In this week leading up to Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to spend a little time each day, sharing thoughts with you about the dignity and value of motherhood. Also because of Mother’s Day upcoming, I have been doing a number of radio interviews in the past week, and continuing this week. Because I have been talking intensely about this subject multiple times a day, I feel like I might discuss the “dignity and value of motherhood” in my sleep. But I don’t want these powerful words and ideas to lose their meaning for me.
And that’s where Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen comes in. I watched the first part of his talk “Women Who Do Not Fail” this morning, and his fresh perspective did not fail to remind me of the important contributions women are called to make in this world — and how hungry our world is for authentic femininity. The video is only 10 minutes, and is definitely worth watching yourself:
Here is what I think is the money quote:
Every woman in the world was made to be a mother either physically or spiritually. Here we are not talking of physical motherhood, we are speaking of spiritual motherhood. A women in professional life is happy when she has the occasion to be feminine. The man is the guardian of nature, but the woman is the custodian of life. Therefore in whatever she does, she must have some occasion to be kind and merciful to others … The women who does not fail in the professional life, is the woman, therefore, who manifests this feminine quality that we call equity.
Yes, please! I especially love how in this talk Sheen affirms women in the workplace as the “custodians of life.” There is nothing “un-feminine” about women in the working world, there is nothing that necessarily “hardens” women who work outside the home, unless they choose to forfeit their feminine selves. Our modern homes, communities, and workplaces need motherhood — both physical and spiritual motherhood — even more today than they did in Sheen’s lifetime.
Thanks be to God for mothers! What are you doing today to share the gift of your motherhood with the world?