Pope Francis on Mothers

On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day, here are some of Pope Francis’s thoughts on Mothers. “So, Let’s remember with appreciation all mothers, even our mothers in heaven particularly throughout the world at this time of the [coronavirus] pandemic.”

“To be a mother is a great treasure through their sacrifices, mothers assist in helping society to overcome its self-centered tendencies, as well as its lack of openness, generosity and concern for others.”

“Mothers, are often taken advantage of because of their availability. Not even the Christian community values them properly, despite the eminent example of the Mother of Jesus.”

“All of us give credit to our mothers for life and many other things, but not always are they listened to or helped in everyday life. In this sense motherhood is more than childbearing; it is a life choice entailing sacrifice, respect for life, and commitment to passing on those human and religious values which are essential for a healthy society.”

This maternal martyrdom, consists of a mother’s ability to offer herself in silence, prayer and total surrender, “without any fanfare,” to her motherly duties. A mother’s sensitivity “to all that threatens human life and welfare is a source of enrichment for society and the Church,” observing how it is common in moments of difficulty to encounter the tenderness, dedication and moral strength of our mothers.

“Mothers, often give the first roots of the faith, the ones that permeate deepest; without them not only would the faithful be lost, but also a good part of the deepest fire of our faith,”

We need to thank all mothers for what they are and for all that they give to the Church and to our world.”

Pope Francis concluded his midday address by recalling that Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries today. “I wish to remember with gratitude and affection all mothers, and entrust them to the protection of Mary, our mother in heaven.” He remembered too “the mothers who have gone to the other life and accompany us from heaven.” Then addressing his global audience, Francis asked people to spend a moment in silence and “let each of us remember our own mother.”

A photo of my mum  below.

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