Having a baby changes you. It changes your life, your relationships, your responsibilities. It changes the way you spend your time, your thoughts …
Nothing can compare in beauty, and wonder, and admirableness,
and divinity itself, to the silent work in obscure dwellings of faithful women bringing their children to honor and virtue and piety.
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?
In the family women have the opportunity and responsibility to transmit the faith in the early training of their children. They are particularly responsible for the joyful task of leading them to discover the supernatural world. The deep communion uniting her with them allows her to guide them effectively to Christ.
Every woman in the world was made to be a mother either physically or spiritually. Here we are not talking of physical motherhood, we are speaking of spiritual motherhood. A women in professional life is happy when she has the occasion to be feminine. The man is the guardian of nature, but the woman is the custodian of life. Therefore in whatever she does, she must have some occasion to be kind and merciful to others […] The women who does not fail in the professional life, is the woman, therefore, who manifests this feminine quality that we call equity.
All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for his mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father.
A mother with her children always has problems, always work. I remember there were five of us children at home, and while one was doing one thing, the other wanted to do another, and our poor mama went back and forth from one’s side to another, but she was happy. She gave us so much.
Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices they make for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy and strong.
A woman’s sensibilities play a great part in the life of a family and often actually determine its’ course, and these same sensibilities should play their part in the life of the nation and of mankind as a whole.
Just as Christ has suffered the agonizing pains of the crucifixion in order to reopen for us the gates of heaven, so the woman has received the costly privilege of suffering so that another child made to God’s image and likeness can enter into the world.
Cleaning, too, is part of restoring the world to Christ. I suggest you make the sign of the cross before you begin. It is God’s time, God’s broom, God’s floor. It’s up to you how you sweep it. You can become a saint cleaning a room, because God will see the motive in your heart. Let your housework be a song and a prayer of love and atonement.
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.
Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism. “Individual” means “what cannot be divided”. Mothers, instead, “divide” themselves, from the moment they bear a child to give him to the world and help him grow.
Motherhood is a woman’s vocation. It is an eternal vocation, and it is also a contemporary vocation… We must do everything in order that woman may merit love and veneration. We must do everything in order that children, the family and society may see in her that dignity that Christ saw.
To be a mother is to stretch yourself as far as you can possibly go. It is to say, There! That is everything I have; that is my blood, my heart, my bone marrow. And it is then to be called to give in yet a different way, a different direction. Just when a mother wants to rest, she is called to more openness of heart, more self – emptying, more patience, more work, more letting go, more love.
A woman by her very nature is maternal – for every woman, whether … married or unmarried, is called upon to be a biological, psychological or spiritual mother — she knows intuitively that to give, to nurture, to care for others, to suffer with and for them — for maternity implies suffering — is infintiely more valuable in God’s sight than to conquer nations and fly to the moon.
A home is not a dwelling built by hands. Rather it is built by love, by that unity, that oneness, that will make out of a hovel a place of joy and peace, because the tranquility of God’s order reigns in the heart of it.
That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also be thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of “freedom” can take the place of love. So anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women– the ability to love as a woman.
Every human person owes his or her life to a mother, and almost always owes much of what follows in life, both human and spiritual formation, to her. Yet, despite being highly lauded from a symbolic point of view — many poems, many beautiful things said poetically of her — the mother is rarely listened to or helped in daily life, rarely considered central to society in her role.
” The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.” John 10:11
And you, wives and bread winners, have you no task within the fold, no little flock to tend and guard ? Has not God committed to your care the innocent lambs, the little ones of your household ? Within the pasture of your own family are you the good shepherd, or the thief and the hireling ? . . . Jesus does not ask from His shepherds now the shedding of their life-blood. But He does ask from them a death more hard, more lingering, a life-long death of sacrifice for His flock, … the daily crucifying of every evil passion, the stamping out of sloth, of anger, of drunkenness, the constant striving after the holiness of their state of life …
Christian wife! Follow the footsteps of the ideal of all womanhood, the Blessed Mother of God; in joy and sorrow, she will be your advocate at the throne of her Son.
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