Sunday, May 11, 2014

Vocation of Motherhood

"God does not choose the qualified but he qualifies the ones he chooses" -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

A truly beautiful quote and so fitting for those called to motherhood.  Few are ready for the trials of raising children in love and faith.  So often there is a feeling of inadequacy and failure.  Yet such is the path Our Lord laid out for us.  As we heard in todays second reading in Mass:
"But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:20-21).

On a day when many in the United Sates honor mothers I found myself again feeling so often I fall short of the mother I wish I could be.  It is then that I take such consolation in the assistance of Our Blessed Mother.  So often I have written of the graces that are bestowed on our children as they pray in our different Children's Rosary groups.  Receiving the fruits of obedience and purity from the fourth joyful mystery and the second sorrowfu mystery.  Yet today there is a recognition of the grace that we mothers receive from praying the Rosary with our children.  The fruits of the second joyful mystery: love of neighbor and the fourth sorrowful mystery: patience seem all too needed as a mom.  Yet even despite all these graces, there is even more consolation through the Rosary that Our Blessed Mother makes up for our deficiencies with our children when we ask her in prayer to help us.  Yes, Mother Teresa's words speak so beautifully about a role she herself knew much about, for those closest to her called her simply: Mother.  Indeed she was Mother to many and although hard to imagine I'm sure struggled in such a role as well.  For such is the road which Our Lord set out for us.   

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