Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stand Tall, You are Mom!

At the same time we must not forget that at the personal level one’s dignity is experienced not as a result of the affirmation of rights on the juridical and international planes, but as the natural consequence of the concrete material, emotional and spiritual care received in the heart of one’s family. No response to women’s issues can ignore women’s role in the family or take lightly the fact that every new life is totally entrusted to the protection and care of the woman carrying it in her womb (Cf. John Paul II Evangelium Vitae, 58). In order to respect this natural order of things, it is necessary to counter the misconception that the role of motherhood is oppressive to women, and that a commitment to her family, particularly to her children, prevents a woman from reaching personal fulfilment, and women as a whole from having an influence in society. It is a disservice not only to children, but also to women and society itself, when a woman is made to feel guilty for wanting to remain in the home and nurture and care for her children. A mother’s presence in the family, so critical to the stability and growth of that basic unity of society, should instead be recognized, applauded and supported in every possible way. By the same token society needs to call husbands and fathers to their family responsibilities, and ought to strive for a situation in which they will not be forced by economic circumstances to move away from the home in search of work.

Read and study that again! Wow!

Continuing with the written message of Blessed John Paul II he wrote the above. The mothers role in the heart of the family is pivotal. Do you too struggle with societies definition of woman and mother? I have and cannot totally get rid of it. Too often I feel pressure to "be" and "do" many things. But
after prayer and reflection and seeking advice, the answer always come back with the certainty that focusing on the family and doing my duty within it is my greatest work and first call. A priest I highly respect recently told me that "I think that unfortunately girls are raised with a mindset that being a mother is 'something on the side.' I think that is so damaging to a women's dignity."

Isn't this true! Yes! We were always asked from childhood, what do you want to be? And now our generation of christian mothers struggle with what our hearts say, for those who have children at home still, and what has been drilled into our minds, that we are not fully woman unless we have a career. Let's read gain what Pope John Paul II wrote:

 "A mother’s presence in the family, so critical to the stability and growth of that basic unity of society, should instead be recognized, applauded and supported in every possible way."

Do not think I do not struggle with this. I do! So, we need to know that there ar mothers it there that need to hear again and again that focusing on family is a Holy call that is worthy of being confident in following. Pray for me, I pray for you.




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