Year in year out “Mothering Sunday” or “Mother’s Day” comes around and it is a delight to see and hear of families doing their best to affirm their mothers young and old and give thanks to God for their unique love and witness to goodness, beauty and truth. There’s a million things one could say but I simply share two profound messages from two extraordinary shepherds. The following is from the pen of the late and great Cardinal Joseph 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?”
And the second was very kindly sent to me by Archbishop Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family which was part of a speech he gave recently on the family in Taiwan, where he quotes the Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero;
“It is in a mother’s womb that communication – listening and physical contact – begins. Archbishop Romero, the Blessed Martyr of El Salvador, had much to say about motherhood at the funeral of one of his priests murdered by a death squad: ‘Not all of us will have the honour of shedding our blood for the faith, but God asks all who believe in Him, to have the spirit of martyrdom. Giving one’s life doesn’t just mean being killed, giving one’s life, having the spirit of martyrdom, means giving all to duty, in silence, in prayer, in fulfilling one’s responsibilities. It means giving one’s life little by little, in the silence of daily life, just as a mother does, when without fear, with the simplicity of maternal martyrdom, she gives birth, nurses, raises and lovingly cares for her child.’ What a splendid example of the way to proclaim the beauty of motherhood.’
Happy Mother’s day to all mothers!