Honoring Mother’s Day

Written by Ann Burns

May 11, 2024

When the Villains are Beautiful

“A woman is capable of more sacrifices than a man. Man is more apt to be a hero, through some great passionate outburst of heroism. But a woman’s love makes a thousand small sacrifices, sprinkling them through the days and the months; their very repetition gives them the character of the commonplace. Not only her soul, but her body, has some share in the Calvary of Redemption; furthermore, she comes closer to death than man, whenever she brings forth a child.”

~The Venerable Fulton Sheen

Christ calls us to embrace motherhood.  It might not be a physical motherhood, as we are not entitled to children, but we are called to spiritual fruitfulness.  We are called to give of ourselves, imitating the Bl. Mother,  in love for Christ. 

 And that is not easy. In truth, our maternal calling may be one of the most challenging things we ever experience. 

 “This is My Body, Given up for You.

This Mother’s Day, I keep thinking of Christ.  Christ carrying His cross to Calvary. Christ on the Cross. 

Motherhood, for all of its glory, is also a way for us to comfort our crucified Lord. 

 Motherhood is bound to the sacrificial. It is an active receptivity to embrace each moment for love of God; it is a willingness to give ourselves in total generosity. It often doesn’t look the way we imagined. Sometimes there is loss, often there are difficulties, but despite all, the love of Christ endures and the beauty of motherhood heals, nourishes, and sustains.  

In both life and death, there is the shedding of blood. Life comes after a “small death” — the pains of labor, death to self, giving up of the body– for the life of another. 

Christ died on the cross, so that we could have eternal life with Him in Heaven. 

What a beautiful, humbling, and awe inspiring invitation to co-collaborate with God in the Divine Act of creation, to be His vessel bearing fruit– bearing life.  

But in that, there are the memories of all kinds of pain.  There may be the ache of waiting for new life that hasn’t come.  Or babies we didn’t get to hold in our arms. Like daggers piercing our hearts, the cross of motherhood can feel unspeakably heavy.  

In these moments, we must turn to Our Lady and call to mind her Fiat, her radical yes to God in all things, even in surrendering her Son to the Cross. 

“Lord, help me to surrender.”

In honoring motherhood, we also recognize and revere the pain of motherhood. Because it is in embracing the cross, that we find Christ. It is in accepting the pain in radical receptivity that we can imitate Our Lady and also open our hearts up to intense fruitfulness and deep joy.  It is in offering up ourselves in love that we usher in more love and reveal God’s tenderness to mankind. 

Motherhood is a Precious Gift from God.  

A calling He has given to us uniquely as women, whether it be physical or spiritual, whether we are blessed with many children or not; we are called to be the custodians of life.  And that is truly worth celebrating. 

Happy Mother’s Day! 

Quotes on Motherhood: 

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.

St. Gianna Molla

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 woman 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.

The Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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.

St. John Vianney

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.

Catherine Doherty 

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux



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