Sunday, May 8, 2016

Reflections on Motherhood

“ It_takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself. "  
Ritu Ghatourey

What defines a mother?

A mother is defined in so many terms. They are endless.

Being a mother does not end in just physically giving birth to a child but everything that follows after that.

It is a lifetime journey of experiencing the joys and pains of rearing and parenting.

It is a lifelong discovery of effective and ineffective parenting strategies.

Being a mother challenges us to delve deeper into our own intellectual, emotional and spiritual capacities to rationalize with our actions, decisions and principles.

It is a gift that needs constant reinforcement through prayer so we can fully realize our role and can surpass life’s setbacks.

What makes motherhood unparalleled?

A mother has the most powerful role of influencing the character of her child and instilling values which will help them grow to be upright and responsible human beings.

The love of a mother is unsurpassable. No one can replace it. Children will keep their memories of it in their hearts. It will serve as the cornerstone of building their lives and achieving their dreams.

Changing lifestyles and beliefs in this contemporary period require tremendous efforts from mothers. According to Fr. James Farfaglia (2012) effects of divorce, separation, single parenthood, mothers forced to work out of necessity, death of a family member, grandmothers raising grandchildren, prodigal children and prodigal grandchildren, are realities that cause deep suffering. 

May the blessing of the Divine
Be an especially bright benediction
Upon mothers everywhere
On your blessed day -
On Mother's Day!



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