Are all women called to be mothers?

St. John Paul II says:

“Motherhood is a woman’s vocation, yesterday, today, always. It is her eternal vocation. A mother is the one who understands everything and embraces each of us with her heart. Today’s world is hungrier than ever for that motherhood which, physically or spiritually, is woman’s vocation as it was Mary’s.”

Does the idea of every woman being called to the vocation of motherhood (biological, adoptive or spiritual) bother you? If so, why is that, and what can we learn from our resistance to this idea?

I take up this quote and our cultural response to it in the first chapter of Momnipotent, and that is part of what we are discussing this week in the CatholicMom.com Momnipotent book club. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to discuss Momnipotent, chapter by chapter, along with you. I hope you will read along and join our discussion!

About Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean, mother of eight, is editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest and Faith & Family. She is also author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom, Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living and (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day