Sunday, May 12, 2013

To the sheperdess' of the little flocks;

In the May 12, 2013 issue of the Sunday Visitor,  I came to the article, "Following Mary's Steps in Hope, Faith and Love" by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, I immediately saw a quote by John Paul II. I feel bad, but it all I was able to read! This quote has encouraged me so much, and I believe it will encourage you.  Pope John Paul II spoke the following in his homily at the beatification of St. Gianna Beretta Molla in 1994:

We would like to pay homage to all the brave mothers who dedicate themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves... How hard they have to fight against difficulties and dangers! How frequently they are called to face genuine 'wolves' determined to snatch and scatter the flock! And these heroic mothers do not always find support in their surroundings. On the contrary, the cultural models frequently promoted and broadcast by the media do not encourage motherhood. In the name of progress and modernity, the values of fidelity, chastity, sacrifice, in which a host of Christian wives and mothers have distinguished and continue to distinguish themselves, are presented as obsolete. As a result, a woman who is determined to be consistent with her principles often feels deeply alone, alone in her love which she cannot betray, and to which she must remain faithful.

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