hope and love, and one that we, ourselves, often forget the value of.
This Mothers day has been particularly special for me as the birth of my third child fast approaches and I know I will have the joy and trials a newborn brings once again. The children are so excited to welcome this new member to our family and into our joyful Church!
Our Blessed Mother, we must remember was an earthly Mother also, she had the joys, and struggles we all have! She was given to us as an example on how to follow Christ in perfect love, and how to remain close to God in our struggles. We cannot underestimate the power of her intercession and her example in our lives as mothers, models and examples to our Children.
I have seen some beautiful reflections on Mothers over the past few days as we approach mothers day, and decided to share two of them – I’d also love to hear yours!
“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor 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 creatures. 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?”
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, on the importance of a Mother.
This next reflection is a little more humourous and aimed at all women – but it really brings home the many facets of life for a woman and also of a mother. God gave women an incredibly beautiful role in the world, one of beauty, honour, dignity and strength:
When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day, an angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?" The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?". She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart, She must do all this with only two hands,"
She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day"
THE ANGEL was impressed" Just two hands? impossible! And this is the standard model?"
The Angel came closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", said the Lord, "But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome"
"Can she think?" The Angel asked. The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate"
The Angel touched her cheeks....
"Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her"
"She is not leaking...it is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel, "What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... . The Lord said. "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."
This made a big impression on the Angel, "Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvellous" The Lord said."Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions. She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in. Her love is unconditional. Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life"
The Angel asked: So she is a perfect being? The lord replied: No. She has just one drawback "She often forgets what she is worth".