Did you feel just a little bit better appreciated, loved, respected, and listened to as you got out of bed this morning? Well, that would be because before you even woke this morning, Pope Francis was busy reminding the world of the precious gift that we mothers are to our families, society, and the Church.
In a general audience this morning,
“The Pope said that for all our symbolic glorification of mothers, their important contribution to the life of society, their daily sacrifices and their aspirations are not always properly appreciated. Even in Christian communities – he said – often mothers are not listened to. He said that their voices should be taken more into consideration and they should be supported in their aspirations.”
Pope Francis also confirmed that mothers have an important role to play beyond childbearing and beyond the walls of our homes.
“Mothers, Pope Francis said, ‘are an antidote to the spread of self-centeredness, a decline in openness, generosity and concern for others’. And speaking of motherhood, the Pope said that it “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.”
And my favorite line …
“Even in the darkest moments, mothers are witnesses of tenderness, dedication and moral strength.”
Yes! So true! Go get ‘em, moms! Go take on your day!